There are few things that are more of a crowd-pleaser than a batch of sweet and fruity sangria! Add in a boost of pumpkin spice flavor, and you’ve got a fall cocktail that folks will cheer for at your Thanksgiving dinner, Friendsgiving dinner, or pumpkin carving party.
I’ve quadrupled this sangria to serve at our big family Thanksgiving dinner a few years in a row, and it’s always empty by the time the leftover turkey is packed away. Let’s show you how to make this fan favorite!
What is sangria made of?
Sangria is wine that is infused with fruit. Traditionally, that means apples, oranges, and pears, but any fruit that sounds good will work! For this fall sangria, we used apples and pears.
What are the best apples for fall sangria?
Any apples will do in this sangria. No need to look for specific varieties like you would with baking!
What’s the best sangria wine?
Typically, sangria is made with red wine. But for this fall sangria, we are using a dry or semi-dry white wine to let the pumpkin pie flavors shine through.
If you want a sangria that uses rosé, try our Apple Autumn Rosé Sangria!
What’s in this fall sangria?
We’ve added some seasonal ingredients to make this into a cocktail that is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or other fall celebrations. You’ll need:
- Pumpkin spice syrup
- Apple cider
- Wine (of course)
- Spiced rum
- Cinnamon sticks and star anise pods for garnish
The star of this drink is our super versatile pumpkin spice syrup! You’ll want to keep this homemade syrup stashed in your fridge all autumn long for use on pancakes, in coffee, and in cocktails like sangria!
How long do I need to let it steep?
Once you’ve mixed everything together, you’ll want to let the sangria chill for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors mingle. If you can make it at least two hours in advance, that’s even better!
How long is sangria good for in the fridge?
All together, you’ll want to drink this fall sangria within a day. If you need it to last a bit longer, you can strain out the fruit, and the sangria itself will be fine in the fridge for up to a week.
What’s the best container for sangria?
My favorite container for serving sangria is a glass drink dispenser. You can see the beautiful sangria, and the spigot filters out all the fruit and spices when it’s time to drink. If you don’t have one of those kicking around, a punch bowl and ladle or a pitcher both work just fine.