Sumter Sangria

Sumter Sangria
Sumter Sangria - by Discover Sumter
by Discover Sumter


What do you get when you get when you combine a local tasting event and a county that is home to over 1000 farms? A blast of fall flavors in a glass named Sumter Sangria. Discover Sumter was invited to take part in the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Taste of Simply Sumter Food and Spirits Festival last month. The Taste of Simply Sumter is an event that highlights the local restaurants and flavors that make Sumter County unique. What better way to showcase our distinctive character than piling locally sourced fruit and honey in a bowl and covering it in wine? We were so excited to take part in such an incredible event alongside some very talented local taste makers, and even more excited that Sumter Sangria was the belle of the ball. We received an overwhelming response and request for the recipe, so we’re sharing it here. This is a fantastic recipe for any fall gathering, and the majority of the ingredients can be found at local farms, the Sumter County Farmer’s Market, or the Wildwood Grower’s Market. We hope that you enjoy Sumter Sangria, and even more, we hope that you take the opportunity to learn more about the farmers and local produce in Sumter County.

Sumter Sangria


2 honeycrisp apples

one 750-milliliter bottle unoaked chardonnay

½ cup peach Schnapps

¼ cup honey

2 oranges

1 quartered

1 lemon quartered

1 lime quartered

2 cinnamon sticks

2 quarter-size slices of fresh ginger

3 whole cloves

2 tablespoon sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

ice club soda


Peel, core and chop 1 of the apples. In a bowl, combine the chardonnay, Schnapps and honey. Add the quartered orange, the lemon, lime, cinnamon sticks, the chopped apple, ginger and cloves and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Strain the sangria into a pitcher. Peel, core and finely chop the remaining apple. Peel, section and chop the remaining orange. Mix the apple and orange in a bowl. On a small plate, blend the sugar and cinnamon. Moisten the rims of wine glasses and dip in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Fill the glasses with ice. Pour in the sangria until three-quarters full. Top with a splash of club soda.