Apple Cider Sangria is the perfect large batch cocktail for the fall and winter holiday parties. A simple concoction of apple cider, white wine, orange liqueur, orange juice, and fruit – is a recipe for success. This party cocktail is a game changer!
Fall is my very favorite time of year. After our hot Texas summers, we are ALWAYS ready for cooler weather, pumpkins, apples, and everything Christmas.
We grew up going to the apple orchards, so I’m a little obsessed with Apple Cinnamon Cobbler, Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce, and anything with apple cider. When it comes to cocktails, using fresh apple cider is key. Pick some up at an orchard or the grocery store the next time you’re out!
Other Sangria Recipes:
It’s hard to choose my favorite sangria recipe so I’ll just say – I love them all!
Ingredients needed for Apple Cider Sangria:
I love how simple this recipe is. It literally takes minutes to make!
- Apple Cider – Use the REAL stuff, not the apple juice.
- White Wine – Any fruity tasting white wine works best. I used Pinot Grigio for this recipe.
- Orange Liqueur – There is a wide variety of types of orange liqueurs. I love using Cointreau, a higher price version, but worth it.
- Orange Juice – This adds a bright flavor to this cocktail and mixes well with the apple cider.
- Fruit – Slice an apple and an orange. Add a squeeze of lemon to the apples to keep them from browning. You can even eat the fruit after soaking up all those beautiful flavors in this cocktail.
How to make Apple Cider Sangria:
Prepare the fruit – Use a sharp knife to slice the orange and apple in thin strips. Squeeze a lemon over the top of the apple, and mix. Set aside.
Combine ingredients – To the pitcher, add the apple cider, white wine, orange liqueur, and orange juice. Stir well and store in the refrigerator for at least four hours. Add some of the sliced fruit to the pitcher about one hour before serving.
You CAN drink the sangria immediately, but letting the flavors meld together makes for an even better cocktail.
Serve – To serve, pour sangria into mason jars along with some of the prepared fruit. Add a cinnamon stick, if desired.
You could also make a batch of frozen sugared cranberries to make these sparkle, especially if serving over Christmas.
Apple cider is raw apple juice that has not been filtered to remove particles of pulp or sediment. Apple Juice is juice that has been filtered to remove pulp or sediment and then pasteurized to stay fresh longer. This recipe calls for apple cider, readily available at grocery stores in the fall.
Sangria is an alcoholic beverage that originated in Spain and Portugal. (We had our first sangria in Barcelona, Spain!) There are two common varieties – red sangria and white sangria. It’s normally made with wine (red or white), liqueur (like brandy, cointreau, etc), fruit juice, and sliced fruit.
The fruit can go bad if you let the fruit soak for too long. I recommend adding the fruit about one hour before serving.
The fruit tends to soak up a moderate amount of the alcohol, but not too much.
What to serve with Apple Cider Sangria:
I recommend serving some appetizers with this sangria recipe. Here are a few of our favorites.
Apple Cider Sangria
- 32 oz. apple cider
- 750 ml bottle white wine – I use Pinot Grigio
- 8 oz. orange liqueur – I use Cointreau
- 8 oz. orange juice
- cinnamon sticks – to serve
- sliced apple and orange – to serve
- squeeze of lemon
- Use a sharp knife to slice the orange and apple in thin strips. Squeeze a lemon over the top of the apple, and mix. Set aside.
- Combine ingredients – To the pitcher, add the apple cider, white wine, orange liqueur, and orange juice. Stir well and store in the refrigerator for at least four hours.
- Add some of the sliced fruit to the pitcher about an hour before serving. Reserve a few slices for serving.
- To serve, pour sangria into mason jars along with some of the prepared fruit. Add a cinnamon stick, if desired.