Sip into fall with this deliciously crisp apple cider sangria. This delicious and easy cocktail recipe is the perfect cocktail for a party or to enjoy with a few others as you celebrate all things autumn.
When it comes to fall, my favorite thing is having all the apples. Don't get me wrong, I love pumpkin spice - these pumpkin spice latte cupcakes are to die for - but I prefer apple-based things in general. This year, I've gone a little apple crazy, starting off with this post on homemade apple cider. I have two more apple recipes in mind after this apple cider sangria, but we can get into those when the time comes.
Apple Cider Sangria: The Ingredients
You can be a kind of loose when it comes to the specific ingredients for apple cider sangria. I will go over the ingredients I used, plus some common substitutions.
- Maple Bourbon - I still had maple bourbon leftover from my pumpkin cocktail, and it fits perfectly in this apple cider sangria. You can substitute it with cinnamon or apple flavored whiskey or brandy. Regular brandy or whiskey is also fine!
- Pinot Grigio - I prefer this white wine because it is light and crisp - perfect for autumn. You can use any white wine you have available though - sparkling white wine also works! If you don't have white wine, or are just not a fan, red wine can even be used. I prefer a merlot or cabernet sauvignon.
- Apple Cider - This is what makes this an apple cider sangria, so there really aren't any substitutions except apple juice! Most grocery stores sell apple cider in autumn, but if you are feeling adventurous, try making your own!
- Oranges, Pears, and Apples - These are the fruits I paired with my apple cider sangria, but feel free to add in any others you have around, or skip out ones you don't really enjoy. Other add-ins include grapes, cranberries, pomegranates, lemon, plums, and berries. I love fruits like pears and apples because they soak up some of the alcohol which makes them even nicer to eat!
- Sparkling Water/Club Soda - Not all sangrias sparkle and many of the varieties I had abroad did, but if you prefer them sparkling, I recommend a splash of sparkling water or club soda in your glass. Do not use anything like soda as it will make the drink too sweet to enjoy.
How to Make Apple Cider Sangria
Apple Cider Sangria is incredibly easy to make. It is just a matter of chopping your fruit, then mixing everything together! Once you've mixed everything together in a pitcher, leave it to sit for an hour - or preferably overnight. This is so all the flavors can mix together and become more pronounced. If you can't wait, it is still a very delicious drink to enjoy immediately.
How Long Does Apple Cider Sangria Last
This apple cider sangria makes enough for several generous glasses. If you are unable to finish it, the sangria should last for up to a week in your refrigerator.
If you want, you can also freeze your apple cider sangria in ice cube trays (just make sure the fruit is cut down smaller, or strain them out). Use the apple cider sangria ice cubes to chill your next batch of sangria the next time you make it!
Want more apple recipes? Check out:
Apple Cider Sangria
- 750 mL white wine preferably Pinot Grigio
- ½ cup maple whiskey
- [2 cups apple cider]
- 1 pear cored and sliced
- 1 large apple cored and sliced
- 1 orange sliced
- cinnamon sticks
- In a pitcher, mix together the wine, whiskey and apple cider.
- Wash and core the pear and apple.
- Slice the pear, apple, and orange, then add to the pitcher
- Add in one cinnamon stick
- Allow the apple cider sangria to sit in the refrigerator for at least one hour - preferably overnight.
- Serve chilled.