Apple Cider Autumn Sangria
Irresistible white wine sangria filled with fall’s best flavors like apple, cider, citrus, cinnamon, and pear.
TGIFRIDAY. That means it’s time for an adorable mason jar filled with festive sangria and a cinnamon stick garnish. Right? Of course.
All the autumn things are happening right now. The leaves are changing, the boots are on, the plaid scarves are trending, basic pumpkin spice lattes are flowing, and Jude’s a celebrity. That last one isn’t really autumn-y, I just wanted to tell you.
So let me just repeat what you already know. I love this time of year! (An overload of fall inspiration right here.) To celebrate, let’s all sit down to a pitcher* of apple cider autumn sangria. Chunky sweaters required.
*Not a glass, a pitcher. Because you won’t stop at one glass. Consider this your warning.
I love making sangria. This you already know. Unlike fan-favorites like frozen margaritas, mojitos, or other cocktails– sangria is one of the easiest big-batch cocktails you can make. And it always impresses! The most wonderful part about sangria, besides tasting uhhhh-mazing, is that it’s the ultimate make-ahead cocktail. It’s supposed to be made ahead of time. Throw it all into a pitcher and you’re prep is done.
The only thing I love more than making sangria is drinking it. Correction. The only thing I love more than making AND drinking sangria is eating all the booze-soaked fruit. We’ll get to that in a sec.
Today’s apple cider sangria is filled with so many incredible fall flavors. I adapted the recipe from my red wine version. I started throwing a few more things into the pitcher and the rest is slurped-up history. Get your pitchers ready!
You’ll need some of this season’s finest goodies like apple cider (try it homemade in the slow cooker!), chopped apples, orange slices, pomegranate seeds, pear slices, and cinnamon. Which wine to use? Well, the few times I’ve made this apple cider sangria in the past month or two, I used Pinot Grigio. Any mild white wine is perfect. The wine doesn’t have to be super fancy. I use a $12 bottle every time.
The alcohol-soaked fruit at the bottom of your glass? Woo-eee! The longer you let your sangria sit before drinking/serving it, the more the fruit will infuse its flavors into the cocktail. And the more booze will soak into all the fruit slices. Everything about all of this is glorious.
One last thing… the club soda. A must! Add the club soda right before serving. Any time before that and the club soda will lose its fizz. Club soda gives the apple cider sangria a little pop; makes it even better! Avoid sweetened carbonated drinks like 7-up, tonic, or sprite as these could make the sangria too sweet.
Apple Cider Autumn Sangria
- 2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving
- 2 medium apples, thinly sliced (I prefer Honeycrisp)
- 1 medium pear, thinly sliced
- 1 medium orange, thinly sliced
- ⅔ cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 (750 ml) bottle white wine (I suggest a Pinot Grigio)
- 2 cups apple cider
- ½ cup brandy
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- Club soda, for serving
- Place the cinnamon sticks and fruit into a large pitcher. Add wine, apple cider, brandy, orange juice, and lemon juice. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 3 – 24 hours (6-8 hours is best!).
- Pour the sangria and fruit into glasses. Add a splash of club soda. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.
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