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Cheers to your new favorite sangria, a honey apple cider sangria that is. Perfectly balanced, and sweetened with just a touch of Local Hive Honey, it's excellence in a glass. Pinkies up!
I will never say no to a delicious cocktail, especially when it's made with apple cider. This sangria recipe combines two of my favorite things: apple cider and honey. It's quite literally fall in a glass and I cannot wait to make it again for the holidays.
This recipe was inspired by my rose sangria, which is a fan favorite here on this site!
What are the ingredients for this recipe?
Making this honey apple cider sangria doesn't take more than just four ingredients, with the honey being the true star in this recipe:
- White wine: I used a pinot grigio, but a chardonnay works great too.
- Apple Cider: of course, for this cocktail we need apple cider. I used a 100% organic gala apple cider.
- Grand Marnier: Adds a little more flavor and of course, more alcohol
- Honey: I cannot say enough about Local Hive Honey and their products. This cocktail won't be the same without honey, so explore their website or find them at your local Whole Foods for this cocktail. You'll be happy you did!
See the recipe card below for more information about quantities.
Why add honey to a cocktail?
Local Hive Honey has incredible varieties of honey, all from regions across the country. The honey that is used in this recipe, the Oregon Blackberry, is part of their Harvest Reserve gift box, and is the perfect sweet addition to this cocktail. Some folks may add agave to their sangria or cocktails, but I am telling you here and now, HONEY is it, honey 🙂 Plus, you can grab some for yourself at their site!
How do I make this drink?
Making a drink should not be overcomplicated. The only thing you really want to be sure you follow is the amount of liquor that the recipe suggests, otherwise the drink can go entirely off balance and won't taste as it's intended to.
Fill a large shaker cup or pitcher with enough ice to cover ⅔ of the cup or shaker. Pour in the cider, white wine, honey and stir vigorously to incorporate the honey.
To the pitcher, pour in the Grand Marnier and stir again. Pour into a rocks or cocktail glass with ice and garnish with an apple skewer.
HINT: Mix the honey in really well so that it does not sink to the bottom of the glass or pitcher and get stuck.
Recipe Swaps and Substitutions
This sangria was developed based on apple cider and honey, so if either of these are not your thing, this drink may not be for you. However, if you want to switch up a few things, here's what I would suggest:
- White Wine - If you don't like pinot grigio, you can use a chardonnay intstead.
- Grand Marnier - leave it out completely, or you can swap in Cointreau
- Fruit - feel free to throw in fresh blackberries and blueberries for a fun splash of color and extra sweetness.
How do I pair this cocktail?
This delicious drink pairs really well with many different dishes, such as my veggie pasta bake, turkey chili, or served on a Thanksgiving table with my sweet potato casserole on the side. Apple cider brings a warmth to the drink, and with the Oregon Blackberry honey, any recipe.
Making this cocktail doesn't require gadgets or whimsical tools. All you need is:
- A cocktail spoon - this drink is stirred, not shaken.
- Stemmed glass - I like this type of glass for this drink because it presents beautifully, but if you want to use a regular high ball or a stemless wine glass, go for it.
- Jigger (to measure to alcohol) - we use this to help keep the drink itself balanced. While having a lot of the liquor in the drink is fun, it will throw the entire cocktail off it is too strong or too weak.
How can I store or prep this recipe?
You can make a large batch of this sangria for a party the night before, but don't add the ice in until the day of! You can keep this sangria in the fridge for up to two days.
Garnish the rim of the glass with some cinnamon! It'll give you all the feels and add another layer of flavor to the drink when you sip.
Hungry for more?
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
Honey Apple Cider Sangria
- 1 medium pitcher or large shaker
- 1 jigger
- 1 cocktail spoon
- 3 oz apple cider
- 2 oz white wine
- 2 tablespoon Local Hive Honey Oregon Blackberry
- ½ oz Grand marnier
- Fill a large shaker cup or medium pitcher with ice to the top.
- Pour in the cider, white wine, honey and stir vigorously to incorporate the honey.
- To the pitcher or shaker, add in the grand marnier and stir again.
- Pour into a rocks or cocktail glass with ice and garnish with an apple skewer.