Sparkling apple cider sangria is an excellent cocktail to serve at any holiday party this year! With a sugared rim, reminiscent of a margarita, this chilled cocktail will definitely impress your guests. You can also swap the ground cinnamon for freshly grated Mexican cinnamon if you want a more woody, rustic flavor.
1 750 ml bottle white wine (Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc work best)
1 bottle sparkling apple cider
5-6 apples, cored and sliced thinly
Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. In another small bowl, pour a little of the brandy. Dip the glasses in the brandy and then the cinnamon sugar. Add a few apple slices to each glass. Set aside.
Pour the remaining cinnamon sugar in a large pitcher. Add the apple cider and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Top with the brandy and wine and mix. Add the rest of the apples. Chill until ready to serve.
Add the sparkling cider right before serving. Garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick. Serve chilled. Add ice if desired.