Fall Sangria with Apple Cider

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Get ready for the best fall sangria recipe! This sangria is made with apple cider, apple vodka, spices, and orange and apple slices. It’s perfect for fall gatherings, not too sweet, and easy to make. You will love this recipe!

Fall sangria in a glass with cinnamon, thyme and an orange slice.

My fall sangria with apple cider is packed full of flavor. I 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. That sounds like the perfect fall evening to me!

If you love sangria as much as I do, try my 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 Fall Sangria

I’ll cover tips and tricks and everything you need to know to make this recipe.


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.

Sangria ingredients in a pitcher with thyme and cinnamon.


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 of pieces of fruit in each glass as well.
  • Garish with thyme and a cinnamon stick.
Rioja wine is poured into a pitcher to make red sangria.

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.
  • Add more seasonal fruit like pomegranates or sliced figs.
  • Use a large enough pitcher to fit all of the sliced fruit and liquid.
  • Lighten it up with a splash of club soda for a lighter version.
Fall sangria with a cinnamon stick.

What Red Wine to Use for Sangria

When picking out a red wine for your sangria, go with a blend from Spain. Rioja is blended primarily from the Tempranillo grape which 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. Spain’s most widely planted red grape is also great for sangria.

Tips for How to Store

The key to storing red wine sangria is to keep it chilled and covered. You can use the same pitcher or container you used to make the sangria but cover it tightly with a lid or plastic wrap. This will help prevent air from entering the sangria and altering its flavor.

Once your red wine sangria is covered, place it in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. After that, the flavors may lose their intensity, and the fruit may begin to break down. Consuming red wine sangria within 2-3 days is best for optimal taste.

Sangria being poured into a wine glass filled with ice.

How to Serve 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, 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.

Can I substitute the apple vodka?

You can use a different flavored vodka like pear or any fall flavor.

Fall spice sangria recipe on a tray garnished with a cinnamon stick.

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.
4.58 from 7 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


  • 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. 
    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


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. 


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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