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By Lisa Lillien
Updated December 19, 2019 10:16 AM
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Take a break, pumpkin — it’s time for another seasonal flavor to get in the spotlight.

Pumpkin spice gets all the attention, but apple cinnamon is equally amazing. So when a party pops up sometime between now and December, make sure you have a pitcher of this Apple Pie Sangria ready to go. It’s sweet (but not too sweet), bubbly, and perfectly spiced.

Bonus: Only 137 calories per cup! That beats the pants off those too-sugary appletinis.

Apple Pie Sangria
Serves: 10

3 cups chopped Granny Smith apples
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 cinnamon sticks
2 cups light apple juice drink
1 (750-ml.) bottle dry sparkling white wine
2 cups club soda, chilled
8 oz. sour apple pucker
1. Place apples in a large bowl, sprinkle with cinnamon, and toss to coat.
2. Transfer to a large pitcher or serving bowl (at least 2-quart capacity).
3. Add remaining ingredients, and gently stir.
4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Prep time:

10 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours

Nutritional Information: 8 oz.: 137 calories, 0g total fat (0g sat fat), 15mg sodium, 16.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 14g sugars, <0.5g protein

Til next time… Chew (and sip) the right thing!