Apple Cider Autumn Sangria

Use your favorite white wine in this irresistible apple cider sangria. We love it because it’s bursting with fall’s best flavors like apple, cider, citrus, cinnamon, and pear. I recommend making a batch of this simple autumn cocktail ahead of time to let the flavors truly mingle.

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Favorite Fall Cocktail

All the autumn things are happening right now! The leaves are changing, we’re wearing cozy sweaters, eating pumpkin spiced everything, and baking our favorite fall recipes. I don’t know about you, but I love this time of year! To celebrate, let’s whip up a batch of apple cider sangria. It’s my favorite fall cocktail and here’s why:

  • Filled with fall’s glorious flavors like apples, oranges, pomegranate, pears, and more!
  • The easiest big-batch cocktail, perfect for fall entertaining.
  • Always impressive, especially when served with a cinnamon stick garnish. 🙂
  • Takes just minutes to prepare.
  • Tastes best if made ahead, saving you time when it’s cocktail hour.
  • Loaded with fruit, which gets nice and boozy the longer it sits. YES!
  • Totally customizable– use whatever in-season fruit you love.

Get your pitchers ready!

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Ingredients in Apple Cider Sangria

Today’s recipe is adapted from my honeycrisp apple sangria, where I use red wine. (It’s another fall favorite!) Here we’ll use white wine and with a few extra ingredients.

  1. Apple Cider: Apple cider serves as the foundation of this cocktail. If desired, you can even make your own homemade apple cider in the slow cooker.
  2. White Wine: Any mild white wine is perfect and it doesn’t have to be super fancy. I usually use Pinot Grigio.
  3. Brandy, Orange Juice, & Lemon Juice: These are flavorful additions for a truly spectacular sangria. I don’t recommend leaving them out.
  4. Fall Fruits: Use seasonal fruits like apples, pears, oranges, and pomegranate. You need 5 cups of fruit total and feel free to substitute your favorites.
  5. Cinnamon Sticks: A must! When made without, I found the sangria lacked a true fall flavor that only cinnamon can provide. Pick up a few extra as garnish.
  6. Club Soda: Add a touch of club soda right before serving. (So it doesn’t lose its fizz!) Club soda gives the apple cider sangria a little extra pop. Avoid sweetened carbonated drinks like 7-up, tonic, or sprite as these could make the sangria too sweet.

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How to Make Apple Cider Sangria

When I say sangria is easy, I mean it. After chopping some fruits, the prep is done in less than 5 minutes!

  1. Place fruit and cinnamon sticks in pitcher.
  2. Add all liquids (except for club soda).
  3. Combine.
  4. Let sit in refrigerator.
  5. Add club soda.
  6. Sip and enjoy!

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Sangria is a Make-Ahead Cocktail

The most wonderful part about sangria is that it’s the ultimate make-ahead cocktail. It’s supposed to be made ahead of time. I recommend keeping the sangria in the refrigerator for at least 6-8 hours (a full day is best!) before serving. The longer the sangria sits before drinking/serving, the more the fruit will infuse its flavors and the more the booze will soak into all the fruit slices. It’s a win-win-win. I’ll toast to that!

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Apple Cider Autumn Sangria

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 mintues
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes (or overnight)
  • Yield: serves 6-8
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Irresistible white wine sangria filled with fall’s best flavors like apple, cider, citrus, cinnamon, and pear.


Ingredients

  • 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
  • 2/3 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle white wine (I suggest a Pinot Grigio)
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • club soda, for serving

Instructions

  1. 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!).
  2. Pour the sangria and fruit into glasses. Add a splash of club soda. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

Keywords: apple cider sangria, apple sangria

Apple Cider Autumn Sangria-- add some Fall to your sangria with apple cider, cinnamon, pear, citrus, and more!
Apple Cider Autumn Sangria-- add some Fall to your sangria with apple cider, cinnamon, pear, citrus, and more!

38 Comments

  1. This is the perfect fall drink! I love sangria, but it has such strong associations with summer, so I feel so deprived when it just disappears this time of year. Now there’s a happy way to keep the love going!

