Home · Recipes · Cocktails Apple Cider Sangria Author: Maryanne CabreraPublished: Oct 23, 2014Updated: Sep 18, 2022 View Recipe11 ReviewsThis post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy. Take advantage of fall’s abundance of apples with this apple cider sangria. Mix and match your favorite apple varieties! 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; 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. Fall Sangria Can you see fall’s warm colors in this sangria? I sure can. Sangria translates well into any season. Since apples is in full bloom, why not take advantage? This apple cider sangria is easy to customize to your liking. It only requires a handful of ingredients: White Wine Apple CiderCalvadosFresh ApplesClub Soda White Wine Choose a dry white wine that is light and refreshing. I suggest using pinot grigio. Pinot grigio wines tend to be on the acidic side. It will mellow wonderfully with the sweet apple cider. Other wine options include: pinot gris and New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Stay away from sweet moscato wine or oaky chardonnay wine. Apple Cider The labeling of “apple cider” versus “apple juice” varies from state to state. For the sake of this recipe, apple cider refers to unfiltered pressed apples. It is juice that is a bit cloudy and thicker than your regular boxed apple juice. Do not use Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider. That’s a completely different product! Calvados Calvados is apple brandy produced in Normandy (Northern France). It is made from pressed apples that is fermented into a dry cider. The liquid is distilled into brandy and aged. Calvados adds a rich apple flavor that highlights the sweetness of the apple cider. If you cannot find Calvados you may substitute in pear brandy or a light brandy. Big box beverage stores like BevMo and Total Wine carry many varieties of Calvados. White Wine Autumn Sangria With all the different varieties of apples available, it’s fun to mix and match and find your favorites. There are well over a thousand apple varieties. I used a combination of: Granny SmithBraeburnHoneycrisp Granny Smith is the best variety to use for sangria. It adds the perfect bright tartness to contrast with the slightly sweet white wine and apple cider mixture. As always, it is best to let sangria sit for a couple hours (overnight is ideal) to allow the flavors to meld together. More Fall Inspired Cocktails and Drinks Apple Harvest Punch combines apple cider, whiskey, ginger beer, and fruits together. Orange Vanilla Mulled Wine is a warm beverage made with red wine, various spices, and fruit. Apple Pie Moonshine Cocktail is a party favorite that is smooth and super easy to drink! 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 ½ liters (about 7 cups) Prep Time: 5 minutes minutesChill Time: 1 hour hourTotal Time: 1 hour hour 5 minutes minutes Servings: 8 Print Recipe Pin Recipe Rate Recipe Ingredients750 mL bottle Pinot Grigio2 cups apple cider½ cup Calvados (apple brandy)3 apples, unpeeled, cored, and sliced1 cup club soda Instructions 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 Notes Choose a dry white wine that is light and refreshing. I suggest Pinot Grigio. It is an acidic wine that will mellow wonderfully with the sweet apple cider. Other white wine options: pinot gris and New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Stay away from sweet moscato or oaky chardonnay wines. The labeling of “apple cider” vs “apple juice” varies from state to state. In this recipe, apple cider refers to unfiltered pressed apples. It is juice that is a bit cloudy and thicker than your regular boxed apple juice. Author: Maryanne Cabrera Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanKeyword: apple sangria, white sangria, apple cider sangria, autumn sangria Did you make this recipe?Show us on Instagram! Tag @littleepicurean and hashtag #littleepicurean.