This easy and refreshing apple sangria is packed with fresh apples and spiced with warming cinnamon sticks! Add a bit of apple brandy to your white wine sangria and you’ve got the perfect autumn cocktail!
Last week brought rainstorms and crisp breezes — ideal weather to cozy up with a glass of harvest sangria! And with apple season in full swing, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add a few fresh honeycrisps to this boozy drink. While the sunshine has already returned to the Ozarks, this apple sangria is something I know I’ll be making when the cooler weather returns and the colors begin to change!
making white wine sangria
To make this sangria, start with a bottle of dry white wine. I generally go with sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio, but don’t let that limit you! If your favorite white wine is a bit sweeter, it should still work nicely with this recipe. And there’s no need to go for a super expensive bottle of wine — a budget-friendly white will definitely do the trick!
Next, it’s time to add your favorite fruit! For this harvest sangria, I used apples, pears and oranges. When preparing the fruit, you have several options: roughly chop everything into cubes, cut the fruit into wedges, or slice into rounds. I used a mixture of all three methods! While the rounds make for an incredibly pretty sangria, cubes and wedges are more practical for serving.
To add a bit more flavor to this sangria, I always add several cinnamon sticks and a few splashes of apple brandy. If you don’t have apple brandy on hand you could substitute pear brandy, ginger brandy or even regular brandy. And, while it’s completely optional, I like to top my sangria with a splash of ginger ale to add a bit of sparkling sweetness.
For more cocktail ideas, check out these recipes!
- peach and chamomile cocktail with gin
- grapefruit cocktail with rosemary simple syrup
- blackberry bramble with becherovka liqueur
- apples 2 medium
- pear 1 medium
- orange 1 medium
- cinnamon sticks 4 sticks
- dry white wine 1 bottle (750 ml)
- (sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio work well)
- apple brandy ¼ c (60 ml)
for serving (optional)
- - additional cinnamon sticks
- - ginger ale
- Slice the apples, pear and orange. Add the fruit to a pitcher along with the cinnamon sticks and pour in the white wine and apple brandy.
- Refrigerate for at least two hours before serving or allow to sit overnight.
- This sangria can be served as is or you can top each glass with a bit of ginger ale.