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three sangria glasses with apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, and pomegranate with cinnamon sugar rim

Apple Cider Sangria

This Fall sangria with apple cider, bourbon, apples, oranges, pomegranate, bourbon, & cinnamon makes the perfect refreshing cocktail!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 cocktails


Apple Cider Sangria

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 375 ml white wine ½ bottle white wine
  • 1.5 ounces bourbon
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 Cosmic Crisp Apple sliced
  • 4 orange slices
  • 1 cinnamon stick extra as cocktail garnish
  • 1 cup sparkling water ¼ cup per cocktail
  • ice cubes for serving cocktail

Cinnamon Sugar Rim

  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 orange wedge


  • Add the apple cider, white wine, bourbon, and maple syrup to a large pitcher and whisk together to combine.
  • Then, add the pomegranate, apple slices, orange slices, and cinnamon stick to the pitcher. Stir together until well mixed.
  • Cover the pitcher with a lid or plastic wrap and let soak in the fridge for 1-3 hours or up to 24 hours. This step infuses the fruit and adds a lot of flavor to the cocktail, so don't skip it.
  • Right before serving add the cinnamon sugar rim to each cocktail glass.
  •  First, add the sugar and cinnamon to a shallow bowl and mix them together. Then, take the orange wedge and run it along the rim of each cocktail glass to moisten. Dunk the cocktail glass rim into the bowl of cinnamon sugar and swirl it around until coated. Set aside for at least 2 minutes so the rim has time to harden.
  • Add ice to each cocktail glass and take the sangria mix out of the fridge. Then, pour it into each cocktail glass. If some of the fruit gets stuck in the pitcher, just scoop it into each glass.
  • Top each cocktail off with ¼ cup of sparkling water, then stir to combine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or dried orange slices & serve!


  • While I recommend soaking the sangria for 1-3 hours, you can soak the fruit in the alcohol for 24 hours before serving. Just make sure to cover the pitcher so everything stays fresh.
  • Please note: If you don't want the cocktail to have a strong cinnamon flavor, just make sure to only add the cinnamon stick for 1-3 hours of the total soaking time.
  • If no sparkling water has been added, the sangria mix can be stored in a closed container or closed pitcher in the fridge for about 24-48 hours. After that, I find the wine doesn't taste as good. Just make sure only to add the sparkling water and ice RIGHT before serving for the best flavor.
  • To double this recipe just double all the ingredients and make sure you have a pitcher large enough. 


Serving: 1cocktail (with fruit & cinnamon sugar rim) | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
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