Apple Picking and Sangria (Recipe Included)

Hello hello! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I had quite a busy week last week and was all over the place, but I’m back on schedule now.

I ventured down to RI on Saturday to visit my friend Jen for a fall activity filled day. We went apple (and pumpkin) picking, made sangria, and even stopped by our Alma-mater for alumni weekend. I thought I would share with you guys the recipe for the “Caramel Apple Cider Sangria” we made because it was amazing. We ended up with around 12 healthy servings.

For the sangria (adapted from this recipe), you will need:

  • 3 apples (we chose Gala apples)
  • 1 pear (we chose a Bartlett pear)
  • 750 ml of white wine (we used Pinot Grigio, but feel free to go with something sweeter if you prefer that)
  • 6 cups of apple cider (we had a spiced apple cider from Trader Joe’s which added some extra flavor)
  • 1 cup of caramel vodka (try Kissed Caramel by Smirnoff)
  • 1/2 cup of plain vodka (this is optional, any brand will do)

Easy enough right?

The steps we took where as follows:

  1. Stir together the cider, wine, and caramel vodka
  2. Chop up the apples and pears into evenly sized cubes and put into the pitcher
  3. Try the sangria. If it is perfect for your taste buds, move on step 6. If it is too sweet for you, move on to step 4.
  4. Finish off with the plain vodka to balance out the sweetness (yes, on top of the chopped fruit)
  5. Stir some more
  6. Chill for 2-3 hours
  7. Stir again before serving, and enjoy!

This sangria does come out very sweet so if you prefer a more crisp taste, I definitely suggest adding the plain vodka or foregoing the caramel one all-together and just putting in plain vodka. And if you can’t find a “spiced” apple cider, you can always add some cinnamon sticks to the sangria (just don’t put too much as it can be overbearing).

If you try it out or know of any other sangria recipes you think I should try, let me know in the comment section below!

Here are some more pictures from my adventures this weekend!