Say goodbye to summer drinks and hello to fall cocktail recipes! This Apple Cider Sangria is loaded with spiced apple cider, vanilla whiskey, brandy, and fresh sliced fruit! 

Autumn Harvest Sangria | Kita Roberts

We’re suckers for a perfect fall cocktail like an Apple Cider Margarita or Pumpkin Silk Martini. Bring on all the fall flavors! This Apple Cider Sangria is another one of those fall cocktails we’re obsessing over. Embrace the cozy vibes and fall flavors with this sweet Apple Cider Sangria! Bursting with the sweet and tangy essence of apple cider, the subtle notes of wine and a medley of fresh fruits, this drink is a true crowd-pleaser that will elevate any fall gathering.

What Is an Apple Cider Sangria?

So, apple cider sangria is a twist on the traditional sangria, where we use apple cider as the star ingredient. This sweet and tangy beverage is perfect for those crisp and chilly days. We mix the cider with some crisp white wine, throw in a bunch of fresh fruit like apples and cranberries, and let it all meld together to create this delightful and refreshing drink. Want something a little more sweet? Try this caramel apple sangria.

Autumn Harvest Sangria | Kita Roberts

What You Need to Make This Apple Cider Sangria Recipe

  • Spiced Apple Cider – The kind that comes in a half-gallon or gallon jug at the grocery store. You can also use fresh apple cider if you prefer. 
  • White Wine – Use your favorite wine.
  • Vanilla Whiskey – Use any kind you prefer. 
  • Brandy – Use any kind you prefer. 
  • Fresh Apples
  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Cinnamon Sticks (plus more for garnish)

How to Make an Apple Cider Sangria

Mix the Sangria

Grab a large pitcher, and pour in the spiced apple cider, white wine, vanilla whiskey, and brandy. Give it a gentle stir to blend all those tasty flavors together.

Add in the Fruit

Add in those fresh apple slices and the juicy cranberries, and don’t forget to throw in some cinnamon sticks for that extra touch of warmth.

Time to Chill

Once it’s all mixed up, pop the jug or pitcher in the refrigerator to chill and let those flavors mingle and develop until we’re ready to serve.

Sip and Enjoy

When it’s time to enjoy, grab some glasses, fill them with ice, and pour in this delightful concoction. If you want to make it extra fancy, add a cinnamon stick as a garnish – it looks great and adds a little aromatic flair!

What to Serve With Apple Cider Sangrias

Embrace the fall season by pairing your delicious sangrias with cozy dinners like Big Batch Crock Pot Chili and Butternut Squash Soup. Or, pair them with some seasonal desserts like Apple Cider Doughnuts or Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls! It’s a match made in autumn heaven. 

If you’re consuming these sangrias around the holidays, pair them with the classics like Thanksgiving dressing, homestyle mashed potatoes and greens beans, and Glazed Cornish Hens!

Expert Tips

  • Swap out the apple cider for hard apple cider for an even boozier experience!
  • Add a splash of ginger ale or club soda for extra fizziness. 
  • For extra sweetness, add a dash of simple syrup or maple syrup.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon sugar rim or sprinkle ground cinnamon on top for added flair.
  • Use apple brandy to enhance the apple flavors in the cocktail.

Recipe FAQs

What kind of wine is best for making Apple Cider Sangria?

We used a sweeter white wine like Pinot Grigio, but feel free to use a dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or even a red wine!

How long should I chill the sangria?

The longer, the better! We want all those seasonal fruits to meld together and add flavor to our sangria. Two hours should be enough time to make that happen!

Can I add other fruits to this sangria?

Absolutely! Feel free to add some orange slices and even some pomegranate to mix things up!

​Can I make a non-alcoholic version of this sangria?

​Of course! Simply replace the white wine, brandy, and whiskey with some sparkling apple cider or lemon lime soda, and follow the rest of the recipe as written!

More Fall Cocktail Recipes to Try

Your new favorite fall cocktail awaits! Get ready to enjoy the delicious flavors of spiced apple cider, brandy, white wine, and fall fruits like apples and cranberries for the fall sangria of your dreams! Try this recipe out for your next holiday party or when you want to be wrapped up in cozy flavors. Transport yourself to a cozy oasis with seasonal spices in every sip. If you try this recipe, please rate the recipe card and leave a comment below to help out the next reader!

Autumn Harvest Sangria | Kita Roberts

Autumn Harvest Sangria

Want a classic drink for the upcoming holiday entertaining? This Autumn Harvest Sangria can be made in a big batch a day ahead of time and is a perfect balance of sweet flavors.
4.85 from 45 votes
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Author: Kita Roberts
10 minutes
Serves: 6 servings


  • 16 oz hard cider
  • 16 oz white wine
  • 6 oz vanilla whiskey
  • 4 oz brandy
  • 1 cup spiced apple cider
  • 2 to 3 apples - sliced
  • 1/3 cup cranberries
  • 5 cinnamon sticks - plus more for garnish


  • Mix the cider, wine, vanilla, brandy, and cider in a large jug or serving pitcher. Stir gently. Add in the sliced apples, cranberries, and cinnamon sticks.
  • Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Serve in glasses with over ice with additional cinnamon sticks as garnish, if desired.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Sodium: 13mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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