  2. Autumn sangria sounds awesome. Normally I reside to mulled wine, but since is not cold enough yet this is a perfect go-to drink for now.

  3. Mmmm. Booze-soaked fruit. Definitely the best part of sangria 😉 I looooove this fall version! Definitely going to be happening in our house soon.

  4. I legit posted a photo on Instagram and Twitter last night of the fixin’s for sangria and said I thought I would make some today! It’s decided. This one looks delicious…I will definitely have to try out your recipe on another sangria day!

  5. Looks delicious. I love your photos too… always so bright and beautiful. Might have to make this one… never made anything like this before but seems simple enough. 

  6. I was inspired to make sangria very similar to this last month after making a batch of your salted caramel apple pie bars.   I didn’t use any orange, but bourbon soaked apples were delish.  The best part….a drizzle of your salted caramel sauce across the poured drink.  My family and friends LOVED. 

  7. Yes! i’m hosting a “harvest party” tomorrow and realized I hadn’t settled on what to serve for cocktails. Perfect timing! I whipped up your cider donuts, chocolate covered pretzels, caramel turtles, and will be making some loaded sweet potato skins as well. Have you perhaps tried this sangria with rum instead of brandy?

    1. Oh, and how can I forget- I also did sea salt maple PECANS instead of almonds from SCA… but let’s be real those aren’t making it to the party. 😀

  8. I made this for a football party last weekend after seeing it on People.  Huge hit!  I was nervous about de-seeding that pomegranate, but after a quick youtube education it was easy peasy.  Everyone especially enjoyed the crisp, booze-soaked apples.  I’m contemplating a version with cranberries/ginger ale for the holidays.  Thanks Sally!

  9. Crazy thought here spawned by the fact that a) this looks delicious but b) I’m freezing, could this be served warm? 

  10. Please please please don’t hate me but… I’ve never had sangria! I always say that I’d rather eat an extra slice of cake than drink beer or wine (that’s my big fat sweet tooth talking!), but your gorgeous glasses are totally making me question that. And it’s hard to say no to fruit! 😉 I hope you had a wonderful trip to CA this weekend! I loved seeing your snaps!

  11. Ah, sangria! My favorite too. For all the reasons you’ve mentioned, especially boozy fruits! I’ve been craving white wine this entire pregnancy (and I’m usually more of a red wine person!), and this sangria looks divine! Can’t wait for January to indulge! Haha 

  12. This sounds really yummy… but do you have any recommendations for a non-alcoholic version?  Just don’t put the alcohol?…  (hehe,  I don’t make these as often as I’d like to…). Thank you!!!

    1. How about a little more orange juice and apple cider? You can even try adding white grape juice too. Play around with flavors and juices! Enjoy.

  13. YUMM! Oh my goodness this drink looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it out for one of our holiday fetes! 

  14. Most sangria I know of incorporate more than one alcohol, was wondering how hard cider would go with this, wicked D’s baked apple cider? It’s sweet and kind of creamy

  15. Hi, this sounds amazing.  I have all ingredients except i have salted caramel vodka instead of brandy.  Do you think this could work?  Still 1/2 cup?  Thanks

  16. Hi,

    This is a gorgeous drink! I’m having a hard time deciding between your Honeycriap Apple Cider and this one for a party. Is either one a little less sweet than the other? Appealing to a wide range of tastes…

  17. This was a massive hit at our thanksgiving this year! Doubled the recipe and made two small additions—added about 12 whole cloves in with the fruit (i studded them in an apple slice, which i pulled out before serving), and added a can of ginger beer right before serving (in lieu of club soda). The additional spices made it extra-autumnal!

  18. This looks PERFECT! I live in Florida but still love fall/Atumn even with our earm weather. This cold drink will be perfect to have around a bon fire.

  19. Made this today, and it is delicious! I had blackberry brandy on hand, so I used 1/4 cup of that, and 1/4 cup of Cointreau to give it more of an orange flavor, and everything worked very well together! Thanks for the recipe! Will be making again!

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