Apple Cider Sangria

This Apple Cider Sangria is perfect for sipping in the fall or for sharing during the holidays. A pitcher of this bubbly sangria made with cider, wine, brandy and Prosecco brings instant cheer to the table!

Apple cider sangria in a stemless wine glass with fresh apples, cranberries, and cinnamon stick.

Why this Sangria Works

I had a gallon of fresh Apple Cider in my refrigerator that needed to be used, and I knew I wanted to give this Apple Cider Sangria a try.

I already made a batch of my delicious Apple Cider Donuts!

You guys, it turned out so delicious! An amazing balance of fruity flavors with a kick from brandy and crisp white wine. Everyone at my party loved this boozy apple cider!

This Sangria is NOT messing around. Made with two kinds of wine AND brandy, a full glass of this can be a little, well . . . strong. Like, “you better have brought a designated driver” strong.

The great thing about the recipe though is you can add as much soda as you like to dilute the drink to your preferred strength. Everyone can pour a little lemon lime pop into their class with their sangria to get the taste strength they want!

It’s a pitcher cocktail that makes everyone happy.

Ingredient Notes

  • Apple cider – Use fresh, cold cider (NOT apple juice) for best results. If you want to make your own from scratch, try my Instant Pot Apple Cider recipe.
  • White wine – Any dry wine works. I used Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Prosecco – Or sub any sparkling white wine or champagne.
  • Apples – Diced; no need to peel them first!
  • Cranberries – Or you can sub pomegranate seeds
  • Brandy – It doesn’t need to be the best of the best. A mid-shelf brandy will be perfect.
  • Cinnamon sticks – Don’t skip these! They add the perfect hint of spice.
  • Soda – You can use lemon lime pop like 7-UP and

Instructions

Stemless wine glass with apple cider sangria, fresh fruit, and a cinnamon stick.

Start by combining white wine, apple cider, brandy, diced apples, fresh cranberries and cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher.

Refrigerate at least 4-6 hours, or overnight. I like to let mine sit for a full 24 hours to let the sangria absorb the cinnamon flavors.

When ready to serve, pour Prosecco into pitcher.

To serve the Apple Cider Sangria, add a ladle of fruit to each glass. Add some pop to the glass, then pour a cup full of Sangria on top. You can add more pop to taste if needed!

The sangria is pretty strong, so we used about 1/4-1/2 cup pop for every 8 oz or so of sangria. By not adding the whole 2 liters of lemon lime pop to the pitcher, it gave us a little flexibility in the strength of the drink.

Enjoy right away!

I just loved the fresh look of the cranberries! The apple pieces tasted amazing, soaked in cinnamon cider and booze–it makes for a nice treat once you’ve finished all the sangria.

And believe me, you WILL want to finish all the Sangria!

A word to the wise, though: don’t eat the cranberries. They are raw and will be very sour! If you want a pop of color you can eat, too, swap them out for pomegranate seeds.

Recipe FAQ

Can apple cider sangria be made without alcohol?

You could definitely make a tasty fruity cider drink by using more apple cider in place of the brandy and wine, and more club soda or lemon lime soda in place of the prosecco, but it won’t taste nearly the same.

Can apple cider sangria be made in advance?

Yes! You can prepare the Apple Cider Sangria up to 24 hours in advance if you wait to add the Prosecco and pop until just before serving. Once you add the bubbly, serve the drinks right away!

What type of apples are best for sangria?

Use what you love! I love honeycrisp for their extra sweetness, but a combination of granny smith and gala apples are perfect in Apple Cider Sangria.

This Apple Cider Sangria is the perfect holiday beverage! Make it a day ahead of time for best flavor!

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Yield: 12 servings

Apple Cider Sangria

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

This Apple Cider Sangria is the perfect holiday beverage! Make it a day ahead of time for best flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) white wine (I used sauvignon blanc)
  • 5 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 3 large apples, diced (no need to peel)
  • 3 cup fresh cranberries
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Prosecco
  • 1 bottle (2L) lemon lime pop (I used 7UP)

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine white wine, apple cider, brandy, diced apples, fresh cranberries and cinnamon sticks.
  2. Refrigerate at least 4-6 hours, or overnight (I let mine sit 24 hours before serving).
  3. When ready to serve, pour Prosecco into pitcher.
  4. To serve, add a ladle of fruit to each glass. Add about 1/4-1/2 cup pop to the glass (depending on how strong you want your sangria. Start with less, you can always add more to taste. Add about 1 cup of sangria and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 20gProtein: 0g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Make this for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s or an autumn adult gathering! Spiced with cinnamon and full of festive bubbles, this Apple Cider Sangria gets everyone in the holiday spirit.

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Posted on November 6, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Ah, sangria!
    Thank you so much for the tips! I will be enjoying this drink all Fall!

    I have made this a number of times and it just keeps getting better!
    I add 2 cinnamon sticks and I like to make it at least 24 hours in advance.

    Such a great recipe!

  2. I mistakenly read the first line of your post as “I’m really good friends with sangria.” And I thought, “ME TOO.” Seriously though, I love apple cider and sangria and this looks perfect!!

  3. I totally wanted to make a fall sangria just like this and post it right about now to my blog but wasn’t able to find fresh cranberries in any local grocery stores until this week! Soo….that recipe won’t be happening. I’ll just make yours because it looks delicious!! And I love the dispenser!

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