Grab a glass of apple cider sangria for the ultimate festive, fruity, and boozy fall cocktail. It's filled with fresh fruit and warm flavors to welcome the autumn season.
Happy fall, y'all! It's still quite hot here in Texas, but I'm so ready for the brisk, windy days ahead.
Toast to the fall season with this quick and easy red sangria! Sure you can buy sangria wine at the store, but making homemade sangria super simple and takes just 5 minutes to prep.
Why you'll love this recipe
Fall spiced sangria is a refreshing twist on the classic recipe.
To make red sangria for a crowd, you'll need a large pitcher. Any will do, though I prefer pitchers with a lid.
This is my favorite cocktail jigger, it helps making drinks at home a breeze.
Skip the knife work and use this apple slicer instead. It's super easy to use and clean.
Traditionally, sangria is made with red wine, water, fruit, and spices. Here’s what you’ll need to make this fall inspired wine based cocktail.
- Wine: The best wine for sangria is your favorite wine! I suggest grabbing a fruity red wine like Grenache or Pinot Noir. Other good red wine options for sangria include Merlot, Rioja, or Tempranillo.
- Apple cider: Look for fresh pressed unrefined apple cider, or use what you can find!
- Orange liqueur: To make sangria without brandy, use Triple sec as a replacement. It's a common orange-flavored liqueur that adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
- Fruit: Fresh fruit like apples and oranges are common, but go ahead and toss in some pear slices and pomegranate arils, if you desire. PS: You don't need to peel the fruit!
- Fall spices: Optionally garnish with cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and star anise.
Is sangria a fall drink?
Sangria is not just for summer! It can be enjoyed during brunch, happy hour, or during game day tailgating. Sangria also makes a great addition to Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, and Christmas celebrations.
However, if you want to enjoy fall sangria with apple cider outside of the autumn and winter months, go for it! This cocktail can be enjoyed year-round. The optional garnishes just makes it a little more fun and festive.
How to make
Now that we have our red wine and fresh fruit, let's make this apple sangria!
Start by slicing or chopping the fruit then place in a large pitcher. Pour the full bottle of wine into the pitcher along with the apple cider and orange liqueur.
Give everything a big stir, cover, and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
How to serve
Once the sangria has chilled and all the flavors had time to really come together, serve in glasses filled with ice.
If you choose to garnish, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, and any other seasonal topping to your glasses.
Serve sangria in wine glasses, goblet glasses, mason jars, or your favorite large serving glasses.
I hope you love this simple sangria recipe as much as we do. If you have any leftovers, store sangria in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Want more simple drink recipes for fall festivities and autumn entertaining? Try these next:
Apple Cider Sangria Recipe
- 1 bottle (750 ml) fruity red wine
- 2 cups (16 fl oz) apple cider
- ½ cup (4 fl oz) orange liqueur
- 2 apples
- 1 orange
- Optional garnishes: Cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, star anise
- Chop or slice the fruit then place in a large pitcher.
- Pour the bottle of wine into the pitcher, along with the apple cider and orange liqueur. Stir to combine.
- Cover the pitcher and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
- To serve, pour sangria into glasses filled with ice. Optionally garnish and enjoy!