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Fall Sangria with Apple Cider

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This Fall Sangria recipe is the perfect way to celebrate autumn. Made with apple cider, a splash of brandy, and the iconic fall flavors of orange, cinnamon, and cranberries, this cocktail is perfect for Thanksgiving or any fall gathering. It is sure to please all adults! Easily adaptable, this perfect easy cocktail is spiced and fun.

Apple Cider Sangria is the perfect combination of everything we love about fall – perfectly ripe fruit, warm cinnamon, and sweet cider. Plus its mixed with an amazing combination of brandy and white wine, making it a fantastic adult beverage!

autumn sangria in pitcher with wooden spoon
I cannot believe how amazing and lovely this sangria turned out! I have never been a fan of sangria, but that is because I only knew of the super sweet and overly alcoholic versions made with cheap wine and more resembled a frat party”jungle juice” than a sophisticated adult drink.

Not that overly alcoholic drinks are a bad thing, but its nice to be able to enjoy more than one glass of something without finding yourself laying on the floor with some person you have barely met singing “Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum”. Enter adult-hood.

This version is not that at all. Combining a nice dry wine and apple cider makes for a gorgeous but not too sweet libation. Loaded with fall’s perfectly ripe apples, pears, and cranberries and spiked with brandy and a few cinnamon sticks, this is pretty much amazing and bursting with flavor. Its smooth and lovely and it goes down super easy. But it also won’t leave you singing pirate songs, either.
close up of glass pitcher with fall sangria with apple chunks and cranberries

How to make apple cider sangria

This recipe is simple to make – basically just combine all the ingredients together! For the full set of directions, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below:

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine, apple cider, and brandy.
  2. Stir in the chopped apple, pear, orange, cinnamon sticks and cranberries.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours for the flavors to combine.
  4. Right before serving, add the club soda and stir.
  5. Enjoy

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure you use pears that are perfectly ripe. If they are too soft, they will just turn into mush in the sangria.
  • Drink this apple cider sangria within 24 hours, otherwise the apples and pears will start to turn brown

Recipe Variations

What I love about this recipe is how simple it is to make variations on it! Try:

  • Switching out the dry white wine for a red wine
  • Replace the brandy for vanilla vodka
pouring autumn sangria from pitcher into glass

This is a great drink to serve during fall evenings by the fire pit, at Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or any other holiday party.

What type of wine should you use for sangria?

What type of wine you use depends on whether you want to make this with a white or a red wine. Both are great options, so it just depends on what you want. Just make sure you use a good wine you would enjoy drinking by itself.

  • Red wine – any dry red will work well, you don’t want something sweet here. Try a Spanish red!
  • White wine – again, we want something dry. Pino Grigio or Chardonnay are my go-to’s.
Looking for a spring or summer sangria recipe? Try Blueberry and Thyme Peach Sangria!

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Yield: 6 Servings

Autumn Sangria

Autumn Sangria

This Autumn Sangria recipe is the perfect way to celebrate fall. Easily adaptable, this perfect easy cocktail is spiced and fun.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of dry white wine - Pino Grigio or Chardonnay OR red wine
  • 4 cups fresh apple cider
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 pear, cored and chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled, and chopped
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup Brandy OR Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients (except for the club soda) in a large pitcher.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap, place in the fridge and allow to sit for at least 4 hours (the longer it sits, the better it gets!).
  3. Right before serving, add the club soda and stir.
  4. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g

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