Honeycrisp Apple Sangria


  • 3 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnish)
  • 2 honeycrisp apples, chopped
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle red wine (light-bodied Spanish variety suggested)
  • 1 3/4 cups apple cider, store-bought or homemade
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange juice (or juice from 2 medium oranges)
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Club soda, to taste

Cooking Instructions

Step 1: Place the cinnamon sticks, apples, and orange slices in a large pitcher.  Add wine, apple cider, brandy, orange juice, and lemon juice.  Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 6 – 24 hours.  Taste, if you’d like it to be sweeter, add 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar, honey, or agave.

Step 2: If you’d like a cinnamon-sugar rim (highly recommended), simply moisten the rim of your glasses with water, turn the glass upside down and dip it into a mix of cinnamon and sugar.  Pour in the sangria with fruit and add a splash of club soda (this unsweetened fizz is wonderful with the sangria!).  Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

Make-Ahead Tip: Sangria is the perfect make-ahead cocktail since it must sit for at least 6 hours.  You can also make it one day in advance.

Cheers!  From Sally’s Baking Addiction!