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Apple Cider Sangria Recipe for Fall

Fall is the perfect time to get together with friends and family. Once Fall comes everyones schedules seem to slow down a bit and it’s a great time to appreciate all that we have with those that we love. Maybe you’re having everyone over for Thanksgiving or just the gang coming over for football. I’ve got the perfect pitcher drink for you! Apple Cider Sangria!!!

Sangria is great all year round but this sangria is the epitome of Autumn all wrapped up into one perfect pitcher.

Did you go apple picking? If so slice up those apples along with citrus fruits. I used oranges, lemons and limes along with some frozen cranberries to give it color and seasonal appeal.

So let’s create an irresistible Sangria together!

apple cider sangria

The Heart of the Sangria: Apple Cider

If your’e lucky enough to be by a farmers market or a pumpkin patch stop in to get some fresh apple cider.

This is one of my favorite things about Fall. I love apple cider in so many different ways.

You can serve it hot or cold or even cook with it in recipes. It’s here for such a short time so go get a gallon and make this Sangria!

The Cider is what makes this soooo irresistible and the perfect Big Batch cocktail for your next party.

I use chilled Pinot Grigio because it is not too sweet and is perfect paired with the cider.

By adding a little brandy it gives your sangria that extra pop but I use Peach instead of apple. Peach brandy has a nice flavor that compliments the wine and cider.

Feel free to get Apple Brandy instead if you really want to emphasize the apple flavor.

Mixing the Magic: Crafting Your Apple Cider Sangria

  1. Gather Your Tools: To embark on this fall-flavored adventure, you’ll need a pitcher or a container with a spout. This will be your Sangria vessel of choice.
  2. Ingredients at a Glance:
    • 1 bottle of chilled Pinot Grigio
    • 2 cups of apple cider
    • 1/2 cup of peach brandy (or apple brandy)
    • 1 bottle of plain seltzer
    • Assorted sliced fruit (green and red apples, oranges, lemons, limes)
    • 1 cup of frozen cranberries
  3. Slicing and Dicing: Thinly slice all your fruit, preparing a symphony of flavors that will infuse into your Sangria.
  4. Building the Base:
    • Pour the chilled Pinot Grigio into your chosen pitcher.
    • Follow it up with the fragrant apple cider.
    • Gently add the unique touch of peach brandy, or apple brandy if you prefer.
  5. Fruit Fusion: Introduce the sliced fruits and give everything a gentle stir, allowing the flavors to mingle and dance.
  6. Chill Out: Place your Sangria masterpiece in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours, or for the best results, let it marinate overnight. This gives time for the flavors to fully develop and create that signature autumnal essence.
  7. Serving the Elixir:
    • When you’re ready to serve, fetch those large wine glasses and fill them with ice.
    • Pour your well-chilled Sangria, ensuring you fill the glasses about 3/4 of the way to leave room for a touch of effervescence.
  8. Bubbly Finale:
    • Top off each glass with plain seltzer, adding a light and refreshing fizz.
    • For a final flourish, garnish with a selection of the beautifully soaked fruit from your pitcher.


  • If you’re not going to serve this right away you can hold off on the cranberries till your ready to serve so they stay frozen.
  • Use a cute pitcher to make your sangria look oh so appealing. You want everyone to be excited to see what you have made!
  • I like to serve this in big wine glasses with ice. 
  • Serve this with some yummy snacks like chips and dip or something more substantial like a quesadilla platter. It’s sure to please all your guests!

Big Batches

big pitcher of apple cider sangria next to empty wine glass

This is perfect for Thanksgiving as you can make it all the night before and just put it out for people to help themselves. Gives you more time to focus on that fabulous bird your making.

Or maybe it just Sunday Funday in your house or you’re throwing a football party this is the way to go in order to make your life as easy as possible. After all that’s what I’m all about.

For my next football party I’m serving a couple beer choices and this Sangria. All you need to do is put out some glasses, put the beer on ice and put your feet up and watch the game! Make one or two of my easy peasy appetizers and you are good to go!!!!

apple cider sangria in wine glass

Variations & Substitutions 

If you’re not a fan of Pinot Grigio or just want to change things up, here are some great alternatives to try: 

  • White Zinfandel 
  • Riesling 
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Moscato
  • Spanish Cava or a Prosecco 

The brandy is just as interchangeable. If you don’t have peach brandy, try: 

  • Apple Brandy 
  • Cherry Brandy 
  • Apricot Brandy 
apple cider sangria garnished with orange, apples, cranberries


So gather your pitcher, favorite wine glasses, apple cider, and a few of your favorite fruits and enjoy! 

I hope that you love this Apple Cider Sangria as much as I do and use it for all your Fall entertaining. If you have a chance tag me on Instagram and show me how you made yours! I’d love to see it!! 

apple cider sangria with oranges, lemon, lime, apples and cranberries

Apple Cider Sangria

This is the perfect drink if your hosting Thanksgiving or any Autumn party! It's a super easy and yummy mix of cold Pinot Grigio, Apple Cider, Peach Brandy, Sliced Apples, Citrus, Frozen Cranberries and topped of with some seltzer! Hello Fall!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 8


  • 1 Pitcher or Container with a spout


  • 1 Bottle Pinot Grigio Chilled
  • 2 Cups Apple Cider
  • 1/2 Cup Peach Brandy You could use Apple Brandy I just like the flavor of the peach
  • 1 Bottle Plain Seltzer To top off each glass

Sliced Fruit

  • 1 Green Apple Sliced Thin
  • 1 Red Apple Sliced Thin
  • 1 Orange Sliced Thin Crossways
  • 1 Lemon Sliced Thin Crossways
  • 1 Lime Sliced Thin Crossways
  • 1 Cup Frozen Cranberries I like them frozen as they can serve as ice cubes to keep your sangria cold but it is not mandatory


  • Slice all your fruit in thin slices
  • Pour chilled Pinot Grigio into Pitcher
  • Pour Apple Cider into Pitcher
  • Pour Peach Brandy into Pitcher
  • Add all your fruit and stir
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight
  • Fill large wine glasses with ice and fill with sangria 3/4 of the way
  • Top off with Plain Seltzer and garnish with some fruit from the pitcher
  • Serve immediately
Keyword apple cider, big batch cocktails, fall cocktails, sangria
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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Spicy Apple Cider Margaritas

Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini

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