As a kid, I used to love getting cider during the fall or winters. Apple juice was a little too plain for me–but I loved all the spices that went into the cider! As an adult, I still like it, although I like mine with a little extra kick a.k.a. alcohol! Leek Soup Blog has a recipe for a Hard Cider Sangria. As anyone knows, Erin and Sangria are a match made in heaven (except for Christmas Eve two years ago when I had too much and had to excuse myself from opening presents on Christmas morning to throw up–that was a match made in Dante’s Inferno).
Hard Cider Sangria
One apple, thinly sliced
One navel orange, thinly sliced
1 cup chilled apple juice
Juice from one to two lemons
1/4 cup Cognac or brandy
1 22 oz bottle hard cider, preferably dry
Combine all of the ingredients, except the cider in a pitcher or large jar. Add cider just before serving, stir and pour over ice.