Fall may be the perfect time to get cozy, but you don’t have to limit yourself to hot drinks to embrace the season. A fall-inspired sangria is a great way to feature fall flavors while enjoying sweater weather. Make it non-alcoholic and you have a perfect seasonal mocktail for your next fall fiesta.
Why We Love This Recipe
Fall cocktail recipes are big on seasonal fruit like pears, pomegranates, and honeycrisp apples. Easy recipes that riff on classic sangria embrace those flavors with boozy additions like dry wine, spiced liqueurs, apple brandy, or pear brandy.
You can overindulge on those yummy sips pretty quick, setting yourself up for a morning-after that’s not so fun. We love this recipe because it’s just as delicious as the alcoholic version and perfect for fall gatherings where you’re not sure who’s drinking what.
An autumn sangria featuring fall fruits and flavors is perfect when the leaves start to turn.
How to Make Our Fall-Inspired Sangria
Your new favorite fall cocktail is actually a fall mocktail. This fall-inspired apple cider sangria is a fruity, refreshing way to welcome autumn. Most of your prep time is spent slicing fresh fruit. If you’re hosting a group, this is a great one to batch in a large pitcher.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Serving size: 8 ounces
- 1 bottle Surely Brut
- 1 green apple, thinly sliced
- 1 red apple, thinly sliced
- 1 pear, thinly sliced
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 2 cups apple cider*
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Pinch of cloves
- 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup (to taste)
*For a little extra fizz, add a splash of club soda or use sparkling apple cider. Yes, the same stuff you used to drink as a kid when you were feeling fancy.
- Combine apple, pear, and orange slices, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and cloves in a pitcher.
- Pour apple cider over fruit.
- Cover pitcher with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.
- Before serving, remove ginger.
- Top fruit with Surely Brut.
- Add 1 tablespoon of maple syrup (or more to taste) and stir to combine.
- Serve over ice and garnish with fruit.
Nutrition Information (per serving)
- Calories: 138
- Total Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 32 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Net Carbs: 29 g
- Protein: 0 g
You don’t just get to feel good about skipping the liquors in this one. That fresh fruit garnish gives you a mini-boost of all kinds of vitamins and minerals. Apples alone are a good source of potassium and vitamin C.
Tips & Tricks
Sangria is one of those things that wil still taste fine even if you add too much of one thing over another. That doesn’t mean you should go rogue with each batch, though. Here are a few tips for impressing your guests and yourself with your sangria skills.
- Use quality wine. A classic Spanish sangria features dry red wine like rioja or cabernet sauvignon. Classic white sangrias feature dry wines like pinot grigio. The mocktail version is just as good when you use high-quality Surely wine.
- Use quality fruit. You want apples and pears that are ripe, but not overripe. This isn’t the time to clean out your fridge. Pears in particular can get soft quickly, so choose a firmer variety when you’re squeezing fruit at the grocery store.
- Have fun with flavors. We focused on seasonal fall fruits here, but some sangria rules are meant to be broken. Want more citrus? Add a dash of orange juice. Not a big fan of maple syrup? We’re sorry you feel that way, but simple syrup is a sweet alternative.
- Let the fruit soak. We recommend a chill time of at least an hour, but your sangria will taste even better if you let your fruit soak overnight. That adds to your wait time, but good things come to those who let their fruit soak.
Should you make sangria the day before? You should make sangria the day before if you want to chill it overnight. Anything beyond about 24 hours could result in mushy fruit.
Storing and Serving
Stemless wine glasses or glass tumblers work well for this fall sangria. Serve over ice with fruit and extra cinnamon sticks for a fun garnish. This sangria will keep for 3-5 days if it’s refrigerated in a sealed container, but we recommend removing the fruit if you need to store it for more than a day.
It’s always best fresh, and we bet you won’t have any issues finishing up a batch at your fall party.
Substitutions for Every Occasion
Sangria is one of the most versatile cocktails out there. It’s so easy to jazz up depending on your preferences or party plans. Here are a few fun ideas.
- If you’re hosting a Halloween party, make it spooktacular with blood orange slices or monster eyes made out of grapes or lychee.
- Serve this fall sangria alongside a Thanksgiving feast by adding a sprinkle of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice.
- Along those lines, serve this mocktail with a cinnamon sugar rim and your guests won’t want to leave.
- If you’re hosting a savory dinner party, make this batch mocktail a bit more herbal with sprigs of rosemary as your garnish.
- Transition to winter with pomegranate seeds and cranberries. You’ll want to keep the cinnamon sticks, obviously.
Looking for More Recipes?
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- French 75 Mocktail
- Virgin White Wine Spritzer
- Alcohol-Free Buck’s Fizz
Make it Virgin, Every Time
Fall typically signals the start of the festive and indulgent holiday season. You can have fun and feel good doing it with non-alcoholic versions of your fall favorites. If you love a classic red sangria, sub in our non-alcoholic bubbly red. Need more ideas for your fall fete? Try our Virgin Fall Mimosa with our canned Surely Brut.