This Make-Ahead Cinnamon Apple and Pear Sangria recipe is the perfect holiday cocktail. All the wonderful flavors of fall marry together in this fall drink and leave you begging for more.
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In exactly one week from today, we will all be overindulging in turkey, ham, and all the fixings. Let the countdown to Thanksgiving begin. I truly can’t wait!
I spent about an hour this morning figuring out this year’s Thanksgiving menu with my mom. We’re normally more on top of things when it comes to the holidays but I think time just got away from us. It’s so odd to me…the year where we’ve had more time than ever to ourselves seems to be flying by faster than any other year thus far in my life. Are you with me on that?
I’m relieved to have at least the menu out of the way but now I need to wrap my brain around grocery shopping and prepping what I can ahead of time for the big feast! There’s a ton to do and only a week left to do it in. I’m starting to feel the pressure!
On the plus side, it’s only going to be my small family of three plus my mom and stepdad this year for Thanksgiving which reduces the stress level by a million. If something is a total bust we’ll just laugh it off and work around it. Although I’m hoping and praying everything goes off without a hitch…
Although my mom and stepdad aren’t huge drinkers, I decided to come up with a fun Thanksgiving cocktail recipe to serve anyway. Patrick and I will definitely enjoy it, and after sharing the idea with my mom, she actually said she’d give it a try. That’s a win in my book!
This Cinnamon Apple and Pear Sangria is the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail to serve for three main reasons:
- It has all the flavors of fall in one cocktail. Apples, pears, and cinnamon take this Thanksgiving sangria to the next level.
- It tastes better the longer it sits. This is awesome because you have an excuse to make this fall sangria recipe the night before which leaves you one less thing to worry about on actual Turkey Day.
- All the ingredients get put in one container…dump and go. Easy peasy apple and pear squeeze!
If I haven’t sold you on why you should try this fall sangria recipe yet, I must be doing something wrong! It really is so easy and actually pretty versatile too.
For the wine: I used a Pinot Grigio but feel free to substitute a Chardonnay, Riesling, Moscato, or even a Sauvignon Blanc instead. The type of white wine you choose will be determined by how sweet you want your sangria to be. The Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay are on the drier side while the Moscato and Riesling are much sweeter.
For me, the apple sangria has the perfect amount of sweetness when using a drier white wine. However, if you’re wanting something ultra sweet I would recommend the Moscato or a sweet Riesling instead.
The Liquor: I’ve recently found a new love for the Crown Royal flavored whiskeys! For someone who isn’t normally a whiskey drinker, these two flavors take your cocktails to the next level. I used the vanilla variety for my Spiked Root Beer Floats and most recently the apple whiskey for my Apple Pie Pudding Shots.
I decided to use the apple whiskey in this sangria, but feel free to swap it out for apple vodka or even Fireball whiskey for a cinnamon kick! If you like Fireball, my Spiked Apple Cider or Cinnamon Roll Cocktail are both great choices for fall drink recipes too.
The sparkling water: How lucky was I to find apple sparkling water while at the grocery store yesterday. Pretty lucky, I know! If you can’t seem to find the apple-variety of sparkling water, you can use Sprite, 7-Up, or even club soda in place of it!
The apples: I went with two honey crisp apples and one granny smith. I also opted to cut my apples up into slices. What type of apples you use and whether you decide to chop them up or cut them into slices is completely up to you!
The moral of the story: This sangria recipe is beyond customizable to whatever your little heart desires. Use my recipe as a guide and make it into your own masterpiece.
Cinnamon Apple and Pear Sangria
1 750 ml bottle white wine (I used Pinot Grigio), 2 1/2 cups Apple cider, 1/2 cup Apple whiskey (Fireball whiskey or Apple vodka would work too!), 1 cup sparkling water or soda (I found Apple sparkling water but Sprite, 7-Up, or club soda would also work!), 3 apples sliced or chopped (I used 2 honey crisp apples and 1 Granny Smith), 3 pears sliced or chopped, 2 – 3 cinnamon sticks (You can also sprinkle in 1 tsp of cinnamon for additional cinnamon flavor)
Combine all the ingredients except the sparkling water/soda in a bowl or container. Give it a stir and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Overnight is definitely better!! Right before serving, place your sangria in a nice punch bowl or pitcher and add 1 cup of sparkling water or soda. When serving, spoon some fruit into the bottom of the glasses and fill with the liquid. Feel free to add a cinnamon stick for garnish or sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on top.
Cinnamon Apple and Pear Sangria is definitely the drink you need for your Thanksgiving dinner. Do yourself a favor and add these items to your grocery list ASAP. This fall cocktail recipe is a complete show stopper!
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- 1 750 ml bottle white wine (I used Pinot Grigio), 2 1/2 cups Apple cider, 1/2 cup Apple whiskey (Fireball whiskey or Apple vodka would work too!), 1 cup sparkling water or soda (I found Apple sparkling water but Sprite, 7-Up, or club soda would also work!), 3 apples sliced or chopped (I used 2 honey crisp apples and 1 Granny Smith), 3 pears sliced or chopped, 2 - 3 cinnamon sticks (You can also sprinkle in 1 tsp of cinnamon for additional cinnamon flavor)
- Combine all the ingredients except the sparkling water/soda in a bowl or container. Give it a stir and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour. Overnight is definitely better!!
- Right before serving, place your sangria in a nice punch bowl or pitcher and add 1 cup of sparkling water or soda.
- When serving, spoon some fruit into the bottom of the glasses and fill with the liquid.
- Feel free to add a cinnamon stick for garnish or sprinkle a little extra cinnamon on top.
See post for substitutions!
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