The Little Epicurean

Oct 23 2014

Apple Cider Sangria

Apple Cider Sangria

For the longest time, I have talked about driving along the East Coast to experience New England’s fall foliage.  I long to see the changing palettes of nature.  I want to see all those leaves turn from lively green to beautiful gold.  I want to see the reds, yellows, and deep colors of fall.  One day.  One day Alex and I are going to take that gorgeous drive and end up in Maine where we’re going to eat our weight in lobster.  Until then, this apple cider sangria will have to do.

Apple Cider Sangria

Can you see fall’s warm colors in this sangria?  I sure can.

Sangria translates well into any season.  With apples in full bloom, why not take advantage?  With all the different varieties of apples available, it’s fun to mix and match and find your favorites.  I used a combination of Granny Smith, Braeburn, and Honeycrisp.

Apple Cider Sangria

Apple Cider Sangria

As always, it is best to let sangria sit for a couple hours (overnight is ideal) to allow the flavors to meld together.  However, if you aren’t patient (like me), go ahead and pour yourself a glass or two.  I won’t tell.


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Apple Cider Sangria

Sangria translates well into any season. With apples in full bloom, take advantages of all the different varieties available. Mix and match apples and find your favorites!

Yield: about 1 1/2 liters


  • 750mL bottle Pinot Grigio
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup Calvados (apple brandy)
  • 3 apple, unpeeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 cup club soda


  1. In a large pitcher combine wine, apple cider, Calvados, and sliced apples.  Cover and let chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour allow to allow flavors to infuse.  Add club soda before serving.  Stir to combine.  Serve chilled, with ice if desired.  Garnish with fresh apple slices.

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Apple Cider Sangria

10 Responses to “Apple Cider Sangria”

  1. October 23, 2014
    6:25 am

    That is one beautiful thing about living on the east coast. The lush greenery slowly turning to golden orange hues is stunning.
    You have brought us another delicious boozy beverage. I am in love with the fall flavors in this sangria. Pinning!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thank Jen! I’m hoping to make cocktail recipes a weekly thing, especially with the upcoming holidays! :)

  2. October 23, 2014
    9:38 am

    Yeah! I made apple cider sangria this week too. It’s perfect for fall. I always thought of sangria as just a summer thing. Glad I’ve come around! And you two should definitely do the drive one day. It’s worth it!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Sangria is perfect all year! During winter I hope to make a really dark red sangria full of spices. I really want to do the drive! I just need to plan it all out :)

  3. October 23, 2014
    6:50 pm

    Sangria is so yummy! I haven’t had it with apples before but this recipe looks so simple and refreshing, I want to try this soon. Pinned!

  4. October 24, 2014
    10:30 am

    I went to school in New Hampshire and had a great accounting professor who told all the boys to use Columbus Day weekend to go on a romantic leaf peeping trip with their girlfriends. He called it his “patented way to make sure you can watch lots of sports over the coming months” and gave lots of tips about holding hands and pointing out “all the colors, like a sunset.” I wonder how many college guys are still following his lead!

    When you plan your trip I will give you all the rest of his tips! If you go in mid-October you can ALSO visit pumpkin farms where they serve cider doughnuts. Please go! New England is just magic, even if they don’t have this sangria there. You can introduce them! :)

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      What an awesome professor! I will definitely contact you before I make the trip out to New England :)

  5. October 25, 2014
    12:45 pm

    Love this version of sangria, so delicious and perfectly seasonal!

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