Honeycrisp Apple Sangria

A sweet fall honeycrisp apple sangria that combines fresh picked apples, honey, cinnamon and white wine. A beautiful cinnamon sugar rim tops it off.

A sweet fall honeycrisp apple sangria that combines fresh picked apples, honey, cinnamon and white wine. A beautiful cinnamon sugar rim tops it off.

I have often associated sangria with summer. There is just something about that fruity sweet wine mixed with delicious liquor soaked fruit and sings outside summer party.

As I stared at a bowl full of honeycrisp apples I knew I had to do something with them before they went to waste.   I searched online and found a lovely autumn inspired sangria.  It mixes deep fragrant flavors of cinnamon, ginger and cloves with light crisp citrus flavors.  It would be perfect for a party and even better for a girls night!

A sweet fall honeycrisp apple sangria that combines fresh picked apples, honey, cinnamon and white wine. A beautiful cinnamon sugar rim tops it off.

My favorite part of the sangria was munching on the apples that were left over. Amazing!  The great thing about using honeycrisp apples is that they are crisp (the name really does fit the product), hold up great to soaking and still keep some of their natural sweetness.  If you are planning a party I seriously recommend making this.  I used one of my favorite un-oaked chardonnays (Wishing Tree) but feel free to use whatever un-oaked you prefer.


A sweet fall honeycrisp apple sangria that combines fresh picked apples, honey, cinnamon and white wine. A beautiful cinnamon sugar rim tops it off.


Honeycrisp Apple Sangria

A sweet fall honeycrisp apple sangria that combines fresh picked apples, honey, cinnamon and white wine. A beautiful cinnamon sugar rim tops it off.

Yield: 5 - 6 cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 30 min


  • 2 honeycrisp apples
  • One 750-milliliter bottle un-oaked Chardonnay
  • 1/2 cup peach schnapps
  • 1/4 cup orange blossom honey
  • 2 oranges- 1 quartered
  • 1 lemon - quartered
  • 1 lime - quartered
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 quarter-size slices of fresh ginger
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ice
  • Club soda

Source: Adapted from Adam Seger & Food and Wine Magazine


Peel, core and chop one of the apples. In a bowl, combine the Chardonnay, schnapps and honey. Add the quartered orange, lemon, lime, cinnamon sticks, chopped apple, ginger and cloves and refrigerate overnight. (If you don't want to wait that long at least give it 4 hours)

Strain the sangria into a pitcher. Peel, core and finely chop the remaining apple. Peel, section and chop the remaining orange. Mix the apple and orange in a bowl.

On a small plate, blend the sugar and cinnamon. Moisten the rims of wine glasses and dip in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Fill the glasses with ice. Pour in the sangria until three-quarters full. Top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a spoonful of the chopped apple and orange.

A sweet fall honeycrisp apple sangria that combines fresh picked apples, honey, cinnamon and white wine. A beautiful cinnamon sugar rim tops it off.

150 Responses to “Honeycrisp Apple Sangria”

  1. #
    Faith — November 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Your pics are really gorgeous! This looks so delicious. (Even though I don’t drink I can still appreciate the looks of an amazing drink, right? 😉 ) I love the cinnamon sugar on the rim, total genius!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 4th, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

      Even if you don’t drink you can still admire 🙂

  2. #
    Jen — November 4, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Your sangria looks so festive. Honeycrisp are my favorite apples!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 4th, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

      I know honeycrisp are so the best!

  3. #
    Julia — November 4, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Oh how I love sangria. And with the fall flavors, of man, this looks fantastic. I love all the fresh ingredients added!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 4th, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

      I’m a huge fan of sangria too. I was so happy when I found a Fall recipe that would fit my favorite drink 🙂

  4. #
    donna — November 4, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    This is my most favorite post of the day. LOVE sangria and this one is just perfect! Thanks for the idea.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 4th, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

      Aww thanks! Drink up 🙂 It does a body great!

  5. #
    Blond Duck — November 4, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Even your drinks are deliciously sweet!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 4th, 2009 @ 10:34 pm

      Well sweet is always good 🙂

  6. #
    Bonnie Lewis — November 4, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, that made my mouth water looking at that! I am ABSOLUTELY going to try this!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 4th, 2009 @ 10:34 pm

      Fantastic! I hope you love it as much as I do 🙂

  7. #
    jenn — November 4, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Lovely!!! I just looked at the clock and it’s currently happy hour. ;-D Maybe an apple sangria is in order, yes?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 4th, 2009 @ 10:34 pm

      An apple sangria is always in order! Happy hour or no happy hour 🙂 Hehehe…

  8. #
    Jessica — November 4, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Yum! I love sangria but I have never had an autumn appropriate one before. It looks delicious, and your pictures are fantastic! I too enjoy an unoaked chardonnay and I cannot wait to try this recipe:)

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 4th, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

      Well when you come visit I will make it for you 🙂 Then we can drink our Bitch Bubbly…oh yeah!!!

