Use your favorite white wine in this irresistible apple cider sangria. You’ll love the way it bursts with fall’s best flavors like apple, citrus, cinnamon, and pear. I recommend making a batch ahead of time to maximize its flavor.
I adapted this apple cider sangria recipe from one of my favorite fall recipes: honeycrisp apple sangria. Here we’ll use white wine instead of red and add a few extra ingredients. The recipe is totally customizable– use whatever in-season fruit you love. No matter what, it’s always a hit especially when served with a cinnamon stick as the leaves begin changing.
Tell Me About this Apple Cider Sangria
- Texture: Bubbly, light, and loaded with fruit, which gets nice and boozy the longer it sits.
- Flavor: Filled with fall’s glorious flavors like apples, oranges, pomegranate, pears, and cinnamon.
- Ease: Preparing all the fruits takes a little bit of time. Still, this is the easiest big-batch cocktail, perfect for fall entertaining. It tastes best if made ahead, which saves time when it’s cocktail hour.
- Time: Takes just minutes to prepare once the fruit is chopped. Get your pitchers ready!
Choosing the Right Ingredients for Apple Cider Sangria
- Apple Cider: Apple cider serves as the foundation of this beverage. If desired, you can even make your own homemade apple cider in the slow cooker.
- White Wine: Any mild white wine is perfect for apple cider sangria. It doesn’t have to be super fancy or expensive. I usually use Pinot Grigio.
- Brandy + Orange Juice + Lemon Juice: These flavorful additions make a truly spectacular sangria. Don’t leave them out.
- Fall Fruits: Use your favorite seasonal fruits like apples, pears, oranges, and pomegranate. You can mix it up and focus on your favorites.
- Cinnamon Sticks: A must to truly capture that fall flavor. Pick up a few extra to use as garnish in each glass.
- Club Soda: My secret to keeping the fizz in this drink? Add a touch of club soda right before serving. Club soda gives the apple cider autumn sangria a little extra pop. Avoid sweetened carbonated drinks like 7-up or Sprite as these could make the sangria too sweet.
Sangria is a Make-Ahead Cocktail
Here’s the best part: sangria is the ultimate make-ahead cocktail. I recommend keeping the apple cider sangria in the refrigerator for at least 6-8 hours (but 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. Let’s toast to that!
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Irresistible white wine sangria filled with fall’s best flavors like apple, cider, citrus, cinnamon, and pear.
- 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
- 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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