Sweet Tea Sparkling Apple Cider – Love and Lemons

Sweet Tea Sparkling Apple Cider


Sweet Tea Sparkling Apple Cider


Happy almost-Thanksgiving week! Do you have your menu set? Are you getting together with family or having a Friendsgiving? Either way – here’s a sweet and oh-so-pretty cocktail that would be lovely for your turkey day.


Sweet Tea Sparkling Apple Cider




Sweet Tea Sparkling Apple Cider


This one couldn’t be easier: mix apple cider with iced tea, let it chill for about 2 hours with diced apples, cinnamon sticks and star anise. When your guests arrive, pull it out of the fridge and serve with sparkling wine. That’s it!


Sweet Tea Sparkling Apple Cider




Sweet Tea Sparkling Apple Cider



Sweet Tea Sparkling Apple Cider

  • 32 oz. apple cider or apple juice
  • 18 oz. sweet or unsweet black iced tea (such as Pure Leaf)
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 star anise
  • 2 small apples, diced
  • 1 bottle of sparkling wine*
  1. Fill a large pitcher with the apple cider, sweet tea, cinnamon, star anise and apples. Stir and chill for 2 hours. Pour into champagne flutes, filling each ½ full. Top off with sparkling wine.
*I recommend choosing a sparkling wine that’s more dry than fruity since this cocktail is pretty sweet already.

For a more mulled flavor, you can simmer the spices with the apple juice and the tea. Chill, and continue the recipe.


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