  9. #
    Molly Smith — November 4, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    That looks delicious! Great way to use some fall apples.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 5th, 2009 @ 9:43 am

      I know! Fall apples always seem to pile up…now I found a great use:)

  10. #
    foodlibrarian — November 5, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Love all the recent boozie posts. I don’t drink but I forwarded them to friends who do! – mary

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 5th, 2009 @ 9:48 am

      Haha I just realized I have done a lot of boozie posts lately…whoops 🙂 Thanks for passing them along!

  11. #
    Heavenly Housewife — November 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    You made this look so beautiful!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 5th, 2009 @ 8:57 pm


  12. #
    Debbie — November 5, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Looks delicious and your pics are terrific!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 5th, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

      Thanks! Tell Foodgawker my pictures look great….they seem to keep turning me down…lol.

  13. #
    Blond Duck — November 5, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I’m so glad the little girl you nanny for likes it. 🙂

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 5th, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

      She is such a little reader…. 🙂

  14. #
    girlichef — November 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I am SOOOOOOOOOO making this!! I love Sangria…this is a fabulous version. Honeycrisps are also my favorite apples, so it was meant to be. That rim is awesome, too!! YUM 🙂

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 5th, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

      Hooray! I hope you love it 🙂

  15. #
    clumbsycookie — November 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    What a fun sangria!!!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 5th, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

      It’s perfect for any party!

  16. #
    Reeni — November 5, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I love everything about it – the warm spices, the apples, and the booze!

    • nutmegnanny replied: — November 5th, 2009 @ 9:25 pm

      Hahaha yes the booze is only one of the great aspects 🙂 It really was delicious and gave a hint of Fall in all it’s warm flavors…yum!

  17. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 5, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Oooh… I am a huge fan of sangria! I will definitely be making this soon. 🙂

  18. #
    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — November 5, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Delicious autumn sangria, love your presentation, very pretty!

  19. #
    Nicole — November 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Oh, that’s pretty… and I love apple sangria. Will definitely try this!

  20. #
    Amanda — November 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Wow, that looks really fabulous! I will have to try it 🙂

  21. #
    chayacomfycook — November 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    A delicious looking drink. Look your photos.

  22. #
    CakeSpy — November 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    This looks freaking amazing!! It being that I am in the state with the best apples (it’s true!) I think it is my duty to try this one out.

  23. #
    zoe — November 10, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Wow I have never seen this kind of sangria with apples and cinnamon, lovely!!

  24. #
    Chiara — November 10, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Apple sangria! What a great idea!!! I was just moaning and complaining on Faith’s blog that I don’t know what to do with all these apples I have… this sounds like something I should make and bring with me on vacation!

  25. #
    Melissa Peterman — December 1, 2009 at 8:16 pm


    Perfect for New Years Eve!

  26. #
    marla {family fresh cooking} — November 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    LOVE your take on a Fall season sangria!! Just added to my Thanksgiving round-up that I will post tomorrow 🙂

  27. #
    Jen — September 27, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Holy wow! This sounds so yummy! Found it via Pinterest and cannot wait to try it! Happy apple season!
    Scissors & Spatulas

  28. #
    Anya — September 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I LOVE sangria in summer and can’t wait to taste the Fall version of my favorite drink. Thanks for sharing!

  29. #
    Brittany Pope — October 4, 2011 at 10:04 am

    LOVED this recipe!! I made it this weekend! It is the perfect FALL treat!! Thanks for sharing!! I’ve made sure everyone from my blog knows where it comes from. Feel free to follow me!

  30. #
    Alison @CouponKitchen — October 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    This looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to try it now that it’s finally fall! I look forward to following your blog more!

  31. #
    Suzanne Russell — October 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    This sounds amazing! We are trying it out next weekend as we go to the mountains for a little fall retreat with our adult children. Sounds like the perfect kickoff to a special family event to me!

  32. #
    katie r — October 19, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    It is sooo good!! 🙂 My sister made it and I can’t wait to make it for a dinner party!

  33. #
    sheila — October 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Making this for our halloween party- how many servings is this? thank You!

    • admin replied: — October 25th, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

      Hi Sheila,

      I think you would probably get about 5-6 cups per serving. I would definitely double or triple if you are serving for a large crowd.

      • sheila replied: — October 29th, 2011 @ 12:14 am

        Thank You! I used cupcake brand chardonay- I don’t drink chardonay at all and don’t know how to pick it. The bowl is in the fridge now for overnight- can’t wait to see how it is. Since I’m thinking about doubling the recipe would it be best to use the same chardonay or can I get another brand. (I’m not sure if the store closest to me that I will have to go to will have cupcake brand).

        • admin replied: — October 29th, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

          I would probably stay with the same brand of chardonnay just because I’m not sure how mixing would taste. If the local liquor store doesn’t carry the Cupcake brand (which I love by the way!) you could try asking the clerk for another recommendation. Maybe they could point in the direction of another wine that would blend well.

