Apple Cider Sangria is a refreshing, light, cozy cocktail filled with fall flavors.
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Apple Cider Sangria is filled with the classic fall flavors of apple cider, cinnamon, and caramel combined with fresh fruit and wine.

a glass of caramel apple sangria with a cinnamon sugar rim and apples floating on top with 3 caramels on top.

Caramel Apple Sangria

Our easy Apple Cider Sangria recipe is a delightful and refreshing cocktail that combines the crispness of apple cider and the lightness of Pinot Grigio with the sweetness of caramel syrup.

With the same flavors as our Apple Cider Doughnut Cake and our Apple Cider Martini, and just a few ingredients and 10 minutes total time. You will be sipping on an apple caramel sangria cocktail that tastes like you’ve poured a slice of apple pie from a pitcher.

Bursting with sweet fruity flavors and warm cinnamon spice, there’s nothing better than transforming a traditional summer staple into an apple sangria caramel cocktail for fall.

Why We Love Apple Cider Sangria

  • Quick and easy to make in minutes.
  • Uses a handful of simple ingredients.
  • Delicious sweet drink that tastes like dessert!
  • An apple pie sangria to be sipped instead of sliced.
  • Tastes like the carnival snack on a stick, but better because it’s boozy!
  • Sangria caramel apple cocktails are perfect for cozy nighttime gatherings, seasonal parties, or serving as sunny afternoon treats.
caramel apple sangria ingredients including pinot grigio, apple cider, carmel syrup, sliced apples and pears and cinnamon sticks.

Caramel Apple Sangria Ingredients

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Whole cinnamon sticks
  • Apple cider: I prefer fresh apple cider, but any store-bought apple cider will work well. Use apple cider, not apple juice, for the perfect fall flavor profile. You can also try our Homemade Apple Cider.
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Caramel syrup: I used Torani brand but feel free to use your favorite.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Garnish Your Glass: Garnish your glass with an apple slice, cinnamon stick, star anise, caramels on a skewer, or raw sugar along the rim. For an added garnish, you can drizzle or swirl caramel sauce  (sundae topping- not the Torani syrup) around the inside of the glass before pouring the sangria in.
  • Pick Your Produce: Use your favorite apple and pear variety. Choose crisp, sweet apple varieties like Honeycrisp, Fuji, or Gala. For the pears, options like Bartlett or Anjou work well. You can also mix and match different apple and pear varieties. 
  • Sip Something Stronger: If you want something stronger, add a cup of vodka or caramel vodka to the sangria mixture.
  • Make A Bubbly Beverage: Top off each glass with a splash of sparkling water for a sparkling apple cider variation.
caramel apple sangria in a glass pitcher with pears and apples floating on top.

How to Make Caramel Apple Sangria

  1. Stir Your Sangria: In a large pitcher, stir together all of the ingredients. (Image 1)
  2. Serve: Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours and up to 24 hours before serving. (Image 2)

Tips For Making Caramel Apple Sangria

  • You will find your ‘sweet spot’ (pun intended) of chill time with experience. The longer your sangria sits, the more the fruit releases its fresh flavor into the drink, giving you the perfect balance of tastes. I like about 6-8 hours. 
  • To make a sugar rim, moisten the edge of the glass with a cut apple slice, or even the caramel syrup. Then pour some turbinado sugar onto a small plate and dip the top of the glass in it, making sure it is all immersed in the sugar. 
close up picture of caramel apple sangria with sliced apples in a glass with pears and apples and 3 pieces of caramel candy.

How to Store Caramel Apple Sangria

  • To Store: If you have leftover sangria, you can store the pitcher in the fridge for up to 2 days.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of apple cider works best for caramel apple sangria? 

Any good quality, preferably unfiltered, apple cider works well for this sangria. I love to buy fresh apple cider at the apple orchard.

Can I use a different type of wine instead of Pinot Grigio? 

Pinot Grigio’s light and crisp profile pairs well with the apple and caramel flavors. However, Sauvignon Blanc also works well. If you like an even sweeter sangria, you can use a Moscato or a Riesling. 

caramel apple sangria in a glass on a piece of burlap.

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5 from 2 votes

Apple Cider Sangria

Serves — 4
Apple Cider Sangria is a refreshing, light, cozy cocktail filled with fall flavors.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 apple sliced
  • 1 pear sliced
  • 2-3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • cups apple cider chilled
  • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio chilled
  • ¼ cup caramel syrup I used Torani
  • Optional garnishes: sliced apple, cinnamon stick, star anise, caramels, raw sugar for rimming the glass

Instructions
 

  • In a large pitcher, add apples, pears, cinnamon sticks, apple cider, wine, and caramel syrup. Stir with a long wooden spoon.
    1 apple, 1 pear, 2-3 whole cinnamon sticks, 2½ cups apple cider, 1 bottle Pinot Grigio, ¼ cup caramel syrup
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours and up to 24 hours before serving.
    Optional garnishes: sliced apple, cinnamon stick, star anise, caramels, raw sugar for rimming the glass

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: If you have leftover sangria, you can store the pitcher in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Tips:
  • You will find your ‘sweet spot’ (pun intended) of chill time with experience. The longer your sangria sits, the more the fruit releases its fresh flavor into the drink giving you the perfect balance of tastes. Personally, I like about 6-8 hours.
  • To make a sugar rim, moisten the edge of the glass with a cut apple slice, or even the caramel syrup. Then pour some turbinado sugar onto a small plate and dip the top of the glass in it, making sure it is all immersed in the sugar.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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