Crisp apples, pears, cinnamon sticks, and maple syrup gives this white wine sangria the best fall flavor! This fall version of white wine sangria will be a great addition to your holiday party or fall gathering.
Fall White Wine Sangria
This fall harvest sangria is full of the warm flavors of autumn! This easy fall sangria recipe has sweet fresh apples, pears, and orange soaked in white wine and gin. It will be your favorite fall cocktail!
If you love sangria, you might like my traditional Red Wine Sangria Recipe, Rosé Sangria, or my Sangria Margarita! For other big batch cocktails, try my Apple Cider Kombucha Cocktail or Watermelon Blueberry Vodka Punch.
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Why this recipe works
- Fall flavors - With sweet apples, cinnamon, and maple syrup, this white sangria is full of fall flavors! Seasonal fall fruits make it a great addition to your fall holiday party.
- It’s easy - Just chop up your fruit and mix all the ingredients together!
- Fun ingredient - Apple kombucha isn’t a typical sangria ingredient, but it adds an interesting flavor and gives this sangria extra apple flavor.
- Gluten free
- Dairy free
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
I recommend chardonnay for this white wine sangria, however you can substitute for your favorite white wine too. I suggest a dry white wine like a sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.
Choose a bottle that is in mid range, anywhere from $15-20. You don’t want a wine that’s too cheap as you will be drinking it. However, you definitely don’t need to dish out too much cash!
Instead of the traditional brandy, I use gin in this fall sangria recipe. Gin adds a light botanical flavor that compliments the citrus and fall flavors in this white sangria.
To take this fall sangria recipe to the next level, use apple kombucha. It’s tart, lightly sweetened and a little bubbly. It’s a delicious way to add a lot of fall apple flavor! Substitute for a splash of club soda for a lighter tasting sangria. Substitute for ginger ale or ginger beer for a sweeter sangria.
To make this fall sangria, you need fresh fall seasonal fruit! Red apples like Honeycrisp apples will add a sweeter flavor. If you want to substitute for green apples, try Granny Smith apples which will be more tart. Use pears of any kind. The most popular are green Anjou, Bosc or Bartlett - all which would be a delicious option! Lastly, one sliced orange takes this white wine sangria to the next level with a little bit of fresh citrus.
Herbs and spices
Cinnamon sticks are perfect for infusing that apple cinnamon fall flavor to this sangria. You can substitute whole cinnamon sticks with about ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the sangria. Adding in fresh thyme is optional, but adds a nice herbaceous note to this sangria. You can also use a few sprigs of fresh rosemary instead.
Wondering what else to do with those cinnamon sticks? Try this creamy and sweet cinnamon Vegan Horchata.
Best White Wine for Sangria
The Type of Wine
Choose a dryer white wine, as it balances out best with the sweetness of the fruits. Typically the best dry white wines for a white wine sangria would be: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. If you normally prefer wines on the sweeter side, I suggest a Moscato or dry riesling.
The Price of Wine
Choose a bottle that is in mid-price range, I recommend anywhere from $10-20, unless you have a bottle for cheaper that you know you love. You don’t want a wine that’s too cheap as you will be drinking it. However, you definitely don’t need a very expensive bottle of wine.
How to make fall sangria
Wash then chop all fresh fruit into bite sized pieces.
Add fruit to a pitcher, and top with maple syrup, gin, kombucha and wine.
Make sure to refrigerate the pitcher for at least 2 hours for the best flavor!
Pour into a glass with ice and top with a fresh cinnamon stick and a sprig of thyme.
Sparkling: To make this a sparkling sangria, use sparkling wine like a prosecco, or top off the sangria with sparkling apple cider!
Seasonal: To make this autumn sangria even more in season, try adding other seasonal fruits like pomegranate arils or cranberries. You can also add a cinnamon sugar rim. Garnish with a few star anise for a pretty presentation.
Super Apple-y: For a super autumn apple sangria, try substituting apple brandy or apple-flavored vodka for the gin! You can even add some fresh apple cider to the pitcher.
Less alcohol: To lighten this fall sangria up, fill the individual glasses halfway with the sangria and then top off with sparkling apple cider, tonic water, or club soda.
Use Ripe Fruit
It’s best to use crisp apples, and ripe fruit. When the fruit is ripe, it is sweet, and has a better texture that won’t become soggy after soaking.
Cube the Fruit
While most people like to slice their fruit for sangria in rounds, this is much harder to eat. The best way to cut fruit for sangria is to cube it, which makes it easier to pour from the pitcher and makes it easier for guests to enjoy.
All sangrias, whether with white wine, red wine or rosé wine, need to rest for at least 30 minutes before serving. This gives the flavors time to meld together. Don’t rush the process!
Store leftover sangria in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Do not freeze.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of white wine is best for sangria?
When it comes to choosing the right white wine for sangria, it really comes down to what you would normally drink. I would highly recommend a drier, more acidic and crisp wine like a Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc.
However, if you normally lean to sweeter wines, you can absolutely substitute with that. Be mindful of the sweetener added in this white wine sangria recipe, as it may take a sweeter wine over the top.
How far in advance can you make sangria?
For the best flavor, you can make sangria a day ahead of time. This will give the fruit plenty of time to soak up the wine and gin and further flavor the sangria.
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Fall White Wine Sangria Recipe
- 750 ML Chardonnay (one standard bottle)
- 1 cup gin
- 1 cup apple kombucha
- 1 orange diced; washed thoroughly
- 1 pear diced; washed thoroughly
- 1 red apples diced; washed thoroughly
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 6 sprigs thyme optional for garnish
- Prep all fruits.
- Add all diced fruits to a large pitcher.
- Add the maple syrup, gin, kombucha and wine.
- Place the pitcher into the fridge and let all of the flavors mix for at least 2 hours.
- Pour into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a fresh cinnamon stick and a sprig of thyme.
- Store leftover sangria in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.