Sparkly Apple Cider Sangria

Sparkly Apple Cider Sangria

For a few months every year, I put apples in everything. Everything! Including cocktails – like this Sparkly Apple Cider Sangria.

Sparkly Apple Cider Sangria
Sparkly Apple Cider Sangria

Just a short drive from us here in Charlotte are endless apple orchards. Once you eat local apples, you might never be able to eat apples from a grocery store again. Our local apples store really well in a cool, dark place so I get as many as I can get my hands on until the orchards run out. Thankfully, I am still flush with NC apples, so kids are getting them in their lunch boxes and after school, most desserts involve apples and, of course, why not include apples in our party cocktails?

Bushels of North Carolina Apples
Bushels of North Carolina Apples

This super simple sparkly apple cider sangria takes just a few ingredients – white wine plus apples and apple cider are the dominant flavors but chopped oranges, cinnamon sticks, vodka, and bourbon round out this delicious party drink.

You want to make this! To make it sparkly, add fizzy seltzer water or club soda before you serve it.

Sparkly Apple Cider Sangria

This sparkly apple cider is a great addition to any party!
Course Cocktails
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Erin Brighton


  • 1 bottle white wine (pinot grigio is good but I use just about anything I have on hand)
  • 3 - 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 apple , chopped
  • 1 orange , chopped
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 liter seltzer water or club soda


  1. Combine everything except club soda in a large pitcher or punch bowl and set aside to chill for at least an hour to two. The longer the better! Add club soda right before serving. Serve over ice. Enjoy!

Edited: Oops! Margaritas on the brain! I accidentally wrote tequila instead of vodka! I used Tito’s Vodka. Delicious. 

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

15 thoughts on “Sparkly Apple Cider Sangria”

  1. Kaitie Creator of Fuchisa Freezer

    This looks amazing! It’s like a fresh summer sangria meets a warm fall flavour! Love the combo!

    1. Thanks, Marye! I don’t know why I was so focused on sangria in the summer! This is such a nice winter party drink.

    1. Thanks, Kathy! My husband has been on a bourbon kick. 😉 I prefer it mixed in – not quite up to drinking it straight!!

  2. Perfect timing! Our landlords just brought us a crate of apples. So nice of them, but it’s just my husband and I at home. Your recipe sounds like the best way to make the most of this gift

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