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Spiced Orange Apple Cider Sangria

This Spiced Orange Apple Cider Sangria is an easy, warming, yet refreshing white sangria - filled with apple cider, orange liqueur, an orange-spiced simple syrup, honeycrisp apples, navel oranges, and cinnamon sticks! It's a fantastic fall cocktail for entertaining, and it can be made ahead of time too!

Course Beverage, Cocktail, Drink
Keyword apple cider cocktail, apple cider sangria, apple sangria, fall sangria, fall sangria recipe, fall sangria with apple cider, pitcher sangria recipe, spiced sangria, white sangria, white wine sangria with apples
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Molly | Spices in My DNA

Ingredients

For the sangria

  • 1 bottle white wine*
  • 2 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1/3 cup Grand Marnier*
  • 3/4 cup orange spiced simple syrup (you will have leftovers!)*
  • 1 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 navel orange, thinly sliced
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, plus extra for garnish

For the orange spiced simple syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 2-3 inch piece orange peel (avoid the white pith as much as possible!)

Instructions

sangria

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the white wine, apple cider, Grand Marnier, 3/4 cup of the orange spiced simple syrup (start with 1/2 cup if you like things less sweet!), apple slices, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks. Stir to combine. Chill in the fridge for 2-4 hours or until ready to serve, or serve immediately over crushed ice. Garnish with additional apple slices and cinnamon sticks if desired!

orange spiced simple syrup

  1. Begin by making the simple syrup. Add water, sugar, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, and star anise to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir, and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Once completely cooled, remove the orange peel, star anise, and cinnamon sticks.

Recipe Notes

*I like to use a drier, lighter, and more citrusy white wine for this recipe. I've used albariƱo, pinot grigio, and sauvignon blanc with great results. Be sure to use something you love to drink on its own!
*I swear by using Grand Marnier in my cocktail and margarita recipes, but you could totally use Cointreau or Triple Sec or whatever you have.
*This makes extra simple syrup. I like the balance and flavor that using 3/4 cup has in this recipe, but if you like things less sweet, start with 1/2 cup! And if you like your drinks super sweet, add more to suit your tastes! Extra simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks! Add it to cocktails, coffee, desserts, and whatever your heart desires!