This easy white wine Apple Cider Sangria is the perfect fall punch recipe! Simple to whip up and quick to disappear thanks to the crisp apple flavor. Made with fresh fruit, vodka, and your favorite wine for that perfect boozy blend.
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- EASY: Measure, dump, mix, and drink! It really is that simple.
- Customizable: Use your favorite white wine, sparkling wine, or even moscato for a more sweet finish.
- Make-Ahead: This recipe actually tastes better with time. I like to make it at least 4 hours in advance, if not the night before.
I’m slightly obsessed with sangria, and for good reason. It is one of the most delicious cocktails and can easily get you into trouble. This apple crisp sangria recipe is inspired by my Sparkling Peach Sangria. Both staples in our drink collection. They take less than 10 minutes to prep and you get a generous sized pitcher! The flavors are perfect for fall, but equally delicious all year long!
Save this one to your recipe box. It’s about to become a go-to drink everyone will love.
WHAT ALCOHOL SHOULD I MIX WITH APPLE CIDER?
Typically, a sangria will use brandy. While you can use a brandy, or whiskey, in this recipe, we find that vodka pairs better with the cider. Here is what you need to make this recipe:
- Wine: Use your favorite white wine. I suggest sticking with something on the dry side, as it compliments the sweetness of the cider. Some great examples are Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, or Grenache Blanc. If you want more of a sparkling beverage, you can also opt for a prosecco.
- Apple Cider: Reach for a quality cider, we like our local orchard’s or Musselman’s.
- Vodka: Alrighty, there’s a little trick here that can take you in one of two directions. You can use a plain vodka, which is so damn good, OR you can use caramel vodka. Both Pinnacle and Smirnoff make versions of this and it gives this drink a dipped caramel apple flavor that is over the top!
- Syrup: OPTIONAL. But if you are finding that your sangria needs a little more sweet, you can add a simple syrup.
- Apples: I used a blend of red and green apples. Optionally, you could use a mix of apples, pears, and oranges.
HOW TO MAKE APPLE CIDER SANGRIA
Making sangria is SO EASY. It is as simple as dicing the fruit of your choice and mixing everything together. Remember, the longer this recipe sits, the more bold of an apple flavor you will get!
- PREP: Dice the fruit, no need to peel, and measure all of the ingredients. I like to start with chilled wine and cider.
- MIX: Add the fruit to a pitcher. Top with the remaining ingredients and give a good stir.
- CHILL: Let the flavors blend together while the sangria chills in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, ideally overnight.
- Apple Cutter: Could you use a regular ol’ paring knife (affiliate) to slice an apple? Yep. However, this little gem of an apple slicer (affiliate) is gold in our home. In seconds you can have slices of apples ready to add to your drink!
- Pitcher: For this recipe, it tastes best the longer it sits. Luckily, these little juice pitchers (affiliate) come with lids and are the perfect size for the side door in the refrigerator!
- Measuring Cups: A quality set of liquid measuring cups (affiliate) are an amazing addition to any kitchen! I’m a fan of these angled cups for so many reasons, but mostly because it’s so easy to see that liquid line as it fills.
I recommend using this recipe within 3 days of mixing together. The apples will start to soften the longer it sits. Ideally, you will want to consume within the first 24 hours.
Yep! In fact, I suggest making it the night before you plan on serving. If you are using a sparkling wine, wait to add until just before serving so you retain that bubbly fizz.
Any apples will work in this recipe! I used honeycrisp and granny smith apples. Other fruits, like pears or oranges, would also add a delicious compliment to the flavor.
Yes! I love to use prosecco in this recipe. It adds a delightful bubbly finish.
Of course! Swap the wine for sparkling apple cider and leave out the vodka.
MORE MUST-TRY PUNCH RECIPES
Apple Cider Sangria Recipe
- 4-5 Apples or Pears chopped
- 1 (750 ml) bottle White Wine
- 1/2 cup vodka regular or caramel
- 3 cups Apple Cider
- Add the chopped fruit into a large pitcher.
- Top with the wine, vodka, and apple cider.
- Stir to combine.
- Chill for at least 30 minutes and serve.
- This recipe will last approximately 3 days if stored covered in the refrigerator.
- Add 1/4 cup caramel sauce for a caramel apple sangria.
- Make this non-alcoholic by substituting sparkling cider for the wine and omitting the vodka.