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Drink of the Week: Caramel Apple Sangria

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 5:00 AM

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Caramel Apple Sangria

Fall doesn’t start (according to some) until Sept. 23, but while there’s still sunshine and ripening apples, the Caramel Apple Sangria bridges summer and fall perfectly. Featuring pinot grigio, caramel vodka, apple cider, and apple chunks poured over ice, this simple sangria is a cool, calming drink to enjoy at Saturday’s tailgate.

TASTE

If you like apple drinks but aren’t that sweet on hard cider, the Caramel Apple Sangria makes a good alternative. You can determine the mixer proportions for yourself, but don’t let the caramel vodka overpower the fruity tones of the wine — I chose a brand of pinot called Relax, a helpful message when you’re studying for the first exams of the year — or cider. The darker the color, the better the flavor.

ADVICE

Obtain your cider and apples from Wilson’s Orchard, 4823 Dingleberry Road N.E., for ensured quality — and for a fun afternoon of apple-picking. Slide a cinnamon stick into your drink glass for even more autumnal tones.

by Emma McClatchey


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