Why do tasty and festive adult beverages not exist for Thanksgiving?   Seriously though…what is a holiday without an over the top drink?  At Christmas people really get serious about cocktails.  They even go as far as to plan an entire party around them.  Now don’t get me wrong,  you will definitely find me drinking a glass {or three} of wine with my turkey dinner.  I am talking about a show stopper!  A yummy drink in a cute clear glass with a sugared rim and fruit garnish.  A little bit of spirits…a little bit of fizz…a whole lot of fall flavors.

Cider Sangria Spritzers are my solution to this world problem {or maybe just a June problem}.  I absolutely love the combination of flavors!  I am a HUGE brown sugar fan but was a little scared to use it instead of granulated sugar as the sweetener.  I shouldn’t have been because it was an excellent decision. I think it adds a little something that regular sugar just couldn’t do.  I used a Pinot Grigio wine but you could use whatever white wine you prefer.  I was happy to find that during this time of year the grocery stores carry specialty varieties of apple cider.  The Honey Crisp Cider I used was handcrafted in my home state and was perfect for this drink.





Cider Sangria Spritzer

A Sangria that is all about fall flavors.

Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 3 cinnamon sticks {plus more for garnish}
  • 2 red apples, thinly sliced {I used Honey Crisp}
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 (750ml) bottle while wine {I used Pinot Grigio}
  • 2 cups apple cider {I used Honey Crisp}
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 2 tbsp sugar sprinkles or cinnamon sugar {rim of glass}


  1. Sangria:  Add wine, apple cider, orange juice and brown sugar to a large pitcher and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Add cinnamon sticks, apple slices and orange slices to pitcher.  Stir gently, cover and refrigerate for 6-24 hours.

  2. To serve:  Wet the rim of your glasses with water and then dip it into plate of colored sugar {or a mixture of cinnamon sugar}.  Pour sangria {be sure to add pieces of fruit} to about half full and fill to 3/4 full with lemon lime soda.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Recipe Notes

*Sangria is the perfect make ahead cocktail since it needs to sit for at least 6 hours.