Just because summer's over doesn't mean you can't still have sangria! Made with just 3 simple ingredients, this caramel apple sangria is a fantastic fall cocktail you'll want to sip throughout the season.
What type of white wine is good for sangria?
The best wine for sangria really depends on the type of sangria you're making and your palate. Since this caramel apple sangria is made with white wine, apple juice and caramel vodka, it's super sweet. This means a sweet white wine (like a moscato) works really well in the recipe. But only if you're already a fan of sweet wine.
If you prefer tangy, acidic flavours, a dryer wine would work better in this recipe. Something like a pino grigio, for example, would be great.
If you want to jazz things up a little, you could even use cava or another type of sparkling wine, such as prosecco or champagne, if you're feeling super fancy. I use cava in white sangria recipes all the time (like for my sparkling summer sangria) and it's amazing!
How to serve white sangria
No one likes warm white wine, whether it's being poured straight out of a bottle or made into white wine sangria. Unless it's mulled wine sangria, which is made with white wine and tastes incredible warm! But back to this caramel apple sangria. You really need to serve it chilled, so I recommend adding a handful of ice into the jug if you're going to serve it immediately after making it.
If you've got plenty of time, you can make this caramel apple sangria and leave it to sit in the fridge for a few hours to chill. This way, you won't run the risk of ice watering it down and the flavours will have time to develop. Just make sure you wrap the jug with plastic wrap before you leave it in the fridge. You don't want whatever else is in your fridge affecting the flavour.
Sangria usually has chopped fruit in it, but this caramel apple sangria doesn't. When I originally created the recipe a few years ago, I chopped up some apple and placed it into the jug. But when I looked at the recipe again this year...I sorted of wondered why I included the apple at all. Caramel vodka and apple juice are pretty strong flavours. So much so that they totally overwhelm any flavour you'd expect to get from apple chunks.
So instead of wasting your apples by chopping them up and dropping them into the jug, I recommend you slice them into rounds and use them to decorate the glasses. They look really fancy and you can use them to nibble on if you get hungry. Or as a lid for your glass if you've got a problem with flies where you live.
To make the apple decorations like the ones in the picture, simply slice horizontally straight through the centre of an apple. Don't forget to pop the pips out - you don't want them floating in your drink.
You need to make the apple slices thick enough so they stand up straight. But not so thick that each glass is decorated with ½ an apple. A thickness of about 0.5cm/0.2 inches works pretty well.
More sangria recipes
If you love sangria, you've got to try my other sangria recipes:
- The Best Red Wine Sangria - a simple red wine sangria enhanced with autumnal cinnamon.
- Easy Sangria Recipe - everyone should know how to make a basic sangria!
- Mulled Sangria - a tropical twist on a Christmas classic.