You can prep this lower-calorie sangria recipe beforehand so it’s ready to serve once your guests arrive.

Health.com
January 23, 2017

Looking for a drink to serve at your next party but don’t feel like breaking out the cocktail shaker every time your guest needs a refill? This delicious apple sangria is the perfect solution. Not only is this drink a flavor-packed crowd pleaser, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. And since this low-cal cocktail is made with apples, you can feel a little better about indulging. 

Also good: this sangria can be made ahead of time, so it’s totally ready to serve once your guests arrive (and prepping it beforehand allows extra time for all the flavors to really sink in). Ready to learn how to make this delicious drink yourself? Watch the video above for the simple steps to apple sangria.

Place your apples in a large chilled glass pitcher. Keep in mind that if you buy local apples, they’ll taste fresher and more flavorful. Add apple juice to the pitcher, along with apple-cranberry juice for a slightly more tart taste. If you’d like to make your sangria a little boozier, mix in apple-flavored brandy, such as Calvados. Stir in water to dilute the mixture or opt for seltzer if you want to give the drink a hint of fizz. Next, mix in your dry white wine of choice, such as a Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay, or Muscadet. Be sure to stick with a dry white wine though; if you go with a fruitier variety, your sangria has the potential to become too sweet.

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After all of your ingredients are combined, cover the pitcher and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Keep in mind, the longer you let your sangria sit, the more time the fruity flavors have to meld together, and the bolder the drink will be. Each pitcher makes six glasses worth of sangria. To serve, fill glasses halfway with ice cubes, then add 1 1/4 cups of sangria with fruit.