apple cider sangria

A big jug of sweet sangria makes it easy for guests to help themselves, allowing for a casual, effortless way to get a party started.

1 gallon apple cider
2 750-ml bottles Sauvignon Blanc (or similar), or to taste
1 cup cognac
Juice from 1 orange
Juice from 2 lemons
1 apple, thinly sliced
4 cinnamon sticks
Ice, for serving
Lemon or orange slices, for garnish

In a large jug or pitcher, combine apple cider, wine, cognac, orange and lemon juice, apple slices, and cinnamon sticks and give mixture a good stir. Cover and chill until ready to serve, at least 1 hour.

Place ice in a tall glass and fill with sangria. Garnish with a lemon or orange slice. Repeat with remaining glasses.

Serves 8-10.

cook’s note: For a warmer, smokier flavor, try adding an ounce (or to taste) of your favorite bourbon. The combination of apples and bourbon, along with the citrus, is perfect, especially when the autumn weather is a bit brisk.