Apple Cider Sangria is the perfect large batch cocktail for the upcoming 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. I guess I’m still a kid (haha!) because I love my birthday, that occurs in October, and all the fall and winter holidays afterward. Life is short, and so celebrating people and special occasions is one of my favorite things. Let’s invite our loved ones over, make up a charcuterie board and a large batch cocktail, and get our party on! 😀
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 taste and the orange liqueur.
- Fruit – Use an apple and orange, and cut them up into small chunks. You can even eat them after soaking up all those beautiful flavors in this cocktail.
- Cranberries and Cinnamon Sticks – For serving, these make this fall sangria pop with color and taste!
How to make Apple Cider Sangria:
- Prepare the fruit – Cut the orange and apple up in chunks. Squeeze a lemon over the top, and mix. Place the fruit in a large pitcher
- 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. You CAN drink them 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 some fresh cranberries and a cinnamon stick.
You could also make a batch of frozen sugared cranberries to make them sparkle. Love that!
What is the difference between apple cider and apple juice?
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.
Kitchen Tools/Products I used for this recipe:
- Large Glass Pitcher – This one is similar to the one pictured below.
- Mason Jars – I have a very large collection of these, and use them for SO many things.
- Cinnamon Sticks – Gives this sangria that pop of cinnamon flavor!
Make this sangria recipe next: Holiday Cranberry Apple Sangria
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Apple Cider Sangria is the perfect large batch cocktail for the upcoming 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!
- diced apple and orange - to serve
- squeeze of lemon
- 4 cups apple cider
- 750 ml bottle white wine - I use Pinot Grigio
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur - I use Cointreau
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- frozen cranberries - to serve
- cinnamon sticks - to serve
Cut up an apple and orange into chunks. Squeeze a lemon over top, and then add the fruit to the pitcher.
Add the apple cider, white wine, orange liqueur, and orange juice to the pitcher. Stir to combine. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I recommend making the sangria at least four hours prior to serving to let the flavors meld together.
To serve, pour sangria into mason jars, along with some of the soaked fruit, a couple of ice cubes, some fresh cranberries (for color, optional), and a cinnamon stick.
To make the frozen cranberries, make a simple syrup on the stove top by combining 1 1/2 cups water with 1 1 2/ cups sugar. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Remove pan from heat and pour about two cups of cranberries inside. Let cool. Then strain the simple syrup and keep for other holiday cocktails (or discard). Spread the cranberries on a baking sheet, sprinkle some sugar over them, and freeze. When frozen solid, store the sugared cranberries in the freezer until ready to serve the sangria.