Apple Sangria Recipe for your Fall Parties

You’ll love my spiced apple sangria recipe with fall flavors like cinnamon schnapps, and apple whiskey. This adult punch makes a delicious autumn cocktail for parties and entertaining. Serve it for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, too.

spiced apple sangria

Add this punch recipe to an appetizers & sangria party and get ready for rave reviews from guests!

The flavors are just right for fall and holidays, plus you make this the night before so the flavors have time to fully develop. That way you can just put it in a punch bowl or pitcher the next day when you’re ready to serve.

You might not typically think of sangria for the holidays. Usually you think of something like a hot toddy, mulled wine, or a party punch recipe, if you’re serving a crowd. But Thanksgiving is the perfect time to mix up this recipe and create a new tradition.

I love having a festive punch available for guests to sip on throughout the day. While it’s always a good idea to open a bottle (or 5) of wine, it’s an even better idea to mix it into an apple sangria recipe!

sangria recipe for Christmas or Thanksgiving

Red apple sangria for parties

My recipe combines a light red wine with the seasonal flavors of apple and cinnamon. It just doesn’t get much better than this!

PARTY TIP: Don’t have a punch bowl? Any large vessel will do. Think soup tureen, large mixing bowl, large cylinder vase, or apothecary jar.

For a pretty punch bowl presentation, add a couple of apple slices with cloves pressed into them. I used Red Delicious apples for this because they’re so large and firm, and hold up well.

Sliced oranges and lemons complete the fruit garnish. 

spice sangria holiday punch

How to make sangria

Mix this up the night before so the flavors have time to blend, and then add the sparkling juice just before serving to give it the fizz that everyone loves.

  1. Start with red wine. Pinot Noir is our choice for this recipe because it’s light and smooth.
  2. You’ll need a couple of bottles of non-alcohol Sparkling Apple Juice. You will only use 1 1/2 bottles in the recipe. Save the other half for the kids.
  3. This recipe calls for apple flavored whiskey. We use Jim Beam Apple, and if you’ve never tried it you’re in for a treat.
  4. Cinnamon schnapps gives this the spicy holiday flavor you need for Thanksgiving and Christmas punch. I love to use Goldschlager or Dekuyper brands.
  5. Slice one or two each of apples, oranges, and lemons. Add them to the sangria before chilling so they can soak up the punch.
  6. Make sure to mix all the liquids together EXCEPT the sparkling juice and chill over night. This way the alcohol mellows and all the flavors combine to become one.
  7. Just before the party begins add the mixture to a punch bowl or pitcher and add the chilled sparkling juice.

PARTY TIP: Insert some cloves into the fruit slices for a pretty garnish. Add cinnamon sticks to the punch bowl if you like.

Thanksgiving sangria punch

More fall party recipes

This red wine sangria is hard to beat for fall celebrations but here are some delicious recipes that are perfect for fall entertaining. They each have those warming spicy flavors of fall.

  • Delicious spiced sangria will give this recipe a run for the money. It’s got spiced rum and other flavors that are festive and party perfect.
  • Try this spiced apple pie cocktail made with vanilla vodka and cinnamon.
  • Add sweet & spiced pecans to the bar for guests to nibble on with their cocktail. They’ve got cinnamon and brown sugar with just a hint of cayenne pepper. 
  • Our apple pie cocktail brings dessert to liquid form and incorporates spiced rum and cinnamon schnapps.

I shared this apple sangria recipe with Evite for a special “pass the giving” guide for the holiday. We created some fun new twists on old traditions, including décor, recipes, and more.

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Apple Sangria Recipe for Fall

Yield: about 15

Apple sangria for fall starts with red wine and gets a flavor boost with apple juice, apple whiskey and cinnamon schnapps. Make this party recipe for adult gatherings and entertaining.


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) Pinot Noir, chilled
  • 1 and 1/2 bottles (750 ml) Sparkling Apple Juice, chilled
  • 3/4 cup apple flavored whiskey {Jim Beam Apple}
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon schnapps {Goldschlager}
  • Sliced orange, lemon, and apple


  1. Combine wine, whiskey, schnapps, and fruit in a container and refrigerate over night.
  2. When ready to serve, pour mixture into a punch bowl and add chilled sparkling juice.

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