Spring is just around the corner, so I’m in the mood for light and refreshing cocktails. I’m a big tequila drinker, but I do love sipping some bubbles on occasion. One cocktail that gets me in the mood for the new warmer season is sangria. It reminds me so much of being on vacation. I found a recipe online for a sparkling apple cider version, and I thought the flavors would be perfect for transitioning from winter into spring. I improvised and incorporated lime juice for a little kick (like I said, huge tequila fan here so I tend to love lime in my cocktails!). The result? A yummy, sweet cocktail with a refreshing sour “bite”. PS – this is insanely easy to make, no overnight chilling required! Try it below.
2 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup cognac
2 cups apple cider
750ml bottle cava (or other dry sparkling wine), chilled
Juice of 1-2 limes, to taste
1) Thinly slice the apples and add to a large pitcher (I made mine in a smaller decanter, but the full recipe will serve 8 in a larger pitcher), reserving about a 1/2 cup for garnishing
2) Add the cognac, apple cider, and chilled cava and lime juice. Stir it up!
3) Fill the pitcher with ice and pour sangria into glasses, top with sliced apple and garnish with lime wedges.