Honeycrisp Apple Sangria.

This sangria is THEE drink to make this fall. It combines red wine, brandy, cinnamon, apple cider, citrus, and of course – sweet honeycrisp apples!

Kevin and I celebrated our 1 month anniversary on Monday with champagne, chocolate chip cookies, sushi, and this honeycrisp apple sangria. Because no anniversary – of any kind – is ever too small for champagne. And chocolate. And red wine.
This sangria is THEE drink to make this fall. It combines red wine, brandy, cinnamon, apple cider, citrus, and of course - sweet honeycrisp apples! sallysbakingaddiction.com

I heard most of you love honeycrisp apples as much as I do. First bite usually results in borderline honeycrisp obsession. You soon become a complete apple snob, turning your nose up at any other variety. Except maybe Pink Lady (yessssss). And then you hoard honeycrisps the moment they pop up every September, which leaves you broke. But it’s all very worth it because… honeycrisps.

What IS it about honeycrisps? If it’s not their explosive crunch that reels you in, it’s their unbeatably sweet yet sorta tart flavor. Oh, and all that juice. The juiciest of apples! They make one fine addition to a pitcher of sangria. And heck, they even make beer with honeycrisp apples.–> have you tried that? It’s quite sweet, but so good.

honeycrisp apples

This sangria is THEE drink to make this fall. It combines red wine, brandy, cinnamon, apple cider, citrus, and of course - sweet honeycrisp apples! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Back to that sangria. I’m a firm believer in sangria. All the times I’ve served it, no one turns it down. It’s easy to drink glass after glass of this stuff. Plus, it’s pretty. This version of sangria packs all the flavors you love about fall in a wine glass. Or if you’re like me, a solo cup because all the wine glasses are dirty from this photo shoot.

It’s the perfect cocktail for your chilly weekends ahead. Each glass explodes with flavors of cider, citrus, cinnamon, and honeycrisp apples. Here I chose to use a light bodied Spanish red wine (Tempranillo) for this sangria because (1) it’s the kind my sangria expert sis-in-law taught me to use and (2) red wine + brandy is tasty.

Which wine to use?

The wine you use doesn’t have to be fancy schmancy. Truly, any red wine that you enjoy drinking is a good choice. Personally? I often use a $10-12 bottle of Pinot Noir the most in red sangria. And yes! You can absolutely make this with white wine too.

This sangria is THEE drink to make this fall. It combines red wine, brandy, cinnamon, apple cider, citrus, and of course - sweet honeycrisp apples! sallysbakingaddiction.com

This autumn-inspired sangria is sweet, but not too sweet. The apple cider sweetens the sangria up, so no additional sugar is really needed. Use your favorite apple cider brand.

Sangria tip: Make the sangria ahead of time so the flavors can balance and the fruit can infuse its juices. That’s the most important part! I usually make it in the morning before I need it in the evening. A taste before work starts the day off on the right foot, am I right? Or you can make it the night before. Anywhere from 6-24 hours is perfect. Sangria gets better and better as it sits.

Add the club soda right before serving. Any time before that, the soda will lose its fizz. This addition will give the sangria a little pop and brighten everything up; the sangria tastes like it’s missing something without it. I would avoid drinks like 7-up, tonic, or sprite which could make the sangria too sweet. You can always add a spoonful of sugar right before serving if you think the sangria needs it.

This sangria is THEE drink to make this fall. It combines red wine, brandy, cinnamon, apple cider, citrus, and of course - sweet honeycrisp apples! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Bottoms up, fall lovers!

Honeycrisp Apple Sangria

Yield: 6-8 servings

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This sangria is THEE drink to make this fall. It combines red wine, brandy, cinnamon, apple cider, citrus, and of course - sweet honeycrisp apples! I highly suggest doubling the recipe because everyone will want more than 1 glass.


