This fall sangria recipe has the elements you love about traditional sangria (wine and fruit) with a seasonal twist thanks to cinnamon and hard apple cider.
Apple Cider Fall Sangria
I’m a big fan of batch drinks because when you have people over, you don’t have to worry about playing bartender the entire time.
This apple cider fall sangria serves 4 – 6 people, so your guests can help themselves whenever they please. Thanks to apple cider and cinnamon and its large serving size, it’s a perfect fall drink for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, and even pumpkin carving parties.
If you’re planning a fall brunch, try this fizzy caramel apple mimosa.
Ingredients & Equipment
Here’s what you’ll need for this fall sangria:
- White wine
- Hard apple cider
- Cinnamon sticks
- Thyme or rosemary, for garnishing
You’ll also need a big ol’ pitcher and a long spoon to mix up this fall sangria. Usually my recipe posts include a “how to make” section, but with sangria you just put in fruit, then wine, then mix and let it sit. It’s super easy and minimal effort. (Which is probably why I am such a fan of sangria.)
Tips and Tricks
- Traditional sangria includes some type of liqueur. My fall sangria recipe skips this, but if you want a more traditional recipe, you can always add apple brandy or a pear or apple liqueur to tase.
- While you can make this ahead, I’d recommend only prepping it the morning of your party. Otherwise, the pears and apples will get too mushy and begin to brown.
- You can add or subtract the amount of fruit based on your pitcher’s size. The beauty of sangria is you can kind of just toss whatever you like into your vessel and let things combine.
- Feel free to sub out fruits with other fall flavors to make this sangria how you like. If you’re serving it closer to the holidays, I love the idea of adding pomegranate seeds or muddled cranberries.
How to Make Apple Cider Fall Sangria
- 1-2 apples, cored and sliced thinly
- 1-2 pears, cored and sliced thinly
- 1 orange, sliced then quartered
- 1 bottle white wine
- 1 cup pear or apple liqueur, or apple brandy optional
- 12 oz hard apple cider
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- fresh thyme or rosemary sprigs, for garnish
- In your pitcher, add apples, pears, oranges, and cinnamon sticks.
- Pour in the wine, hard apple cider, and liqueur (if using).
- Stir well, then cover top with plastic and let chill for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
- When you're ready to serve, pour fall sangria over ice-filled glasses. Spoon out some fruit into each glass, then garnish with a thyme or rosemary spring.