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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.

Fall Sangria Recipe
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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.

Fall sangria recipe

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!
Red wine

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.

Apple cider sangria

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.

Fall sangria recipe

More types of sangria

There are lots more sangria recipes to try for every season! Here are some of our favorites:

This fall sangria recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free.

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Fall sangria recipe

Fall Sangria Recipe

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x


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
  • ½ 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


  1. Thinly slice the apple, pear, and orange. Place them into a medium bowl and stir in the sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Transfer to a large pitcher. Allow to stand for 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  3. After 1 hour, pour in the red wine. You can use it immediately, or chill for up to 3 hours.
  4. 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

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Nicole says:

    Is the sparkling cider the non alcoholic kind?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Yes! You can also sub for standard apple cider. The sparkling just adds a nice touch of bubbles.

  2. Barbara Dega says:

    I’d like to take this to a party. Can I mix all the ingredients in a pretty container and then just add ice and garnish when served?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Yes, but I would bring the sparkling cider and open that when serving. If premixing, I’d just use normal (not bubbly) cider.