Wicked Autumn Sangria

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Wicked Autumn Apple Sangria

1 cup vanilla vodka*

1 cup sugar (or to taste)

2 cups apple cider

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 honeycrisp apples

2 pears

1 large orange

2 bottles dry white wine (I use chardonnay)

Combine vanilla vodka, sugar, apple cider and pumpkin pie spice in a gallon pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved. Chop apples, pears and orange into small pieces and add to vodka mixture. Marinate fruit from 4 to 24 hours in refrigerator. When ready to serve, add chilled wine and stir to combine.

*I've never bought a vanilla vodka that was sweet but if yours is, reduce sugar and add to taste.

Note: You’re thinking pumpkin pie spice? Seriously? So here’s the deal on that… I wanted to add a cinnamon stick, fresh ginger and maybe some cloves but I didn't have any of those things. I was just going to say screw it when I spied my itty bitty little bottle of pumpkin pie spice. I read the label and guess what all’s in it? Cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Score! Feel free to use the fresh ingredients but do not skip on the spices. It’s what makes the sangria.