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. Hi Sally! What a beautiful weeding photo! You two look so happy, it warms my heart. SO glad to hear you’re enjoying the married life! 🙂 I was wondering, do you think you’ll ever come visit Canada? Vancouver maybe? ;)If you do let me know! I am dying to meet you! Have fun at your signing in Philly!

    1. I would LOVE to go to Canada one day. I know Kevin wants to visit as well. Unfortunately, I don’t think it will be any time soon. Thank you so much for reading and baking and for the kind compliments on the wedding picture!

  2. Beautiful picture Sally! Your dress was so perfect for you. I’m in love with Honeycrisps too, and I’m always torn between using them in recipes or eating them straight up!

  3. I LOVE honeycrisps! My husband and I are obsessed with them and I’m really really obsessed with sangrias sooo this is beyond perfect!! We’re going to a friendsgiving so I think this is the drink to bring!! 🙂

  4. What a gorgeous picture of the two of you! And I love this recipe – never thought about a fall flavored sangria before!

  5. I JUST discovered honey crisp apples this year and am equally obsessed! Prior to that, it was pink ladies 😉 love this recipe, maybe I will get to come see you tomorrow, i am on the other side of the bridge in NJ!

  6. I love this photo of yours from the wedding. So natural and beautiful. YOU looked beautiful! Congrats again 🙂
    I drink apple sangria all the time in my favorite coffee shop near my house, but I’ve never tried making it myself at home. It sounds absolutely delicious and so easy!

  7. Sally-

    Making this sangria tomorrow for a pot luck at my house on Sunday afternoon…this along with your pumpkin coffee cake of course that was requested by some people already!! 🙂

    I am super excited!! Have a great weekend!

  8. Hiya Sally!
    This looks amazing and I’m definitely aiming to make this on Thanksgiving for my family!
    Is there a particular brandy that you used or prefer with this? I’m not much of a brandy gal so I need a little help in this department!
    Thank you for this awesome recipe!
    Cheers!

    1. Hey Charity! I am NOT a huge expert in brandy either. I just went with my local alcohol store’s recommendation. I use E&J VSOP Brandy– pretty affordable for a small bottle. The only time I use this bottle is for sangria.

  9. Love your blog! I was wondering, when substituting white wine in this recipe does everything else stay the same? Is it still the same amount of brandy needed?
    Thanks for the help!

    1. Yep, everything else including the brandy can stay exactly the same. My friend prefers it with white wine, but I favor red. Let me know how you like it!

  10. Hi Sally

    What brand of sweetened apple cider did you use in this recipe, all the brands that are at my supermarkets are all no sugar added.

  11. This looks delish! I just got engaged on Oct. 26. So this holiday season my fiancé and I are on show-off duty: showing off the ring! But i need something to bring to his mom’s thanksgiving! This is perfect!

    What kind of brandy did you use?

  12. I am in LOVE with your blog. It is my go to for recipes. I made this sangria for Thanksgiving and it was a hit! It disappeared quickly, so you were right, make double batches!

  13. I made a double batch of this for a holiday pot luck with 6 people and it was GONE! Everyone loved it!! When doubling, you end up with a LOT of apple chunks. Next time I may use a single amount of the apples and orange, and just double the liquid ingredients. And regarding the brandy questions, I generally don’t like the taste of brandy, but it really makes the flavor more interesting in this. Try it!

  14. We are hosting a Dio de Los Muertos Celebration this coming weekend and this seems like just the right cocktail to serve. I’m not much of a red wine drinker (sorry!) but wondering if apple brandy would work in this?

  15. Hi, haven’t made the sangria yet, because I can’t find the honey brandy. I’ve looked in the liquior stores and regular grocerie stores and no one here in my area has even heard of it. Where do I find it in the Northern Ohio region.?. Congratulations on your Wedding too.

                                                                                Thanks,   Judi

  16. Can I make this two days prior to serving? Can I make it on a Tuesday afternoon to serve on a Thursday afternoon or is that sitting too long?

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