APPLE CIDER SANGRIA RECIPE
Sangria is the ultimate wine lover’s make-ahead cocktail, and this Apple Cider Sangria tastes just like a day at the orchard. Made with dry white wine, apple cider, cinnamon, and Honeycrisp apples, this recipe is the best balance of refreshing and sweet, and will keep the fall spirits high until the last leaf falls.
So whether you’re at a mountain getaway taking in all the fall colors, making a bonfire with friends, or raking leaves on a crisp afternoon, break out the pitcher and treat yourself to sangria. Even better, place all ingredients in a drink dispenser and invite family and friends to grab a glass! After all, this drink tastes best when shared.
And the best part about this delicious wine cocktail? It takes hardly any time to prepare! Just 10 minutes. Plus, the ingredients are super easy to find. Fruit? Juice? Wine? All of the above, please! If you’re having a hard time finding fresh cranberries, look in the frozen section of your local grocer — you may have better luck locating a bag there. Oranges and pears would work great here as well. Cut pears into squares like the Honeycrisp apple, and make orange pinwheels to really add a touch of fall color.
We recommend prepping this fall sangria recipe at least one hour before serving so the flavors have time to meld, but you can also make it the morning of a get-together and serve in the evening. For this recipe we used our White Wine cans, but if you want a sparkling sangria, use the White Wine with Bubbles. Just make sure to omit the wine at the start of the recipe, and add it right before serving so it doesn’t go flat during the time in the fridge.
So what are you waiting for? Kickoff fall and mix up this autumn sangria, and don’t forget the apple cider donuts on the side.
APPLE CIDER SANGRIA
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
- 3 cans of Graham + Fisk White Wine (or 1 bottle of dry white wine)
- 2 cups apple cider
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 Honeycrisp apple cut into squares
- 1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 cinnamon sticks plus 1 for each glass (optional)
DIRECTIONS:In a large pitcher, combine wine, apple cider, lemon juice, Honeycrisp apple squares, cranberries, and 2 cinnamon sticks. Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least one hour.
When ready to serve, bring out the pitcher and stir. Pour sangria into glasses with ice, top with a cinnamon stick, and enjoy. Cheers!
SPARKLING APPLE CIDER variation: Prepare the recipe as directed, except leave out the wine while it rests in the fridge. When ready to serve, pour 3 cans of Graham + Fisk White Wine with Bubbles (or a bottle of dry sparkling white wine) into the pitcher. Stir to incorporate all ingredients, and serve in glasses with a cinnamon stick.
STRONGER SANGRIA variation: Prepare original recipe as directed and top each glass with a splash of apple brandy. Mix with a drink stirrer.
APPLE CIDER MOCKTAIL variation: Replace the wine in the original recipe with 2 cans of quality ginger beer. Stir to incorporate all ingredients and serve in glasses with a cinnamon stick.
Erin Hooker is a writer with experience creating wine, food, and interior design content. She began contributing to Graham + Fisk’s blog in 2021.