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Cran-Apple Sangria

4 hours 10 minutes
8 servings

This Cran-Apple Sangria is a festive twist on the classic Spanish drink. With fresh cranberries, juicy apples, and warm cinnamon infused in red wine and brandy, it's the perfect beverage to celebrate the fall season.

Cran-Apple Sangria
This Cran-Apple Sangria is a festive twist on the classic Spanish drink. With fresh cranberries, juicy apples, and warm cinnamon infused in red wine and brandy, it's the perfect beverage to celebrate the fall season.

If you’re looking for a drink that perfectly captures the essence of fall, look no further! I’ve come up with a delightful recipe for Cran-Apple Sangria that will have you sipping and smiling all season long.

Picture this: crisp apple slices, tart cranberries, and fragrant cinnamon sticks dancing together in a pool of red wine and brandy. Can you taste it yet?

Cran-Apple Sangria

What is Cran-Apple Sangria?

Sangria is a beloved Spanish beverage that has gained popularity worldwide due to its refreshing taste and versatility. Traditionally made with red wine, sangria is often combined with fruits and other flavors to create a deliciously fruity and slightly sweet concoction.

Cran-Apple Sangria is a delightful twist on the classic Spanish drink. It infuses the rich flavors of cranberries and apples into the mix, giving it a tangy and festive touch. The combination of these two fruits creates a magical harmony that is simply irresistible. With every sip, you’ll experience a burst of autumn flavors that will transport you to a cozy fireside gathering.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

Imagine yourself surrounded by friends and family, sharing laughter and stories while indulging in a glass of this delightful cran-apple goodness.

This Sangria recipe is the life of any party, guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face. Its vibrant colors and aromatic scent will create an ambiance that screams celebration.

Trust me, once you try it, you won’t be able to resist its charm!


To make this Cran-Apple Sangria, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries: These ruby jewels not only add a burst of flavor but also provide a pop of color to your Sangria.
  • 1 large apple, diced: Choose a crispy and juicy apple variety like Honeycrisp or Gala to balance the tanginess of the cranberries.
  • 1 cinnamon stick: This fragrant addition will infuse your Sangria with warm, cozy undertones that perfectly complement the fall season.
  • 2 (750ml) bottles red wine: Use a fruity and medium-bodied red wine like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. Don’t break the bank; just opt for something you enjoy drinking on its own.
  • 1 cup brandy: Brandy adds a subtle touch of elegance to this Sangria, enhancing its depth of flavor.
  • 1 cup triple sec or orange liqueur: Triple sec or orange liqueur brings a citrusy punch, brightening up the overall taste.
  • 3 cups apple cider: This quintessential fall beverage adds a touch of sweetness and complements the apple flavor beautifully.
  • 2 cups cranberry juice: Cranberry juice amps up the cranberry essence without overpowering the other flavors.

Substitutions & Additions

Feel free to make this recipe your own by experimenting with different ingredients. Here are some substitutions and additional elements you can consider:

  • Sparkling water: For those who prefer a lighter and bubblier version, swap out a portion of the wine with some sparkling water.
  • Pears: If you’re not a fan of apples or simply want to switch things up, try using diced pears instead. They bring a delightful sweetness to the mix.
  • Maple syrup: Add a drizzle of maple syrup if you desire a touch of extra sweetness.
  • Lemon or lime slices: For a zesty twist, garnish your glass with a slice of lemon or lime.

Equipment Needed for Cran-Apple Sangria

How to Make this Recipe

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, let’s dive into the process of creating this Cran-Apple Sangria masterpiece.

  1. In a large pitcher, add the cranberries, diced apple, and cinnamon stick.
  2. Pour in the red wine, brandy, triple sec, apple cider, and cranberry juice.
  3. Stir everything together gently, making sure all the flavors mingle beautifully.
  4. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to fully develop.
  5. When you’re ready to serve, give the Sangria another gentle stir and pour it into individual glasses.
  6. Don’t forget to scoop some of those delightful fruit pieces into each glass as well.
  7. Serve chilled and enjoy every sip!

Cooking Tips & Tricks

To ensure your Cran-Apple Sangria turns out perfectly every time, here are a few tips and variations:

  • Chill the ingredients: To achieve maximum refreshment, make sure all your beverage ingredients are thoroughly chilled before mixing them together. This will help the flavors meld together beautifully.
  • Get creative with garnishes: Besides the traditional fruit slices, consider adding a sprig of rosemary or a sprinkle of ground cinnamon on top. It’s all about enhancing the visual appeal and flavor experience!
  • Make it alcohol-free: If you prefer a non-alcoholic version, swap the alcohol components for grape juice or sparkling cider. The result will still be incredibly tasty and suitable for all ages.
Cran-Apple Sangria

Serving Suggestions

Cran-Apple Sangria is a fantastic drink choice for any fall gathering or holiday celebration. Here are a few ideas on what to serve with it:

  • Cheese and charcuterie board: The tangy and fruity notes of the sangria pair wonderfully with a variety of cheeses, cured meats, and crispy crackers.
  • Roast turkey or chicken: The rich flavors of the Sangria complement the savory taste of roast poultry, making it an excellent choice for your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast.
  • Spiced desserts: Consider serving this delightful beverage alongside cinnamon apple cake, pumpkin pie, or gingerbread cookies. The combination will transport your taste buds to a dessert wonderland!

Storage Suggestions

If you have any leftovers of this delectable Cran-Apple Sangria, fear not! Here’s how you can store it properly:

  • Pour the remaining Sangria into an airtight container or pitcher.
  • Refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Give it a gentle stir before serving again.

Remember, the flavors may intensify as the Sangria sits, so you might find it even more delicious the next day.

Cran-Apple Sangria

Recipe FAQ

Can I use white wine instead of red wine? Absolutely! While red wine is traditionally used in sangria, feel free to experiment with white wine if that’s what you prefer. It will give your Sangria a lighter and more refreshing taste.

Can I make this ahead of time for a party? Certainly! In fact, making this Sangria ahead of time allows the flavors to meld together beautifully. Just remember to keep it refrigerated until you’re ready to serve.

Can I use frozen cranberries instead of fresh ones? Yes, you can! If fresh cranberries are unavailable, frozen cranberries will work just fine. However, be aware that they may release more juice, slightly altering the texture and flavor of the Sangria.

When it comes to fall-inspired beverages, Cran-Apple Sangria takes the crown. With its vibrant colors, burst of fruity flavors, and warm undertones, this recipe is guaranteed to impress your taste buds and delight your guests.

So, gather your loved ones, raise your glasses, and let the Cran-Apple Sangria take center stage at your next gathering. Cheers to good times and great company!

Cran-Apple Sangria

Cran-Apple Sangria

5 from 3 votes
This Cran-Apple Sangria is a festive twist on the classic Spanish drink. With fresh cranberries, juicy apples, and warm cinnamon infused in red wine and brandy, it's the perfect beverage to celebrate the fall season.
Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigeration 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 large apple diced
  • 1 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 (750ml) bottles red wine
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup triple sec or orange liqueur
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups cranberry juice


  • In a large pitcher, add fresh cranberries, diced apple, and cinnamon stick.
  • Pour red wine, brandy, tripe sec, apple cider, and cranberry juice over top and stir to combine. 
  • Place in refrigerator for 3-4 hours to let flavors combine.
For serving
  • Using a spoon or ladle, scoop out some cranberries and apples and place in wine glass. 
  • Pour sangria over top and garnish with additional cinnamon sticks, if desired.
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