Get ready for the best fall sangria with apple cider recipe! This sangria is made with apple cider, apple vodka, spices as well as orange and apple slices. It’s perfect for fall gatherings, not too sweet and easy to make. You will love this recipe!
Our fall sangria with apple cider is packed full of flavor. We love that it’s lightly sweetened with maple syrup and apple cider. Imagine hosting a simple gathering outside, with cozy blankets next to a fire and sipping this incredibly flavorful fall sangria with vodka. That sounds like the perfect fall evening to us.
Because we love sangria so much, we have several amazing recipes you can check out. For instance see our apple pie sangria, black sangria and traditional white sangria recipe too! All three of these are incredibly delicious!
How to Make our Fall Sangria Recipe
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The term sangria dates back to the 18th century. Early versions of this cocktail were popular in Spain, Greece, and England. It was originally served hot and cold. Sangria as an iced drink was introduced to the U.S. in the late 1940s through Hispanic Americans and Spanish restaurants.
Here’s how you make our version of the best fall sangria with apple cider.
Red Wine – Something that’s not too expensive is perfect for sangria.
Apples – Sliced apples flavor the sangria.
Orange – Sliced oranges add flavor.
Apple Cider – Adds sweetness and apple flavor.
Apple Vodka – This is a fall sangria with vodka. We use an apple vodka to give the recipe a rich apple flavor. If you prefer you can use regular vodka too.
Cinnamon & Nutmeg – Adds spice and fall flavors.
Maple Syrup – Adds a warm sweetness to the cocktail.
Thyme – Fresh thyme adds a touch of green a slight herb flavor.
Here are the basic steps to making sangria.
First, slice the apples and oranges.
Next, add all of the ingredients into a pitcher, including the slices and a sprig of thyme. Give it a good stir.
Let the sangria sit in the refrigerator for 2 to 8 hours.
When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice and pour the sangria over the ice. Get a couple pieces of fruit in each glass as well.
Garish with thyme and a cinnamon stick.
Tips for Making Fall Sangria
- Allow the sangria to chill for at least 2 hours. This allows the flavors to really blend together creating the best sangria.
- Add more maple syrup if you want a sweeter cocktail.
- Don’t use an expense bottle of red wine for this recipe.
- Furthermore, add more seasonal fruit like pomegranates or sliced figs.
- Use a large enough pitcher to fit all of the sliced fruit and liquid.
Red Wine for Sangria
When picking out a red wine for your sangria, go with blend from Spain. Rioja is blended primarily from the Tempranillo grape that works well. It has a bit of a bitter taste, which makes the sangria less sweet, which we prefer.
Another option is a bottle of Garnacha from Spain. It’s Spain’s most widely planted red grape and is also great for sangria.
How to Serve Fall Sangria
Sangria is served in wine glasses. However, you can get creative and use unique shaped wine glasses and stemless wine glasses. Serve over ice and always make sure a few slices of fruit are in each glass. In addition to ice and sliced fruit in the glass, also garnish the cocktail with a cinnamon stick, orange slice and a sprig of thyme to make it festive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Usually, the fruit in sangria will go bad before the actual wine. It will last up to 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
Sangria can be left in the pitcher in the refrigerator. Don’t add ice to the pitcher, instead fill each glass with ice. This way the sangria will last longer.
More Sangria Recipes
We have a sangria recipe for every season! Here are some of our favorites:
Let us know if you make this fall sangria with vodka recipe by leaving a comment. Furthermore, we’d love if you gave it a rating too!
- 750 ml red wine, Rioja
- 2 apples, sliced
- 2 oranges, sliced
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup apple vodka
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- thyme sprig
- Slice the apples and oranges.
- Add all of the ingredients into a pitcher, including the slices and a sprig of thyme. Give it a good stir.
- Let the sangria sit in the refrigerator for 2 to 8 hours.
- When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice and pour the sangria over the ice. Get a couple pieces of fruit in each glass as well.
- Garish with thyme and a cinnamon stick.
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- Apple Martini Recipe
- Wild Turkey Thanksgiving Cocktail
- Apple Cider Moscow Mule
- Rudolph Collins Recipe
- Spiced Apple Sparkler Punch
We hope you enjoy this delicious cocktail!