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!
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.
You can find a printable recipe, here.
Make sure you eat the apple after you’re done sipping,
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! :)