I'm a big fan of hard cider especially the Angry Orchard brand. The apple ginger flavor is my absolute favorite! I got to thinking that a "punch" or sangria using this drink would be really good. When I searched for recipes, I didn't really find anything that appealed to me so I got creative. Here's what I came up with...
Hard Cider Sangria
1/2 honey crisp apple, cubed (toss with a little lemon juice to keep from browning)
2-3 lemons, sliced
2-3 small oranges, cut into small wedges
1 cup cranberries
1 1/2 cups Grand Marnier, orange liquor
1/4 cup lemon juice
6 cups apple-cranberry juice blend
4 bottles of Angry Orchard hard cider*
Place fruit in drink decanter. Pour in remaining ingredients. Stir to blend. Serve over ice and garnish with oranges, apples, or cranberries.
Makes: 110 oz of sangria or roughly 14 - 8oz servings
*I used these varieties of Angry Orchard hard cider: 3 crisp apple, 1 green apple. I'm curious to try the cinnamon apple blend.
I hope you'll mix up this wicked easy drink for your next fall gathering. It's scary good!