This Autumn Apple Sangria with apples, brandy, white wine, and cinnamon, is a refreshing fall drink that comes together in just 10 minutes!
This is the first week that really feels like autumn. Crisp air and colorful leaves and I can finally break out my fluffy scarf and sock collections. So today we’re putting on our bartender pants and making Autumn Apple Sangria!
Some fun times have been in the presence of sangria. Galavanting around Barcelona with my favorite ladies and stumbling through our college town in our annual Parents Bar Tour. But who says sangria has to stay in the summer months? Sure, summer-approved berry packed sangria is always a move, but why not autumn things up a bit?
Ingredients for Apple Cider Sangria
Easy fall sangria requires only 7 ingredients: apples, pomegranate seeds, a couple of flavorings, and the good stuff (aka the wine and brandy)!
- Apples: First up, start with 2 apples cut into cubes. You can use your favorite apple varieties here!
- Pomegranate Seeds: Add ½ cup of pomegranate seeds for tasty fall flavor.
- Cinnamon: Next, use 4 cinnamon sticks to get that nutty, spicy taste. Use a few extra as drink stirrers for when you serve the sangria as well.
- Wine: To make this a true sangria, add 750 mL of your favorite dry white wine!
- Apple Cider: Include 3 cups of nonalcoholic apple cider. This doubles the ounces of sangria and also creates a yummy flavor. (Make your own apple cider here!)
- Brandy: Apricot, apple, or pear-flavored brandy all work great in this cool weather sangria. Use ¼ to ½ cup. You can also sub this for bourbon or a fruity liquor!
- Carbonated Water: Last but not least, add 1 cup of club soda to create a fizziness.
Optionally add in extra fruity fun with chopped plums, chopped pears, or sliced oranges!
How to make fall sangria with apple cider
Making this sangria is easy peasy! Just combine the ingredients, chill (if desired), and enjoy!
- Combine the ingredients: In a large pitcher, stir together all of the ingredients except the carbonated water. If you have time, set the pitcher in the fridge for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend.
- Add club soda & serve: Just before serving, add carbonated water to the pitcher. Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick.
Dial up the fancy with a coated rim
Take your fancy level up a notch by combining a spoonful each of cinnamon and sugar. Dip the rim of your serving glasses into the sangria, then dip it in the cinnamon sugar mix before pouring in the sangria!
Do you eat the fruit in sangria?
The best part about sangria is always the fruity pieces you can enjoy in between sips! And for autumn sangria that includes the pomegranate seeds. Many people think you can’t eat them, but you can — the entire seed is totally edible. You can also eat the apples in this sangria, which soak up that delicious sangria flavor and make for a tasty treat as you sip.
Enjoy the season with these fall bites
Need some more cozy autumn inspiration? Here are some favorite fall recipes!
- 2 apples cubed
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- 4 cinnamon sticks + more for serving
- 1 bottle dry white wine 750 mL
- 3 cups nonalcoholic apple cider 709 mL
- ¼ to ½ cup apricot, apple, or pear brandy 60 to 120 mL
- 1 cup carbonated water 236 mL, club soda
- Combine: In a large pitcher, stir together all ingredients except carbonated water. If you have time, set pitcher in fridge for a few hours to allow flavors to blend.
- Serve: Just before serving, add carbonated water to the pitcher. Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick.