Fall Sangria with Apple Cider

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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.

fall sangria with apple cider

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!

This recipe is also perfect for a fall charcuterie evening or a wine and cheese gathering. It makes a great Thanksgiving sangria and will go well with any of our fall desserts.

How to Make our Fall Sangria Recipe

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.

Ingredients

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.

Directions

Here are the basic steps to making sangria.

sangria ingredients in a pitcher

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.

rioja wine pouring into a pitcher

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.

fall sangria recipe

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.

fall sangria pouring into a wine glass

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

Can sangria go bad?

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.

How do I store sangria?

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.

fall spice sangria recipe

More Sangria Recipes

We have a sangria recipe for every season! Here are some of our favorites:

Another great fall cocktail is Mulled Wine made with our Mulling Spices.

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fall sangria with apple cider

Fall Sangria

This is the best fall sangria! Lightly sweetened and made with apple cider and appel vodka. You will love this recipe! It's perfect for a fall gathering.
4.80 from 5 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 242kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Slice the apples and oranges. 
    apple slices
  • Add all of the ingredients into a pitcher, including the slices and a sprig of thyme. Give it a good stir. 
    sangria ingredients in a pitcher
  • Let the sangria sit in the refrigerator for 2 to 8 hours. 
    rioja wine pouring into a pitcher
  • 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. 
    fall sangria pouring into a wine glass
  • Garish with thyme and a cinnamon stick. 
    fall sangria recipe

Notes

Let this sangria sit in the refrigerator for 2-8 hours before serving. 
It will keep for a few days in the refrigerator. 
Add ice to the glasses only, not the pitcher. 
Add more maple syrup if you want it to be sweeter. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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