Apple Cider Sangria Recipe - perfect for any fall gathering, as it is simple to prepare and can be made in advance || Stylish Spoon 

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve heard this before:  Sangria is the perfect party drink!  You can make it in advance, vary the ingredients for whatever theme you have (like apples for a fall/ harvest dinner party) and it serves a crowd.  If you like hard cider, you will love this sangria.  There’s just enough apple flavor without it being too strong or too sweet.  It makes about 6 servings when served over ice, which was just the right amount for 4 of us.  It isn’t the type of drink you want to sip all night, but it’s a great way to start off.  Double the recipe (or more) for larger crowds.  This is a nice signature cocktail to serve on Halloween or Thanksgiving.

I was able to find an organic hard cider at Fairway (upstairs), but any hard cider will do.  Be sure to serve this cold and over a lot of ice.

Apple Cider Sangria

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 glasses

Apple Cider Sangria


  • 1 apple, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple juice, chilled
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 C. brandy
  • 22 oz. bottle hard apple cider
  • Combine apple through brandy in pitcher up to 3 hours in advance and refrigerate. Just before serving, add cider to pitcher. Serve in tall glass over ice.


Serves 4 (about 6 glasses total)
apple cider sangria recipe


Adapted from Food & Wine, October 2012