Get ready to be amazed by the best fall drink recipe! This Fall Sangria recipe pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow.
WOW is all I can say about this one. Not only is this fall sangria recipe beautiful, it tastes like wearing a cozy sweater with a spiced candle in front of a roaring fireplace. (Or something equally cozy…you decide!) Alex is the cocktail recipe master of the two of us. He created this fall slash winter apple cider sangria that’s just sweet enough, cinnamon-spiced with apples, pears and orange. In my sister’s words: “I don’t usually like sangria. But this is the best sangria I’ve ever had.” Now, if you’re keeping track, she’s said “best ever” about quite a few things over here (vegan pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, etc.). But I’d have to agree with her…in all cases. Here are the secrets to our favorite fall drink recipe.
Want a cozy fall drink sans alcohol? Try our Apple Cider Slushie.
How to make a fall sangria recipe
Sangría is a traditional wine punch that originates from Spain. A classic sangria is made with red wine and chopped fruit, and often orange juice or brandy. (There are lots of sangria variations as well: peach sangria, white sangria, apple cider sangria, etc.) I studied abroad in Spain in college, so anything Spain-related is my favorite. But you’ll find that many Americanized recipes for sangria make it much too sweet: it basically tastes like fruit juice.
Here’s a fall sangria that’s closer to a true Spanish sangria in flavor! It’s robust and dark, featuring apples, pears, and orange soaked in Spanish red wine. There’s a little cinnamon thrown in for a kick. To serve, you’ll add ice to the glass, then use half sparkling apple cider or regular apple cider, and top with the red wine mixture. If you’d like, you can pour it in layers to make it two-toned, like these photos Alex snapped. It’s turns into the most vibrant, cozy fall drink recipe imaginable.
Here are the basic steps for this fall sangria recipe (see the full recipe below):
- Thinly slice a pear, apple, and orange. Place them in a bowl and mix with a sprinkle of sugar.
- Add to a pitcher and pour in a bottle of red wine. Allow to stand 1 hour for the flavors to meld.
- When ready to serve, fill each glass half-full with sparkling apple cider or regular apple cider. Top off with the red wine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or rosemary and serve!
What red wine to use for sangria?
What type of red wine should you use for sangria? Any dry red wine will work for the sangria. Again, this is a more traditional Spanish sangria where dry flavors meld with fruity: you don’t want the wine to be too sweet!
If you want to be even more traditional, use a Spanish dry red wine. Our favorite is a Tempranillo from Rioja, which is what we used when we made this fall sangria. Its vibrant color and fruity tasting notes are perfect for this drink.
How to serve this sangria
The best part of a good fall sangria recipe is the garnish, of course! In this cocktail we used a cinnamon stick, a branch of rosemary (we’re growing some in our garden), and an orange round from the remainder of the orange. Of course, you can use whatever you’d like that goes with the fall theme (any ideas?).
In terms of glasses to use for sangria, one you probably already have on hand is a wine glass. We typically use a stemless wine glass. However, here we decided to serve it in these Old Fashioned glasses because we liked the look! Or, it could work with a lowball glass if you have that type of glass on hand.
More with fresh rosemary? Try our Top Rosemary Recipes.
More types of sangria
There are lots more sangria recipes to try for every season! Here are some of our favorites:
- Classic Red Sangria Full of bold, fruity flavor.
- White Sangria Crisp and refreshing.
- Rose Sangria A light and fruity summer spin with rosé wine that everyone will be talking about.
- Strawberry Sangria A rose sangria with big berry flavor!
- Easy Peach Sangria Another white sangria, with a load of sweet fruit.
- Frozen Sangria This icy version is wine-forward and just sweet enough, with a hint of citrus.
This fall sangria recipe is…
Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free.Print
Get ready to be amazed by the best fall drink! This Fall Sangria recipe pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow.
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 1/2 orange
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 750 ml bottle dry red wine, such as Rioja
- 1 750 ml bottle sparkling cider or apple cider
- Optional garnishes: Cinnamon stick, rosemary sprig, remaining orange slices
- Thinly slice the apple, pear, and orange. Place them into a medium bowl and stir in the sugar and cinnamon.
- Transfer to a large pitcher. Allow to stand for 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
- After 1 hour, pour in the red wine. You can use it immediately, or chill for up to 3 hours.
- To serve, fill a glass with ice. Fill halfway with sparkling apple cider, then halfway with red wine mixture. Garnish with cinnamon stick, rosemary or orange slices. When you’ve polished off the sangria, you can snack on the sweetened fruit.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Stirred
- Cuisine: Cocktail
Keywords: Fall Sangria Recipe, Fall Sangria, Apple Cider Sangria
Looking for winter and fall drink recipes?
Here are a few more winter and fall drink recipes:
- Apple Cider Bourbon Cocktail
- Spiced & Spiked Apple Cider
- Mulled Wine Recipe
- Homemade Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
- All-Natural Hot Cocoa Recipe
- Holiday Punch Iced Tea Recipe
- Gin Fizz Cocktail
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.