  • 3 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
  • 2 honeycrisp apples, chopped
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (I suggest a light-bodied Spanish variety)
  • 1 and 3/4 cups homemade apple cider or store-bought1
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (or juice from 2 medium oranges)
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • club soda, to taste


  1. Place the cinnamon sticks, apples, and orange slices in a large pitcher. Add wine, apple cider, brandy, orange juice, and lemon juice. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 6 - 24 hours. Taste; if you'd like it to be sweeter, add 1-2 Tablespoons granulated sugar, honey, or agave.
  2. If you'd like a cinnamon-sugar rim (highly recommended), simply moisten the rim of your glasses with water, turn the glass upside down and dip it into a mix of cinnamon and sugar. Pour in the sangria with fruit2 and add a splash of club soda (this unsweetened fizz is wonderful with the sangria!). Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired. Cheers!
  3. Make ahead tip: Sangria is the perfect make-ahead cocktail since it must sit for at least 6 hours. You can also make it one day in advance.

Additional Notes:

  1. Use a sweetened, unfiltered version of apple cider. Make your own homemade apple cider and use it here! Or buy an unfiltered version from the store-- it will be in the refrigerator section of your grocery store.
  2. Feel free to add ice to your glasses of sangria. Don't add it directly to the pitcher - this waters the sangria down. Which, clearly, we don't want.

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Sept 20 2014

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92 Responses to “Honeycrisp Apple Sangria.”

  1. #
    Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet.posted October 25, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I love this photo of yours from the wedding. So natural and beautiful. YOU looked beautiful! Congrats again 🙂
    I drink apple sangria all the time in my favorite coffee shop near my house, but I’ve never tried making it myself at home. It sounds absolutely delicious and so easy!


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    Aviposted November 7, 2014 at 11:57 am


    Making this sangria tomorrow for a pot luck at my house on Sunday afternoon…this along with your pumpkin coffee cake of course that was requested by some people already!! 🙂

    I am super excited!! Have a great weekend!


    • Sallyreplied on November 7th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      you too! hope you all enjoy both goodies.


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    Charity Jposted November 9, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Hiya Sally!
    This looks amazing and I’m definitely aiming to make this on Thanksgiving for my family!
    Is there a particular brandy that you used or prefer with this? I’m not much of a brandy gal so I need a little help in this department!
    Thank you for this awesome recipe!


    • Sallyreplied on November 9th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Hey Charity! I am NOT a huge expert in brandy either. I just went with my local alcohol store’s recommendation. I use E&J VSOP Brandy– pretty affordable for a small bottle. The only time I use this bottle is for sangria.


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    Tiffanyposted November 12, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Love your blog! I was wondering, when substituting white wine in this recipe does everything else stay the same? Is it still the same amount of brandy needed?
    Thanks for the help!


    • Sallyreplied on November 12th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Yep, everything else including the brandy can stay exactly the same. My friend prefers it with white wine, but I favor red. Let me know how you like it!


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    Kristinposted November 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Have you tried it without the brandy? Trying to be cost effective. 🙂


    • Sallyreplied on November 18th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      hi kristin, the brandy gives the sangria a deep, more complex flavor. if you absolutely cannot get it, you may leave it out.


  6. #
    Jackieposted November 19, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Hi Sally

    What brand of sweetened apple cider did you use in this recipe, all the brands that are at my supermarkets are all no sugar added.


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    Mayposted November 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    this looks great. would it change the taste much if i followed directions but left out the brandy????


  8. #
    Lizposted November 22, 2014 at 10:53 am

    This looks delish! I just got engaged on Oct. 26. So this holiday season my fiancé and I are on show-off duty: showing off the ring! But i need something to bring to his mom’s thanksgiving! This is perfect!

    What kind of brandy did you use?


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    Lizposted November 22, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Ugh! I should’ve just read higher, sorry!!


    • Sallyreplied on November 22nd, 2014 at 11:19 am

      no worries– and congrats on your engagement Liz!


  10. #
    Cassandraposted November 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Sounds delicious! If I were to use a white wine, what kind would you use?


