When the weather starts to heat up I like to put my favorite flavor combination of apples and ginger on ice with this super easy Apple Ginger Sangria!
I love summer time entertaining, but I don’t love being strapped to the kitchen when we have guests over. This crowd pleaser of a recipe is perfect for summer because it’s super easy to prepare in advance. Plus, having pitchers of drinks ready to go when your company arrives is an easy way to ensure you’re able to mingle and enjoy a few drinks with your company too.
Sangria recipes are generally pretty basic: combine a fruity wine, chopped fruit, a squeeze of something bright and a spritz of something fizzy. Let it all mix and mingle together then serve. I mean, seriously, it just doesn’t get any easier than that!
We’ve all had sangrias where the fruit flavors get muddled, but I assure you that won’t happen with this Apple Ginger Sangria! My secret for making this sangria’s fruity flavor really shine through is to incorporate the help of the shredding disc on my food processor. I admit shredded apples may not be the most appealing look, but it helps get the most out of them as far as flavor goes and I can strain the apple shreds out before adding my sangria to a serving pitcher.
I used two types of apples for this sangria, Stemilt’s Piñata® and Granny Smith varieties. They both have a firm texture that I love and their sweet/tart balance of flavor pairs nicely with the riesling and Champagne. Also, I really like garnishing my sangria with cinnamon sticks and star anise, but they will change the flavor if you let them sit in the liquid for too long. If you want to add garnishes like these to the pitcher, wait until right before you serve to add them in.
Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think in the comments!