This recipe originally appeared on my other site Simply Whisked.
I don’t know about you, but I love a good pitcher cocktail. They’re great for prepping ahead of time, and perfect for entertaining.
Since we’ll all be entertaining a lot more when the holidays roll around, I thought it might be nice to have a more fall-friendly version of my favorite pitcher cocktail – sangria.
And, the apple cider margaritas I made last year turned out so well, that I knew I had to something else with cider.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it
How to make apple cider sangria
Chop your apples. I like to use a mix of green and red apples because I think it’s prettier, but you can use whatever you have or prefer.
Other than removing the stem and core, you can chop them however large or small you like. You could even do slices.
Put in all in a pitcher. Add your fruit and cinnamon sticks to the pitcher and top with wine, apple cider, brandy and sugar. Stir to combine.
Let it soak. Put the pitcher into the fridge and let it sit overnight. This allows the flavors from the fruit and cinnamon sticks to come out, and it let’s the fruit soak up all the boozy goodness that’s in the wine.
If you don’t have that much time, you can still make this sangria recipe, just soak it as long as you can.
Top with club soda before serving. You can add this to the pitcher itself or add it to individual glasses before serving, depending on whether or not you’ll use up the whole pitcher – you don’t want to end up with flat sangria.
If you want your sangria to be a little sweeter, try using ginger ale or lemon lime soda instead of club soda. Or you can use a flavored seltzer water for a little something extra.
Everything you need to know about making sangria
I used a dry riesling for this recipe, but any white wine would work. Use whatever you prefer to drink, but don’t waste an expensive bottle on sangria either. I typically buy something in the $6-10/bottle range when making sangria.
Ideally, you want to soak sangria overnight for the flavor of the fruit (and in this case, cinnamon) to flavor the wine. If you’re crunched for time, a few hours will do just fine, but the flavor will be less pronounced.
I like to serve my sangria in wine glasses with a few ice cubes, and it’s usually already cold from being in the fridge overnight.
You can keep this fall sangria recipe in the fridge for up to 5 days. After that, the fruit will start to turn and you should probably toss it. Always use your best judgment.
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- Place fruit, cinnamon sticks, wine, brandy and sugar in a large pitcher. Stir to combine.
- Refrigerate overnight, or for a minimum of 2 hours.
- Mix in club soda before serving.
*If you’re not serving the full batch of sangria immediately, top individual glasses with club soda before serving to prevent the whole pitcher from going flat.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Wine
- Method: Mixing
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 150
- Sugar: 15.3 g
- Sodium: 9.8 mg
- Fat: 0.2 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 21.7 g
- Fiber: 1.2 g
- Protein: 0.3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: white wine sangria, apple cider sangria, apple sangria, fall sangria, thanksgiving sangria
Last Updated on October 23, 2023 by Melissa Belanger
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