Made with dry white wine, this crisp apple cider sangria has all the tastes of fall. It's perfect for your next gathering or just to have on hand in the fridge.
This sangria is your antidote to overly-sweet fall cocktails. Apple cider has a sweetness all its own, which is leveraged in this drink so we're skipping the added sugar from syrups.
Play up the apple by swapping traditional brandy for apple brandy, or play up the ginger by swapping ginger beer for the ginger ale.
- Dry white wine - Use a dry (not sweet) white wine like a Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.
- Apple brandy - You can substitute regular brandy or a different apple liqueur if that's what you have on hand.
- Apple cider - Fresh apple cider is the base of this sangria. Using apple juice will give you a very different drink with less apple flavor.
- Fresh Lemon - You need about half a lemon for this recipe.
- Aromatic bitters - These bitters will give the sangria a spicy fall note and keep the drink tart.
- Ginger ale - Besides a little ginger flavor, ginger all is adding sweetness to this drink.
- Apple slices and orange slices - For garnish in either the pitcher or the individual glasses. Or both!
How to Make Apple Cider Sangria
Combine wine, brandy, cider, lemon juice, and bitters in a large pitcher.
Add apple slices and orange slices. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
To Serve Your Sangria
Fill a glass with ice.
Add sangria to glass, filling ¾ full.
Top with a splash of ginger ale.
Garnish for Apple Cider Sangria
I like to use a cinnamon sugar rim to garnish the individual sangria glasses. Combine a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon and one tablespoon of sugar in a shallow dish. Run a wedge of lemon over the rim of the glass. Run the rim gently through the cinnamon sugar mixture and set aside until ready to serve.
Red and green grapes also make for pretty garnish. Add them in with and/or in place of the apple and orange slices.
Add ¼ cup brown sugar syrup to the mixture and/or a second can of ginger ale.
If it's not apple season, swap the cider for apple juice. You'll want to double the amount of aromatic bitters if you go with this swap. Try to find a juice that's less processed and closer to apple cider, like Simply Apple.
What to Serve with Apple Cider Sangria
Tart and crisp apple sangria pairs deliciously with these Slow Cooker Savory Spiced Nuts