Super easy to make with great fall flavors, this delicious caramel apple sangria will be a huge hit at your next holiday gathering!
Sweater weather has arrived here in the Virginia countryside, which means we are off to one of the local farms for a fall festival and we're enjoying apple flavors in abundance!
Speaking of, If you're looking for a fantastic fall party drink, I've got the recipe for you today! This caramel apple pie sangria is a delicious fall cocktail recipe that is perfect to serve at thanksgiving dinner or even a halloween party.
My husband took a sip and said, "This tastes exactly like caramel apples." I take that as a total win, because it really does give us autumn harvest vibes with warm cinnamon and clove, caramel vodka, and yummy apple cider. So delish!
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Caramel Vodka - This is what gives us that caramel apple flavor, instead of just tasting the apple cider on its own. I used Kissed Caramel Vodka by Smirnoff.
Cinnamon Sticks - You can find these at the grocery store sometimes, but if you can't, these are the ones I use that I find online.
Fresh Apple Cider - This gives us way more fall vibes and a stronger, more 'real' apple flavor than regular apple juice.
Fresh Apples - The sangria marinates with fresh apple slices and some pears. Use granny smith apple for a tart flavor that'll hold up in texture.
Club Soda - Y'all know I love a bit of fizz in my cocktails, and club soda does that without messing with the flavor. You can also use ginger ale or ginger beer.
A bottle of White Wine - I love a sweet wine, but a good dry white wine also works incredibly well here!
Caramel Sauce - Use store bought for ease, or make it yourself. I used some I had leftover from making peach cobbler pound cake recently.
Stir all the ingredients together in your pitcher, except the caramel sauce and club soda.
Let the sangria marinate overnight. When you're ready to serve, add in the bubbly soda.
Serve with glasses rimmed with caramel sauce and a little sanding sugar for extra pizzazz!
Pro Tips for the Best Apple Pie Sangria
If you can't find Kissed Caramel vodka, there are many brands that sell caramel flavored vodka at the liquor store.
If you like the flavor star anise adds, use it! Just remember it will get stronger as it sits in the sangria.
In the fall you have a ton of delicious options for fresh fruit to soak in your caramel apple sangria. Use pomegranate arils, blood orange slices, cranberries, persimmons, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on your tastes, a sweet white wine like moscato or a dry pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc works perfectly.
Sangria can be marinated for at least 2-4 hours, but it's best to marinate overnight.
For the best flavor, drink your caramel apple sangria within three days.
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Caramel Apple Sangria
- 1 750 mL bottle white wine
- 48 ounces apple cider
- 1 cup Kissed Caramel vodka
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- Thin slices of apples
- Club Soda for topping in pitcher
- Caramel Syrup for garnish
- Sanding Sugar for garnish
- In a large pitcher, pour in the bottle of white wine, apple cider, and caramel vodka.
- Add the cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and apple slices and give the mixture a good stir. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours to overnight.
- When ready to serve, top the sangria off with club soda, if using.
- Dip the rims of your chosen glasses in a shallow dish with the caramel sauce, then dip the caramel-coated rims in a shallow dish filled with sanding sugar.
- Enjoy cold!