Honeycrisp Apple Sangria

If you’re looking for a signature fall cocktail, honeycrisp apple sangria is your answer! You’ll love the combination of red wine, brandy, our favorite fall spices, and sweet honeycrisp apples– it’s THE drink to make this season. I recommend making this big-batch cocktail ahead of time so the flavors have a chance to truly shine.

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

What IS it about honeycrisp apples? If it’s not their explosive crunch that reels you in, it’s their unbeatably sweet, yet tart flavor– and all that juice! These juicy apples are the star of today’s sangria recipe. We’re combining all of our favorite fall flavors into one delicious cocktail. Warning: this stuff disappears quickly!

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Ingredients in Honeycrisp Apple Sangria

This is the perfect drink for chilly fall weekends. I know you’ll appreciate that it’s sweet, but not overly sugary. Rather, you’ll taste flavors of cider, citrus, cinnamon, and honeycrisp apples in each sip. I combine red wine and brandy in this recipe, but I also have a white wine version called Apple Cider Sangria.

  1. Red Wine: Red wine serves as the base of this sangria recipe. Any red wine that you enjoy drinking is a good choice.
  2. Apple Cider: Apple cider sweetens the sangria, so no additional sugar is needed. Use homemade apple cider or your favorite brand.
  3. Brandy, Orange Juice, & Lemon Juice: These are flavorful additions for a truly spectacular sangria. I don’t recommend leaving them out.
  4. Apples & Orange Slices: Tart oranges are the perfect companion to sweet apples.
  5. Cinnamon Sticks: When made without cinnamon sticks, I found that this apple sangria lacked the true fall flavor that only cinnamon can provide. Pick up a few extra cinnamon sticks as garnish.
  6. Club Soda: Add a touch of club soda right before serving. Club soda gives the honeycrisp apple sangria a little extra pop. Avoid sweetened carbonated drinks like 7-up, tonic, or sprite as these could make the sangria too sweet.
  7. Cinnamon + Sugar: For an optional garnish, dip the rim of each glass into a cinnamon sugar mixture. It’s an extra step that’s sparkly, sweet, and totally worth the effort!

Which red wine to use? The wine you use doesn’t have to be fancy. In fact, I often use a $10-12 bottle of pinot noir. A light bodied Spanish red wine (tempranillo) would also be delicious. You can’t go wrong!

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

How to Make Honeycrisp Apple Sangria

Sangria is quite possibly the easiest homemade cocktail. You need less than 5 minutes to prepare a pitcher of it.

  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. Garnish with a cinnamon sugar rim.
  7. Sip and enjoy!

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

Make-Ahead Fall Cocktail

The best part about sangria is that it’s the ultimate make-ahead cocktail. It’s supposed to be made ahead of time so the flavors can balance and the fruit can infuse its juices. 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 better. I usually make it in the morning before I need it in the evening, but making it the night before yields incredible results. If your schedule is anything like mine, fall is the busiest time of year, so this make-ahead cocktail is a welcome addition to happy hour!

Add the club soda right before serving. If added ahead of time, 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.

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

Other Ways to Use Honeycrisp Apples

Honeycrisp apples are a delicious addition to sangria, but if you have a few extra on hand try these recipes:

Cheers to cooler temperatures, crisp evenings, and apple season!

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Honeycrisp Apple Sangria

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 6-24 hours
  • Yield: serves 6-8
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This sangria is THE 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-bought*
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (or juice from 2 medium oranges)
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • club soda, to taste

Instructions

  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 fruit* and add a splash of club soda (this unsweetened fizz is wonderful with the sangria!). Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired. Cheers!

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: 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.
  2. Apple Cider: 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.
  3. Ice: 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.

Keywords: apple sangria

Honeycrisp Apple Sangria - this is THE drink to sip on fall weekends (or weeknights...). Filled with the best flavors!!
Honeycrisp Apple Sangria - this is THE drink to sip on fall weekends (or weeknights...). Filled with the best flavors!!
Honeycrisp Apple Sangria Recipe - a great cocktail for the fall season! sallysbakingaddiction.com

121 Comments

  1. 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. 

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!

  5. Hello!

    I’d like to make this for my wedding signature drink! Can you please let me know how much this recipe yields?

    Thank you!!

  6. This looks amazing! I plan to make it for my family for Thanksigivng here in Canada. I have some maple whiskey left; do you think that would work okay instead of brandy?

  7. Looking forward to trying this! I’m glad you mentioned that this will still work well with white wine – red’s not agreeing with me lately (sobs quietly). Thanks Sally! 🙂

  8. Hello! I’m having a party with 12-15 people and I was wondering how many times would I have to double this? I don’t feel like the recipes give an idea of how big a batch this is.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Aubree! 6-8 1 glass servings doesn’t sound like it would be enough. I would definitely make a bigger batch based on how much you think each guest will drink.

  9. Amazing! Made this for a Halloween Party tonight and it’s great. I thought I had messed it up because I used alcoholic apple cider which makes it a little more boozy and less sweet, but I adjusted with brown sugar and a bit more orange juice and it’s worked out nicely! 

  10. This recipe sounds perfect for Fall Fests, Halloween parties and Thanksgiving dinner. I would imagine other apples would be good such as Macintosh or even Gala but, Honey Crisp apples are so sweet and sound perfect for this Sangria. I love the addition of brandy. mmm sounds perfect!

    1. Unfiltered tastes much better– I find filtered tastes like apple juice! Keeping that in mind, you can absolutely use filtered.

  11. This looks amassing! What specific sweetener would you recommend? And is there a brand of apple cider you find tastier?

    1. I don’t add sweetener. For the apple cider, it depends where you live. But not unfiltered versions are refrigerated. Trader Joes makes a delicious one!

  12. I have made this 4 times over the last year so I figure it’s tine to comment 😉 I lovelovelove this recipe. I like to add extra orange slices, and I always use Tempranillo for the wine. Thank you for this gem of a recipe! 

  13. If I want to make this for my wedding reception of about 100 people, how much of each ingredient do you think I should use? I know that’s a hard question because it depends on how much each person will drink, but let’s assume two glasses a person?

    1. Hi Monica! There’s about 6 liquid cups per batch. With fruit and adding the club soda, about 10 cups. 1 batch usually serves around 6 people if they have 1.5-2 glasses. So I would do the math based on that.

  14. The club soda to taste, are you pouring it into the entire batch of sangria or per cup as it’s being served. Any recommendation on how much club soda? Thanks!

  15. Hi sally! I have made your sangria soooo many times over the last couple of years because i love it so much! I even convinced my sister to let me prepare some for her wedding! How many days in advance do you think I can make this?

    Thank you! 🙂

    1. Hi Kathy! What a wonderful wedding cocktail. For the best taste, I recommend making it 2-3 days in advance. Add the fruit up to 1 day in advance and the club soda right before serving.

  16. Hi Sally, how do I make this without apple cider? – I don’t have apple cider on hand and wondering if you have a substitute. Thanks!

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