Apple Cider Sangria
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5 from 13 votes

Apple Cider Sangria

Serve this Apple Cider Sangria at your next holiday party! It’s beautiful, and it comes together in no time. Your friends and family will love it.
Prep Time10 mins
Inactive Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider sangria
Servings: 8 - 10 people
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley


  • 4 - 5 cups apple cider, to taste
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle Pinot Grigio (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup brandy (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice, preferably fresh squeezed (1-2 medium oranges)
  • 2 cups diced apples, 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 cups diced pears, 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 cups orange segments (optional; see notes)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 - 2 cups frozen cranberries (see notes)
  • Optional: cinnamon sticks for garnishing glasses


  • In a large pitcher, combine 4 cups of apple cider along with the Pinot Grigio, brandy, orange juice, apples, pears, orange segments (if using), and cinnamon sticks. Taste; add the remaining cup of apple cider if you want a more prominent cider flavor.
  • Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours before serving to give the flavors a chance to mingle. (I recommend at least 4 hours, if possible).
  • Before serving, add the frozen cranberries to the pitcher (start with 1 cup; add more if desired). Garnish glasses with cinnamon sticks, if using.


A citrusy Sauvignon Blanc is a good substitute for Pinot Grigio.
Regular brandy works fine here, but if you want to be fancy you can use an apple brandy like Calvados. There are so many flavors in this drink that it might get lost, though, so I wouldn’t buy a bottle just for this recipe.
I like using frozen cranberries in place of ice, so you can either purchase them from the frozen aisle of your grocery store, or purchase them fresh and freeze before serve (or use them in addition to regular ice cubes)
I ultimately didn't use the orange segments because there was already enough fruit, but they would be delicious. If you use them, I recommend reducing the fruit to 1 1/2 cups each of apples, pears and orange segments. This will prevent the fruit from overwhelming the liquid.


Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.3mg