When it comes to fall “batch size” cocktails, this Cinnamon Apple Cider Sangria one of the absolute best. It’s a show stopper with its crisp, cold apple flavor and hint of cinnamon.
Everyone loves sangria, so this fall version is a hit when served at a get together. It’s one we’ve served at Halloween parties, all the way through to Christmas. As long as there are fall apples available, it’s one of our go-to drinks, along with this Hard Apple Cider Cocktail.
There are many versions of apple sangria you can make, but this recipe combines white wine, hard cider, cinnamon, and crisp apples and pears. Each glass gets its own cinnamon to use as a stir stick.
What Wine To Use
You’ll need a bottle of white wine for this fall sangria that leans more toward the dry and fruity than buttery, sweet, or aromatic. The best varietals tend to be Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, or a stainless steel Chardonnay.
Avoid sweet Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and buttery Chardonnays.
It doesn’t have to be an expensive bottle. As with red Sangria, often a cheaper red table wine is used. It’s not the time to pull out the $30 bottle.
What Apple Cider to Use
If you have a favorite apple cider brand, that’s the best one to use. For me, I’ve always loved the Seattle Cider Company, and it’s easy to get in Seattle, so that’s what I’d use.
Some national brands that are good to try are Crispin – they have a Honey Crisp and a Pacific Pear that are both quite good, Stella Artois Cidre, Redd’s Apple Ale, and Angry Orchard Crisp Hard Cider.
What About the Fruit?
When it comes to apples, anything goes but we particularly love Honey Crisp or Pink Lady. They’re both good crisp apples. Don’t stress about the apples, though. Whatever you have is fine.
Same goes for the pears. Just any pears are fine. If you want, you can also add other fruits like pomegranate seeds, oranges, and lemons.
OTHER COCKTAILS TO TRY
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Get all the delicious fall flavors in this cinnamon apple cider sangria.
- 1 bottle white wine (750 mL)
- 1 bottle hard apple cider (12oz)
- 2 apples, diced
- 2 pears, diced
- 2 cinnamon sticks, plus more for garnish
Combine the white wine and cider in a large pitcher. Add the apples, pears. and 2 cinnamon sticks. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Serve each drink with a cinnamon stick.
- Use any apples you want. We like Honey Crisp.
- Use any pears you like.
- Use a dry white wine with citrus and fruit flavors (like a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, or stainless steel Chardonnay).
- Use a fruity cider (try Crispin or Angry Orchard)
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 188Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 4gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g
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