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

124 Comments

  1. Gorgeous wedding pic! And congrats on the first month 🙂

    And what a perfect fall drink! I’d need a refill in very short order!

    Have fun at your signing! The mall here that’s probably the equivalent of that one is PACKED on weekends always, but even more so this time of year…congrats!!

    1. Wishing you many felicitations and blessings on your first month anniversary =)

      Honeycrisp apples are so popular where I live that you are not allowed to pick in the field because the Farmers’s don’t want ANY wasted, can only buy pre-picked ones. Apple Sangria is a stunningly beautiful drink.

      Would love to attend your book signing!

  2. I work with a lot of honeycrisp fanatics. They stalk grocery stores every fall waiting for them! Makes sense, because they’re delicious. And in this sangria, I can tell they’re incredible!
    By the way, great one-month dinner menu. Sushi and chocolate chip cookies (and sangria) might just be the perfect meal!

  3. What a wonderful wedding picture, Sally! You look beautiful, and I love your hair 🙂 I’m in Maryland on my business trip right now…it’s so pretty so far! Flying to the airport was a great view 🙂

  4. Congrats on 1 month, and there is never ever not a reason to celebrate with champagne (and sangria…and honeycrisp apples too!)

  5. Oh how I love Sangria, but only thought of it as a summer beverage you sip by the pool. I love how you have a fall twist on a favorite! I want a big glass of this by the fire pit one cool evening.

  6. I love sangria!!! It became a favorite of mine after going to Spain with the family and now I drink it any chance I get!!

  7. I love pinot noir in sangria too. This looks delicious (and so pretty, love the color)! I just might have to make this for my Halloween party 🙂

  8. I discovered Honeycrisps just this year. I don’t know how or why it took me so long, and I’m slightly ashamed, but I’m over the hump and I’ve seen the light. I used some to make my homemade apple butter, and I think they were the reason it came out so well. This sangria sounds so amazing!

    I’ve rearranged my plans so that I can come to your signing on Saturday! My husband will be with me so he can meet the lady I always talk about like she’s my BFF (whoops). CAN’T WAIT!!

    1. Lynn, you did not have to do that! I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I am so excited to meet you! Thank you so much. So, so, so much.

  9. Happy one month anniversary! Gorgeous wedding photo and Sangria-Yes and Honeycrisp apples-Double YES! Put em together-Heck Yes!

  10. Congrats on one month anniversary! Love the wedding photo!
    This sangria is not only gorgeous but sounds absolutely amazing! I love honeycrisps!

  11. Hi Sally,

    I’m from the Philadelphia area, but currently living in Atlanta. Will you have any book signings around Christmas?

    1. I’m unsure at the moment – stay tuned. I will update my events page as I book more signings. Thank you Christina! https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/upcoming-events/

      1. Thanks Sally.

        Would I be able to buy a cookbook, have you sign it and mail it to me since there aren’t any signings by me? Do you do that?

  12. Hi Beautiful! You two look AMAZING!! Happy couple ♥

    I had a honeycrisp for breakfast … buuuut…I’d much rather “eat” it YOUR way!! Cheers!

  13. After reading about your love of Honey Crips apples I tried them a few weeks ago…and I love them. I was a Braeburn/Granny Smith girl, but I totally converted now.

  14. Love the wedding picture. Honeycrisps are the best apples ever. I just bought a huge package at Costco yesterday and the apples are tremendous. I’ll probably be back next week for more! Maybe I will spare two of them for that beautiful sangria. Will you be signing books in the NYC area? Are book signings always on Saturdays? Hopefully not because I would love to meet you and get my book signed and Saturday is out for a Kosher Sabbath observer like me.

    1. I’m trying to get a NYC signing on the calendar! Unsure when it will be, but I will absolutely keep my events page updated. Thank you so much for the support! https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/upcoming-events/

  15. This looks AMAZING! I’m not the biggest fan of red wine but all of these delicious flavors together I think I can do. I can never say no to sangria!

  16. That top photo is STUNNING! omg. This sounds perfect for Fall. Honeycrisps are my fav! Congrats on 1 month!

  17. A taste in the morning definitely gets you started on the right foot. Ha! This looks incredible. Congrats, again, on your one month anniversary! No anniversary is ever too small 🙂

  18. Congrats on your first month anniversary. I would love to come and meet u in person and thank you for re-awaking my faith in baking!!

  19. Ah, I love fall sangria! Really anything with apples and cinnamon right now, but definitely sangria. I love how those apples and cinnamon sticks look in the glasses! Congrats again on your wedding and anniversary!

  20. I am going to try and make it to KOP on Saturday!!! I only live like 40 minutes away, so I should be able to if we don’t celebrate my brother’s birthday this weekend!!! I hope you serve this sangria… That’s totally legal to do in the middle of Williams Sonoma, right?!! 😉

    I wish so bad I could drink beer, but my stomach does NOT agree with it anymore. I’m either allergic or my stomach had one too many hangovers. Wine is definitely my drink of choice now!

    1. It would be a perfect day if I could make a huge batch of this to sip all day long. 🙂 Thank you SO much for trying to make it Laur! You’re amazing.

  21. Beautiful wedding photo! I love sangria, and we are fast approaching our summer entertaining season so sangria is definitely called for!
    I might make this with the white wine variation for a lighter summer take, and using our local sundowner apples (which the apple lady keeps giving me bags of for free). Thanks for the great entertaining idea Sally and enjoy your book signing 🙂

  22. You can’t go wrong with honeycrisp apples. The color of the sangria is beautiful and happy 1 month anniversary.

  23. Congrats on your one-month anniversary …. your photo is gorgeous! May I ask, what red wine you used here? I love Pinot Noir in general but there is such a vast range of body in pinots too! Trader Joes stocks their own label – a lovely reserve for $12.99/bottle! Thank you!

    1. I actually used spanish tempranillo for this batch – which I find is a great alternative to pinot noir. But when I typically make red sangria (even this sangria sometimes) I use robert mandovi pinot noir which has a smooth spice and berry finish. I also like castle rock pinot noir. I’ve never had that TJ’s pinot before, but I’m sure that’s tasty.

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