Apple Cider Sangria

This is the ultimate festive cocktail for thanksgiving dinner and holiday parties! This Apple Cider Sangria pitcher is infused with fresh apples, cinnamon, and herbs to create a fan-favorite, make-ahead cocktail. It is a simple recipe with fresh ingredients that will leave you feeling all the warm fall feelings after the first sip!

What You Need for this Recipe

This blend of ingredients comes together into a beautiful medley of fall flavors. The ingredient list is not at all complicated and you should be able to find them easily in your local grocery store. Trust me when I say, you won’t have to go out of your way to make this!

  • White Wine or Rose : It does not have to be anything fancy, just a standard white wine or rose will act as a good base for this drink. For mine, I used the Hampton Water Rose.
  • Apple Cider : I’m a big fan of apple cider, especially in the fall. Add a spiced sweetness to the sangria and will provide a solid base that you will be able to taste but won’t overpower the drink.
  • Ginger Ale : the subtle ginger flavor really elevates this warm flavor profile!
  • Sliced apples: This is an absolute must for this apple cider sangria recipe. The fruit infuses flavor into the sangria, but my favorite part is eating the boozy apple slices at the end.
  • Cinnamon sticks & Rosemary : These will infuse those subtle earthy flavors to the sangria.
  • Cranberries: Since this is fall/winter drink, I love to throw in the cranberries for the aesthetic. You can totally leave it out if you don’t have them.

How to Make This

Whip up a pitcher of this delicious sangria in a matter of minutes! Follow these simple steps to create this delicious fall drink:

  1. Slice the apples and be sure to leave the peels on! Toss them into a pitcher.
  2. Pour the apple cider, wine, ginger ale, rosemary, cinnamon and cranberries into the pitcher. Cover the pitcher.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to allow the flavors to fuse together. Overnight would be ideal.
  4. Serve over ice and garnish with a few pieces of fruit!

How far ahead of time can you make Sangria?

You can make this festive drink up to two days before it needs to be served, but 24 hours would be ideal! I would be wary of making it more than two days ahead of time, though, because you do not want the apple to go bad inside the drink and ruin all of your hard work.

What type of wine should you use?

You don’t need to buy a super expensive wine that’ll break your purse for this sangria, but you also want to stray away from super cheap wine that will ruin the taste of your well-put-together sangria. Find a good in-between that is inexpensive and maybe has a little bit of a fruity flavor to it. A good trick to picking the right wine is that it should be drinkable on its own. If it’s not, chances are your other ingredients won’t fix the taste and you’ll just end up with an unbearable cocktail.

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Apple Cider Sangria – the perfect thanksgiving cocktail

  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 4 Tall Glasses 1x


This is the ultimate festive cocktail for thanksgiving dinner and holiday parties! This Apple Cider Sangria pitcher is infused with fresh apples, cinnamon, and herbs to create a fan-favorite, make-ahead cocktail. It is a simple recipe with fresh ingredients that will leave you feeling all the warm fall feelings after the first sip!


  • 1 750 ml bottle white wine or rose
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup ginger ale or club soda
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 12 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Rosemary sprig, optional
  • 1/2 cup cranberries, optional just for aesthetic
  • If you want to make it stronger : 1/2 cup brandy


  1. Add all the ingredients to a pitcher and stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (overnight is ideal to get the most infused flavors). I would not recommend anything over 48 hours.1
  2. When serving, make sure to add some of the soaked apples to the glass. The sangria soaked apples are very delicious to snack one.

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Infusing Time: 4 hours
  • Method: Baked

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  1. This recipe was amazing! I absolutely loved it and it’s so fitting for the holiday season. It tastes like thanksgiving and Christmas in a drink. Definitely give it a try!!!

  2. Loved this drink! Will definitely be making this drink again! Perfect for the holidays and super festive!

  3. My roommate Arushi made this to kickstart the holidays and I think I fell in love! This drink tastes amazing and it’s so easy to make, definitely worth a try!

  4. Loved this recipe! Made it for Friendsgiving and everyone loved it. Infused it for 48 hours and it tasted just like apple cider even when I added more Brandy! (dangerously delicious 😋) Super easy to make and looks super pretty! Can’t wait to make it again.

  5. Made this for my thanksgiving potluck, so delicious!

  6. The Apple Cider Sangria caught my attention on Instagram and I knew I had to try this recipe this year for Thanksgiving! The Apple Cider Sangria is amazing! The pairing of ginger with the applie Cider really elevates the drink! This is perfect for the holiday season or a cozy fall/winter night inside. I will definitely make this again and look forward to trying more of Ramya’s recipes!

  7. This recipe was so good, my whole family loved it! I couldn’t get my hands on brandy because the store was sold out but I swapped it for spiced rum and it was delicious.

  8. this Apple Cider Sangria was perfect for Thanksgiving. It was so easy to make and even better because I already had all the ingredients 😁 I will definitely be making this again

  9. Loved this! So simple and easy, but so delicious! Doubled the recipe to make sure we had enough, and it went so quick! Brought it to thanksgiving dinner and everyone loved it! Will definitely make again!

  10. Cressida Lewis says:

    It’s an amazingly tasty drink, so simple to put together and taste just fantastic.

  11. This recipe was an absolute hit! Very delicious and had everyone lit at thanksgiving, will be making this annually!

  12. I used this recipe for Thanksgiving and opted for rosé. It was such a hit! We finished the whole jug and I regretted not making more. My cousins asked for the recipe so she could make it for her family for Christmas. Also this drink is so beautiful it made our beverage table look amazing!!

  13. Made this for our Friendsgiving this year! Everyone kept coming back for more. We topped it off with a splash of Prosecco and it was wonderful!

  14. This recipe was amazing! It isn’t too sweet and as a girl who isn’t big on pumpkin flavors, I loved having an apple flavored fall drink to bring to my friendsgiving. Everyone at the party asked for the recipe. I used the extra ingredients I had to make it AGAIN a week later!

  15. Everyone loved the Apple Cider Sangria receipe!
    All flavors were perfect. We added rum for that extra kick.

  16. So easy to make & so tasty! This was a big hit at Thanksgiving!

  17. Love this recipe! I used a non-alcoholic rosé instead and it turned out delicious. Perfect for the holidays!

    1. eatsbyramya Author says:

      That looks delicious! Glad you enjoyed it Ally!

  18. This tastes like the holidays in a beverage! The flavors go so well together, it is extremely easy to make, and looks beautiful!
    We had this for Christmas and when we finished the Sangria, we kept the fruit in our glasses and topped it off with extra wine, cider, or seltzer too!