  11. #
    Terriposted November 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Everyone is asking about the type of wine to use, what about the brandy? Which is the best to use?


  12. #
    Kanmaniposted November 25, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    This is so beautiful..love the color and flavors 🙂


  13. #
    kamelya boyaciposted November 26, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Making this for thanksgiving. Can I use sprite or 7up instead of club soda??



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    Angelicaposted December 23, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I am in LOVE with your blog. It is my go to for recipes. I made this sangria for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! It disappeared quickly, so you were right, make double batches!


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    Angelicaposted December 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Forgot to mention I used honey flavored brandy 🙂


  16. #
    Donnaposted January 4, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I made a double batch of this for a holiday pot luck with 6 people and it was GONE! Everyone loved it!! When doubling, you end up with a LOT of apple chunks. Next time I may use a single amount of the apples and orange, and just double the liquid ingredients. And regarding the brandy questions, I generally don’t like the taste of brandy, but it really makes the flavor more interesting in this. Try it!


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    Helen Fernposted October 4, 2015 at 11:51 am

    The sangria is a must try!!  Do you mind if I ask what plug in you use to print the recipes?  It’s great!


    • Sallyreplied on October 5th, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Thanks Helen! My recipe format is all custom made by my website designer, Purr.


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    Karenposted October 25, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    We are hosting a Dio de Los Muertos Celebration this coming weekend and this seems like just the right cocktail to serve. I’m not much of a red wine drinker (sorry!) but wondering if apple brandy would work in this?


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    Judiposted October 27, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Hi, haven’t made the sangria yet, because I can’t find the honey brandy. I’ve looked in the liquior stores and regular grocerie stores and no one here in my area has even heard of it. Where do I find it in the Northern Ohio region.?. Congratulations on your Wedding too.

                                                                                Thanks,   Judi


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    Jessicaposted October 29, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Can I make this two days prior to serving? Can I make it on a Tuesday afternoon to serve on a Thursday afternoon or is that sitting too long?


    • Sallyreplied on October 29th, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      That should be fine.


  21. #
    Juliaposted November 18, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    May I have your permission to use your sangria photo in my newsletter?


  22. #
    Devonposted November 24, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Do you think it would be too much to use champagne instead of club soda?


  23. #
    nicoleposted November 25, 2015 at 10:08 am

    has anyone made this using cab? I have 2 bottles of it that someone gave me and I would like to use them if possible.


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    Lisaposted November 25, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Sangria is so “forgiving”. Just about any wine, brandy, fruit, fruit  juice, or fizzy drink will do ( those are the 5 basic ingredients for Sangria). This particular recipe plays off Autumn flavors, and is wonderful! I’m sipping a glass now as a treat for having made-ahead 2 batches for Turkey Day, tomorrow, and I used my own, homemade wine for a personal touch ( a Syrah-Zin blend). Feel free to play around with variations on the basics, but just know the result will be slightly different than Sally’s intended outcome. At any rate, you won’t end up with something “yucky” just because you used sparkling cider stead of club soda,  cab instead of Tempranillo, or cranberry juice instead or orange juice. I do advise tasting for sweetness, though, and adjusting with sugar/ sweetener to taste. 


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    Cameronposted November 28, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I made this for thanksgiving, but it turns out my family is not crazy about sangria! It’s not at all a sweet drink (which is why it’s important to make the cinnamon sugar rim), and I guess people expect fancy drinks to be on the sweeter side. I used regular brandy and a bottle of Garnacha in this recipe, but if I ever make it again for my family, I will have to either make it with a sweet red wine or use Sierra mist/sprite/7 up instead of club soda. Also, you neeeeeed to put cinnamon sticks, oranges, and apples in each glass for the full sangria effect. Great recipe; I wish it was better received by my sweet-tooth family!


  26. #
    Mayposted February 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    This recipe is incredible! Thank you so much. My Sangria just came out wonderful!


  27. #
    Mia Mandelposted September 25, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I’m not a drinker… if I make this recipe as is for a party, how much club soda should I use?


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