I found a recipe for White Wine and Sparkling Cider Sangria. It looked perfect...fruit, wine, sparkling cider. I wanted a drink that would not be strong, just tasty and refreshing. This hit the mark.
White Wine and Sparkling Cider Sangria
adapted from Steven Raichlen - Food and Wine
1 bottle dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
1 cup fresh orange juice
Juice of 2 limes
10 strawberries, thickly sliced
Orange and lime slices
1 1/2 cups sparkling sweet cider
In a large glass pitcher, combine the first 5 ingredients and set aside to macerate for 15 minutes. Just before serving, add the sparkling cider. Pour into glasses over ice. Provide additional fruit slices for the glasses.
I chose to put the ice in the glasses instead of the pitcher as I didn't want the entire pitcher of drinks to become diluted. It was a good choice. Having the extra fruit for the glasses was fun, too.
Everybody liked the sangria. We all agreed that it was refreshing and perfect for a very warm afternoon.