While it still may be hot and humid in parts of the country, Illinois is slowly cooling down. It’s creeping towards the end of the summer season for us. For me, that means it’s the end of a care-free time and back to the busy days of getting our family on a strict schedule.
As much as I enjoy the warm months, I’m very much looking forward to the flavors of Fall. To celebrate the end of one season and the beginning of a new one, Mirassou Winery has asked me to create a signature cocktail. While I won’t claim to be an expert in the delicious world of wines, I can say that I enjoy and trust in the quality of Mirassou as it is America’s oldest winemaking family that has been crafting wines in California for over 160 years. That’s a long time to learn and perfect the art that is wine making.
This tasty adult beverage enhances the subtle flavors of peach, tangerine, melon and honeysuckle in the Mirassou Moscato wine.
When making this recipe, you can choose your own favorite varieties of sweet apples and pears. Personally, I love the crisp texture of a HoneyCrisp apple along with the tartness of a Granny Smith apple. The frozen grapes not only add to the flavor but are a great substitute for ice. They’ll keep your drink chilled without watering it down.
This sweet and delicious pitcher of caramel apple Sangria is best served in the company of great friends and family. I found it to be the perfect beverage to unwind with at home on the back porch in the company of my husband.
If a pitcher of Sangria shared with your adult friends is something you’d like to do, you’ll want to visit Mirassou Winery on Facebook where you’ll find information on how to enter the Dream Dinner Party Contest. You’ll be given the opportunity to pin your favorite dinner-party inspired wine, decor and more for a chance to win $1,000 and a wine fridge. It’s the perfect opportunity to turn your dream dinner party into a reality!
Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe
- 1 750 mL bottle of Mirassou Moscato
- 3 cups apple cider
- 1 cup carbonated lemon-lime soda
- ⅓ cup caramel flavored vodka
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 sweet apples (any varieties), diced
- 1 pear (any variety), diced
- ½ cup green grapes, halved
- Add the apples, pear and grapes to a large pitcher.
- Slowly poor in the Moscato, cider, vodka and cinnamon.
- Gently stir.
- Refrigerate for one hour.
- Before serving, add the lemon-lime soda and stir gently.