Thirsty Thursday: Crisp Autumn Sangria

I’m kind of angry with myself. Normally I don’t go all ga-ga for fall until mid-late October when I finally get out of my major-bummer-summer-is-over funk. But this year, I’m all about fall for some crazy reason. I’ve been making pumpkin everything as of late. So far I’ve managed to hold out on a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbys. I did, however, make my own pumpkin creamer. It’s not that great, not worth sharing.

This sangria though, is toooootally worth sharing.

It’s fruity.




All things that an autumn sangria should be. Sure, I think of drinking sangria on the beach or on a sunny patio, but why can’t fall have sangria too?

Crisp Autumn Sangria


1 apple, cored and chopped
1/2 orange, sliced
1 cup cranberries (I used frozen because my store didn’t have any fresh.)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup Southern Comfort
1/2 cup whiskey of choice
2 cups red wine of choice (or a whole bottle if you’d like)
1 cup apple wine, optional
unsweetened apple cider (the cold juice type) regular apple juice would work too, but I think cider has a more crisp taste
ginger ale, to taste

1. Add apple chunks, orange slices, cranberries & cinnamon sticks to an empty beverage pitcher.
2. Stir in SoCO & whiskey.
3. Place pitcher in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
4. Add red wine. Add apple wine, if desired.
5. Top off pitcher with apple cider, stir.
6. Pour in glass & top off with ginger ale.
7. Enjoy!

Does it feel/look/smell like fall where you live? Temperatures have been up & down here over the last week or two, but it’s suuuuper chilly in the mornings and gets snuggle cold at night too. Hubby says we can’t turn on the furnace until November but I’ve definitely been tempted. The leaves are turning. Today was downright blustery. It was 47 degrees when I left home this morning. Later, it was 70 degrees. And still blustery, with a summer-like lightning storm. Weather is so confused. Especially Wisconsin weather.

9 thoughts on “Thirsty Thursday: Crisp Autumn Sangria

    1. Hi Debbie,
      I just topped off the pitcher with cider. It’s really up to you how much booze/juice you’d like to use. If you want it to be lighter, decrease the booze & increase the juice, or vice versa. 🙂


      1. Thanks so much! I made this for Thanksgiving and loved it. Amazed at how the sangria I typically make in the summer cools and refreshes and this recipe was warming and soothing. We all really enjoyed it. Thanks!


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