foodie fridays: bourbon apple sangria

bourbon apple sangria

Bourbon and the weekend go hand in hand.

Or cup in cup.

Or end in end.

I like my weekend’s extra liquids with a side of bacon. You know, a little pour of this, a little pour of that, with a sunny-side up egg bacon sammie smashed somewhere in between. Weekends are made for smash ups. You unwind and then play. You cook and then order out. You watch football and then a movie. The beauty of the weekend smash-up is that is no particular order. A reverse smash-up is highly encouraged.

Isn’t that kind of, sort of, what sangria is? A reverse cocktail smash-up if you will. Instead of garnishing a drink with fruit and other fun edible ingredients, you put the fruit in the drink and make it the star instead of the understudy. Maybe they should call it a smashgria? I dunno.

bourbon apple sangria

Sangria or Smashgria, this classic, fruity pitcher filled to the rim drink has always been a star in the summer months. Well, with fall in full swing and Old Man Winter dusting off his boots (<—- ski season opens soon!), I think an autumn version of sangria is very much warranted. I thought about using pumpkin as the main ingredient, but realized fitting a giant pumpkin into a pitcher would be a problem. Unless that whole fire and egg science concept applies to pumpkin.

Sooooo….I went with the tried and true apple instead. With everyone loadin’ up in their pick-me-up-trucks and heading out to the local apple orchards, assuming you need a pick up truck to go apple picking, I figured an apple would be the perfect ingredient in this fall sangria. Well, that and bourbon. Oh, and hard apple cider. Wait. The kitchen sink! Ez joke.

Either way, smash it up, strike and then reverse it. But do the bourbon apple sangria pour.

bourbon apple sangria

Bourbon Apple Sangria

Yield: Makes 4 to 5 drinks

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes


1 large red delicious apple, sliced thinly
1 large granny smith apple, sliced thinly
1 large yellow apple, sliced thinly
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 12 oz bottles hard cider beer (+more if needed)


Place apples, apple juice, bourbon, and lemon juice into a pitcher. Give it a big ol' stir. Place in fridge for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors combine. Before serving, pour hard cider beer into pitcher. Pour sangria into ice filled glasses. Cheers to the fall!

adapted from Food and Wine Magazine

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31 Responses to “foodie fridays: bourbon apple sangria”

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    Ali @ Inspiralized — October 11, 2013 at 13:10

    This is a beautiful recipe and a slammin’ drink!! I can’t wait to try it… I’ve been recently getting into bourbon … a slippery slope? Haha!

    • Lauren replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 16:43

      Thanks, Ali! You are such a doll. Have a fabulous weekend!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — October 11, 2013 at 13:23

    Beautiful! Perfect for this beautiful fall we’re having. I love hard cider, and a touch of bourbon would be just lovely!

    • Lauren replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 17:02

      Thank you, Brenda! I adore that you are bourbon lover too. We need to cross paths soon:)

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    steph@stephsbitebybite — October 11, 2013 at 13:33

    oh my gawd girl!! TGIF! This mommy needs to put baby to be early tonight!

    • Lauren replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 17:03

      Ha! You totally should, Steph!!

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    Erika — October 11, 2013 at 13:55

    You had me at Bourbon.. True Story!!

    • Lauren replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 17:04

      I like your style! We need to giggle over some bourbon soon!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — October 11, 2013 at 14:07

    smashgria! love it, Im all over this!!

    • Lauren replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 17:04

      Ha! Thanks, Alaina! Have a great weekend!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — October 11, 2013 at 14:21

    Bourbon AND sangria? Bless you.

    • Lauren replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 17:05

      Maybe this would cure your cold? I’ll bring some over! And soup:)

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 11, 2013 at 15:13

    Bourbon with sangria is beyond brilliant!

    • Lauren replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 17:06

      Thanks, Meagan! I knew you would root for Team Bourbon!

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    Joanne — October 11, 2013 at 16:16

    The bourbon apple sangria pour? Totally going to be THE dance move of fall 2013. I can feel it.

    At least…it will be in my kitchen.

    • Lauren replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 17:08

      Ha! I’m coming over! We’ll get down on the giggle juice and do a jig!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — October 11, 2013 at 16:58

    Ain’t no partay like a bourbon partay cause a bourbon partay don’t stop. What. *Mic Drop* Cleaver. Out.

    • Lauren replied: — October 11th, 2013 @ 17:10

      LOL!!!!!!! Omg. You just made my morning!! I miss you!

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    Eileen — October 11, 2013 at 17:47

    YES PLEASE. Bourbon and apples are the perfect fall drink combination! I bet this would be great with some sliced pear in there as well.

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    Christy @ My Invisible Crown — October 12, 2013 at 23:07

    I love sangria and this one looks absolutely perfect! I’ve never made an apple one but this one is on my list!

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    Kathryn — October 14, 2013 at 11:32

    Ooh this sounds like a great update to sangria. Love those fall flavours!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 16, 2013 at 07:55

    Can you make this for me? I need this as a nightcap, please!

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    Bryony Mackey — October 20, 2013 at 16:42

    Made this last night with Jim Beam Honey and a dash of cinnamon! Probably too sweet for some, but just right for me! Thank you for this! My new favorite fall drink, and it’s even better the next day.

    • Lauren replied: — October 21st, 2013 @ 02:29

      Yay! Bryony, I am so glad you like the drink! Cheers!

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    Rachael — November 6, 2013 at 09:03

    Hey, I’m planning to make this, but it’s really hard to find cider where I’m living (Asia)… do you think subbing champagne for the cider would work?

    • Lauren replied: — November 6th, 2013 @ 23:41

      Hi Rachael! I definitely think you could try champagne….just make sure it’s a sweeter version instead of the traditional dry brut. Let me know how it turns out!

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