You may think sangria is strictly a summer cocktail, but we’re here to tell you that assumption is totally wrong. Yes, sangria can serve as a cool and refreshing drink, but it also can serve as a festive punch filled with seasonal fruit and spices (perfect for serving in a large bowl outside by a bonfire). If you don’t believe us yet, read on for three autumn red sangria recipes we love.
1. Sparkling and Spiced Fall Sangria
Sure, the ingredients in this sangria recipe may be more winter than autumn (and it may not truly be red -- it features light red hues), but we think it still works for this list. It’s filled with intriguing spices and fruit (it has cranberries, black peppercorns, kumquats, tangerines, and ginger shrub), and features Brut Cava. We think this is one of those red sangria recipes you’ll end up making again and again. This originally came from Stir and Strain, but was featured on our sister site, EcoSalon.
2. Apples and Oranges Autumn Sangria
This sangria is filled with two bottles of red wine, brandy, and Gran Marnier. As the title suggests, it’s filled with fresh apples instead of the standard spring and summery lemons and limes. And while this recipe just calls for orange juice, we suggest slicing up fresh oranges to add to this autumn concoction, too. (Also: pop over to a local orchard to get the apples for this recipe -- celebrate the season!)
3. Spicy Simmered "Cool Nights" Sangria
This is one of the more unique and totally appropriate red sangria recipes out there. Why, you may ask? Because it’s filled to the brim with simmered seasonal ingredients. The list of this drink’s ingredients are totally heartwarming, and include red wine, pomegranate juice, orange, cherries, cloves, peppercorns, allspice, nutmeg, anise, and of course, cinnamon sticks.
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