Autumn Harvest White Sangria
Warm days and cooler nights are a sure sign that fall is in the air. This flavourful sparkling white sangria is infused with apples, pears, and pomegranate. It's a fizzy delight!
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With so many white wines to choose from, which one should you use for this celebration of all things autumn? We recommend a Pinot Grigio because it's dry and acidic, and apples and pears are already some of the flavours in this wine. Why a dry wine? To keep to the fall theme, you'll be adding a cup of sweet cider to this mixture—no need to go overboard on sweetness, right?
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1 (750 ml) bottle white wine (dry, like Pinot Grigio)
1 cup apple cider
1 Granny Smith apple
1 honey crisp apple
1 Bartlett pear
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco, Champagne, or sparkling white wine
fresh rosemary and cinnamon sticks (optional, to garnish)
In a large pitcher, combine one bottle of white wine with the apple cider. Core and chop the apples and pear into small chunks (no need to peel), then stir them in along with the pomegranate seeds. Let chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, up to overnight.
When ready to serve, pour individual glasses leaving 1”-2” of room in each. Top with chilled Prosecco, Champagne, or sparkling white wine. Garnish as desired, and serve.
You can serve after chilling for an hour, but we recommend waiting at least a few hours or even a day before serving. This way the fruit really has a chance to infuse into the wine and cider blend. Also, you could swap out the pomegranate seeds for cranberries, or add both.
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Anita & Sheila ~ The Moms, Moms Sipping Sangria