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

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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.

Recipe 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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95 comments

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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!

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

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

  8. Sounds so delicious, can not wait to try it. This would be perfect for a party!! I featured this recipe, with a link back to your site on my “10 Must-Try Fall Cocktails” post; thank you for the inspiration. Feel free to check it out 🙂 http://livelovedrinkwine.com/10-must-try-fall-cocktails/
    Thank you!!

  9. On the mao6n page it calls for 4 cups of cider, but then when you click on the recipe itswld, it calls for 1 and 3/4 cup. Which is the correct one? Thanks!

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