Fall Sipping: Apple Cider Sangria

 Apple Cider Sangria is a refreshing sangria for fall! An easy seasonal cocktail for a crowd, taking advantage of just picked apples, fresh apple cider, and ideal to mix up for tailgating or just because it’s fall!

Carrigan Farms Apple Picking

This sangria is infused with perfect combination of apple and ginger flavors and is refreshing without being overly sweet!


I used a Pinot Grigio for the wine as the base of the sangria, apple cider for the juice, ginger ale as the mixer, and added apple vodka instead of the typical brandy or rum.


I stumbled on Absolut Orient Apple Vodka that has a hint of ginger, with plans for mixing applicious cocktails this fall.

It only takes five minutes to assemble this sangria in a large pitcher or beverage dispenser. You can mix it and serve it right away since the apple flavor is already in the apple vodka and the cider, or mix it several hours in advance if you prefer to infuse the sangria with more apple flavor, or the apples with more sangria :)


I followed this handy Anatomy of Sangria chart, courtesy of Wine Enthusiast Magazine for a quick reference for easy mixing, that I used to mix our Red, White & Blue Sangria for the 4th of July.


The sangria combinations are endless with this chart as a guideline. Pick and choose your mixers, fruit, juice, wine & liquor, adjusting the flavors and quantities to your taste.


Apple Cider Sangria


3 – 4 apples, diced

1 bottle Pinot Grigio, or white wine of choice

1/2 cup Apple Cider

1/2 cup Absolut Orient Apple Vodka

1 can Ginger Ale (I used diet)

Dice apples and add to a large pitcher. Add wine, cider and vodka. Refrigerate until serving, 1 – 2 hours or up to 24.

Just before serving add chilled ginger ale to pitcher and mix well. Fill glasses half full with ice, add sangria and apples.


 I didn’t add any additional sweetener to this sangria with the sugar in the apple cider and used diet ginger ale instead of regular ginger ale. It was refreshing and plenty sweet for us but adjust to your taste and crowd, adding additional sweetener or simple syrup if desired.


Apple Cider Sangria

 Apple Cider Sangria is a refreshing sangria for fall! An easy seasonal cocktail for a crowd, taking advantage of just picked apples, fresh apple cider, and ideal to mix up for tailgating or just because it’s fall! Serves 6 - 8
Prep Time10 mins
chill time 2 hours2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider, apples, Chocolate Vodka, cocktail, easy, fall, mulled wine, pitcher cocktail, sangria, tailgating
Servings: 6


  • 3 - 4 apples diced
  • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio or white wine of choice
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider
  • 1/2 cup Absolut Orient Apple Vodka (or vodka of choice)
  • 1 can Ginger Ale diet or regular


  • Dice apples and add to a large pitcher. Add wine, cider and vodka. Refrigerate until serving, 1 – 2 hours or up to 24.
  • Just before serving add chilled ginger ale to pitcher and mix well. Fill glasses half full with ice, add sangria and apples.


Make sure you eat the apple after you’re done sipping,

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! :)


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  29 comments for “Fall Sipping: Apple Cider Sangria

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    September 24, 2014 at 5:47 am

    A perfect, crisp fall treat Mary! I was excited to see fresh cider back at the stores:@)

  2. September 24, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Your Sangria looks delicious I love how you display things too awesome presentation for guests A!! Hugz Lisa and Bear

  3. September 24, 2014 at 7:34 am

    What a refreshing Fall drink, Mary. Cheers!!

  4. melissa smith
    September 24, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Looks beautiful and delicious. Boy would I like to hang out with you..lol!

  5. September 24, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Going apple picking tomorrow ! Looking forward to making the “apple sangria”! On a cool night around a fire that will be so perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  6. September 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

    An apple a day keeps the Dr away!! Especially if taken with some apple vodka! Please tell me this is a breakfast drink Mary, because I would love to sip on it right now! Looks divine, and I love your handy dandy reference chart!

  7. September 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Love sangria and have made all kinds but never with apple cider. It’s fresh made and available now so……..

  8. Lauri M
    September 24, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Sangria is one of my favorite drinks, and I can’t wait to try this combination of flavors. The apples I bought for apple pie squares might wind up being repurposed for this drink. :) I made your recipe for Red, White & Blue Sangria for a party on the 4th of July and it received many compliments and disappeared immediately. Thanks for sharing. As always, everything is artfully arranged and beautiful !!

  9. franki
    September 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Perfect drink to enjoy while watching these incredible Autumn sunsets!! franki

  10. Melissa Leach
    September 24, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Look at all the entries! I love heavy scented candles too! My favorite is Pumpkin Spice. Thank you and a wonderful day.

  11. Suzanne
    September 24, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I’m definitely making this for a party next weekend. Wonder how caramel vodka would work with this or if it would be too sweet.

    • Nancy
      November 17, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Hey Suzanne, i was wondering if you made the sangria with the caramel vodka and how it turned out!

  12. September 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    You have won my heart with this one, Mary. I was just admiring a set of glasses that I received today from Uncommon Goods, dreaming up all sorts of ideas for their use. This Sangria would be just perfect. I have everything on hand except the vodka, but I’m guessing the Lairds Apple Jack would do nicely.

  13. September 25, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Hi Mary! I cannot even explain how HAPPY your blog makes me feel!! I can be having a bad day and just popping over here…cheers me right up. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely talents with all of us!! Your header photo is just gorgeous!! We do not have the color here in Northern NY that we normally have at this time of year. It is a bit late…we need a few cooler nights! Next week I expect things will start brightening up!! Happy Fall!! Hugs to the girls! xo Jeanne, Chloe and LadyBug

  14. September 25, 2014 at 8:14 am

    That’s a different kind of sangria… I like…

  15. Rattlebridge Farm--Foodie Friday
    September 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    How refreshing and utterly gorgeous.Each photo is magical. Now, please pass the sangria!

  16. bj
    September 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

    O, the photos are so wonderful. You surely know your way around a camera…and your beautiful lake is such a great backdrop….the sangria sounds heavenly.

  17. September 29, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Mary the new picture of the lakeview is just drop dead gorgeous and stunningly beautiful.anything with apples in them is worth eating or in this case drinking.Susie

  18. September 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    We are having guests on Fri. for a week and this will be perfect to make for them! I know I will love it:):) Thanks for the guide too. I am glad I didn’t miss this!!! I was away last week so am catching up:)

  19. September 8, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Sounds delish!

  20. September 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Looks like I’ve found my official fall drink, thank you!

  21. Michelle
    September 16, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Really great idea!
    Thanks for the recipe sounds delicious!

  22. Laura
    September 19, 2017 at 11:14 am

    How many will this recipe serve?

    • September 19, 2017 at 11:55 am

      It depends on how thirsty your guests are :) also the size of your glasses and how much ice you use. It’s about 53 oz of liquid total per recipe.

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