Easy Holiday Drinking: Hard Cider Sangria Punch

You say you want a cocktail that’s light enough to sip steadily during the day at a family or friendly get-together because too much of the hard stuff and Great Aunt Flo is on her tush. This sangria is that cocktail. We used fall fruit and hard cider for a light apple-y effervescence. Why should summer have all the fun?

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  • Fall Sangria Punch
  • Serves 8-10
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 tart apples like honeycrisp or granny smith
  • 2 pears like bosc
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 2 22 oz. bottles dry hard cider, chilled

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  • Directions:
  • 1. Juice one of the lemons into a bowl, and cut the second into thin wheels.
  • 2. Slice the apples and pears around the core, and then slice into thin slices, tossing into the lemon juice as you cut to prevent browning.
  • 3. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine lemon slices, apples, pears, apple juice, brandy and cider. Stir gently to combine and serve.
  • *Pro Tip: The night before your gathering, combine all of the ingredients except the hard cider and chill overnight so flavors combine. Add cider just before serving.
Hard Cider Sangria
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