Fall cocktails don’t get much easier than this make-ahead Apple Cider Sangria recipe. Every sip is filled with the fresh flavors of fall like apple, cinnamon and ginger.
If there was such a thing as autumn in a glass, it would be this Apple Cider Sangria. It’s filled with comforting fall flavors like fresh apple cider, spicy ginger liqueur, zesty cinnamon sticks and juicy pears.
Double the recipe to festively toast Thanksgiving with friends and family. Or scale it down for those cool October Netflix nights in your favorite cozy pants (fire in the fireplace is optional but totally recommended).
What is sangria
Sangria originated in Spain and Portugal. Wine was combined with fruits, other spirits or liqueurs and juice to make a delicious, make-ahead batch cocktail.
Most often you’ll see recipes for red or white sangria and even rosé sangria. Usually these drinks are red, white or pink in color, depending on the wine used, and they are most often seen in the warm summer months. But this apple cider version reflects the all the colors and flavors of mild fall days and cool fall nights.
You’ll find all the usual suspects in this sangria ingredient list:
- White wine (I used a dry Sauvingnon Blanc)
- Apple cider
- Ginger liqueur (I used Domaine de Canton)
- Fresh lemon juice
- Cinnamon sticks
- Ginger ale (I highly recommend Q Tonic Ginger Ale. It has a less sweet and more spicy flavor than typical grocery store ginger ale brands.)
The beauty of sangria is that it must be made ahead of time. The fruit needs time to chill out with the wine, liqueur and juices for maximum flavor.
- Start by filling a large pitcher with the wine, cider, liqueur and lemon juice.
- Add the chopped apple and pear and a few cinnamon sticks. Give it all a quick stir and pop it in the refrigerator.
- Chill the sangria for at least 4 hours and up to 24.
- When you’re ready to serve, stir in the ginger ale and pour the sangria into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with additional pear and apple slices and cinnamon sticks, if desired.
A drier white wine is ideal for this sangria. I used a Californian Sauvignon Blanc, but if you’re unsure, just ask for suggestions at your favorite liquor store.
Absolutely! Omit the wine and liqueur and add additional cider, ginger ale and a bit of non-alcoholic ginger syrup if you can find it. You may also want to include some club soda to cut the sweetness of the extra cider.
Of course! Cider is basically pulverized apples that have been pressed into liquid form where juice is finely filtered to remove any solids. This filtration also gives the juice its clear look. You might might notice a milder taste if you use apple juice in this drink as cider generally has a stronger, more robust flavor.
This cider sangria would be right at home whenever the leaves start to turn colors. Add it to your weekend football watching menu along with this crazy popular Green Olive Dip and a batch of easy slow cooker meatballs.
Or double down on apple season and pair your glass of sangria with one (or two) of these irresistible Apple Crisp Bars.
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Apple Cider Sangria
- 1 750-ml bottle of dry white wine (I used sauvignon blanc)
- 2 ½ cups apple cider
- 1 cup ginger liqueur I used Domaine de Canton
- 3 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 1 apple cored and sliced
- 1 pear cored and sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 8 ounces ginger ale I used Q Tonic
- Combine all ingredients except ginger ale in a large pitcher. Stir well and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
- When ready to serve, stir ginger ale into pitcher. Divide sangria equally among 8 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with additional pear and apple slices and cinnamon sticks, if desired.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.
This Apple Cider Sangria recipe is filled with comforting fall flavors - fresh apple cider, spicy ginger liqueur and aromatic cinnamon sticks. Fall drinks don’t get much easier than a pitcher of this make-ahead sangria!