There are only a few days left until Thanksgiving, so I figured we could all use a cocktail right about now.
Also, at this late in the game I’m guessing you have your Thanksgiving menu pretty well squared away. Today probably isn’t the time to share some newfangled recipe for stuffing, green bean casserole or pecan pie. Nope. Today feels more like a cocktail kind of day. More specifically, like an Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria kind of day.
I firmly believe that sangria is the way to go when you’re hosting a big event like Thanksgiving. Because as much as I enjoy crafting individual drink orders for my guests, it can be a bit overwhelming when you have 80 billion other things to accomplish in the kitchen. So instead, I like to just set out a pitcher of sangria with some serving glasses and let my guests take care of the rest!
While I’m usually a red wine drinker, I actually prefer the lighter, more refreshing quality of a white wine sangria when I know I’m about to enjoy a rather heavy meal. And I think white wine pairs so nicely with apple cider, which is one of my favorite Fall beverages. This year I was lucky to get some freshly pressed cider from a friend. And when I say “fresh”, I’m not exaggerating. The time between picking the apples from the trees and pressing the cider was measured in hours, not days. This stuff was out of this world good.
I won’t be back with a new recipe until after Thanksgiving. I think the internet is full of enough delicious stuff at this point. If you try out my Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria, make sure to virtually stop by and tell me about it! And if you have any other burning Thanksgiving-related questions, feel free to give me a shout out on social media. I’ll be lurking around the internet the next few days and I’m happy to help out if I can!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I appreciate you!
- 2 cups fresh apple cider
- 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 4 chunks
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1/2 cup Elderflower liqueur
- 1 (750 ml) bottle Prosecco or other sparkling white wine
- 1 apple, cut into matchsticks
- 1 pear, cut into matchsticks
- Ice cubes
- In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the apple cider, ginger and rosemary to a simmer. Cook for 5 minutes. Then remove from the heat, cover and let the cider cool to room temperature. Transfer to your refrigerator to chill for about 1 hour.
- Strain the apple cider into a large pitcher or mason jar, collecting and discarding the ginger and rosemary. Gently stir in the elderflower liqueur, wine and fruit. Cover and refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
- To serve, divide the sangria into glasses with ice, making sure to add a few pieces of fruit to each glass. Enjoy!
1. If you want more ginger flavor, you can leave the ginger pieces in the sangria (just don't add them to the serving glasses!).
2. A few dashes of Angostura bitters is a nice addition to your glass, if you are so inclined.
St. Germain is a favorite of mine Liz, so this sangria is right up my alley! Perfect for Thanksgiving! Hope you enjoy your holiday friend!
I love St. Germain too. It’s so good! Have a great Thanksgiving, Mary Ann. Cheers!
Happy happy Thanksgiving!! I am not cooking dinner this year, but I would totally go for a big pitcher of this, STAT. Enjoy the week dear! xo
I think even if you’re not cooking dinner, you still deserve some sangria! 🙂
Yeah, I am going to need the entire pitcher. K. Thanks
You got it, girlfriend!
Why yes I am in need of a cocktail, thank you very much, Liz! I feel like you just know how to read my mind. 🙂 This sangria is totally gorgeous, girlfriend! LOVING the apple cider, elderflower, pear, ginger and sparkling white wine in here! I was looking for a drink to make for cocktail hour when my mother visits in a couple weeks, and this is beyond perfect! You can BET I will be making this a few times before then too, because you know… I must taste test. lol. PINNED and Printed! Hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving, my dear! Cheers to YOU! xo
Always gotta do LOTS of taste testing! We wouldn’t be doing our jobs otherwise!
This looks so fantastic, Liz! I love the idea of a fall-flavoured white sangria, such a nice twist. And that apple cider press makes me remember pressing cider with my grandpa when I was little – precious memories! Have a lovely holiday week <3
Thank you, Nora! Cheers, friend!
Great minds! I’m just preparing a cocktail post. (we need all the cocktails we can get!) It’s time for me to head to the liquor store for some elderflower… I’ve got everything else on hand! Hooray! Delicious flavors and such a beautiful presentation. You make the best seasonal cocktails, Liz. And although I’m not cooking t-giving, I’ve got a Thanksgiving eve dinner and dessert I’m hosting (breakfast too) so I’ll need plenty of cocktails! Thank you for this my dear! Have a beautiful holiday and enjoy your time! 😀
Hosting the pre-dinner, dessert and breakfast kind of sounds more fabulous than hosting the actual dinner. I like your plan! I hope you enjoy a cocktail or two, Traci! Cheers, friend!
Liz, what a gorgeous Apple Cider and Elderflower White Sangria!!! this is just what I want to be sipping on!!! Wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings!!! Cheers!
Same to you, dear friend. Hugs!
That looks amazeballs! Question – can you buy Elderflower liqueur in any retail store or is that like a specialty that I would have to go to a place like Binny’s? I think my daughter would love this!
Oops – hit enter too soon – Happy Thanksgiving!
Hi Biz! You can find elderflower liqueur at almost any liquor store (or grocery store if they carry alcohol). St. Germain is the most popular brand, so you can look for that. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
I’ve been drinking St Germain for years so this is seriously up my alley. Can’t wait to liven up my Thanksgiving!
Then I know you’ll love it, Abbe! Yeah!
Oh yea, sangria is totally the way to go when there are so many people around. This is a beautiful drink, Liz! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
I hope you have a wonderful day too, Lisa! Cheers, friend!
I love white wine sangria, but haven’t ever actually made it. It’s one of those things I’ve been meaning to make for eons, and just haven’t yet gotten around to it. This version looks fantastic, I’ll have to try it! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
You definitely gotta try it, Stacey! Cheers, friend!