          Hope you all enjoy the sangria at the party! 🙂

  34. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — October 25, 2011 at 5:31 am

    This sounds incredible!

  35. #
    Jersey Girl Cooks — October 25, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Love this as I love honeycrisp apples!

  36. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — October 25, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I actually repinned this last week I think. I didn’t know it was yours! 🙂

  37. #
    Stephanie — November 1, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I found your recipe on Pinterest . I made it the other night and it is delicious! I love the yummy fall flavors. Instead of pisco which is a Peruvian/Chilean brandy, I used regular brandy. I also used a 1/2 cup mixture of simple syrup, lime juice and orange juice. It’s my new favorite way to make sangria! Thanks for posting it!!!

  38. #
    Betty D — November 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    We made this for my daughter’s bridal shower yesterday and it was a huge hit. Even if you are not a fan of traditional Sangria, which I am not, you should check this out. We made a test batch before the shower and ended up making two changes. We left out the fresh ginger and used ginger ale in place of the club soda.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  39. #
    becky @ the Mixing Bowl Diary — November 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    oh. my. goodness. i love this recipe.

  40. #
    Stayce — November 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Love the idea of this. Thinking of maybe trying it out for a Holiday party. Can you tell me approximately how many servings this will make? Thanks in advance!

  41. #
    Stayce — November 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Nevermind, just now saw where you already answered this question. My apologizes!!

  42. #
    Patti @ Easton Place Designs — November 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Helllllo, Apple Sangria! I will definitely be trying this lovely concoction out soon 🙂 Thank you for posting. Your photos are so inviting!

  43. #
    Taco Tuesday — December 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    My girlfriend re-posted this recipe on her blog and I’m so excited to try it!

  44. #
    Ruby — January 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

    whoa, that looks so good! I see one or three of these in my future.

    Girlfriends Are Like Shoes

  45. #
    Staci — August 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Yum. Oh my, yum!! Honeycrisp is my favorite apple variety – add a little alcohol and and let’s head into fall!

  46. #
    Kim — September 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    mmmm! This looks so delicious. I’m a huge sangria fan and I’m loving all of the new non-traditional recipes coming out! This one will be great to make for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe!

  47. #
    Steph — October 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

    YUM! I am having a girls night and I am definitely making this! Do you think I would be ok using Pinot Grigio instead of Chardonnay??

    • Brandy replied: — October 2nd, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

      Hi Steph: I think Pinot Grigio would work fine. It’s a little sweeter than Chardonnay but I think it would taste delicious. Hope you all enjoy the sangria!

  48. #
    Jennifer E. — October 10, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Hello, stumbled upon this recipe via Pinterest and am so excited to make this after I have my baby at the end of this month! I have ground ginger, how much would I sub for the fresh? Thanks!

    • Brandy replied: — October 10th, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Congratulation on your (almost here!) baby 😉 I would really suggest using fresh ginger but if you cannot get your hands on fresh try adding about 1/2 teaspoon – 1 teaspoon to get a slight ginger flavor. Hope this helps!

  49. #
    Michelle — September 16, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Am planning on making this for a fall party… are you able to use any honey, is it just a sweetener? if i just use regular honey instead of orange blossom honey will it ruin the taste of the drink? Thank you 🙂

    • nutmegnanny replied: — September 17th, 2013 @ 6:49 am

      Yes, regular honey will work fine. I like the orange blossom because it’s not too strong. However, I have used clover honey before and it was still tasty 🙂

  50. #
    Chloe Crabtree — August 13, 2014 at 8:51 am

    This sounds wonderful and has gone into my recipe file! I plan on sharing this on Celebrate and Decorate on Monday. Visitors will have to click over to your page to get the recipe. I hope it helps some new followers to discover your wonderful blog.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — August 13th, 2014 @ 9:15 am

      Thank you Chloe!

  51. #
    I Cook AND Code — August 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I love the idea of this! I want to try this and I have pinned it to one of my sangria board. Thank you.

  52. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — September 25, 2014 at 9:03 am

    My mom and dad just got back from Michigan and they told me they’re bringing me some honey crisp apples today from their trip. Guess I know what I’ll be doing with them 🙂 I also think this would make a wonderful drink to serve our Thanksgiving guests this year. Thanks for the recipe, Brandy!

  53. #
    cathy pollak ~ Noble Pig — September 25, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I am a big sucker for Fall sangria…yum.

  54. #
    Marye @ Restless Chipotle — September 25, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Ummm …. this sounds delicious. What do you think the odds are I could convince everyone it was a perfectly acceptable fruit juice substitute at breakfast?

  55. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — September 25, 2014 at 11:41 am

    What a perfect Fall beverage! Pinned!

  56. #
    Angela |Mind Over Batter — September 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I associate sangria with summer, but you’ve schooled me. This looks delicious! So um… This is coming to BHP, right?

  57. #
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — September 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    What a great, fall drink! Love the idea!

  58. #
    Nicole — October 20, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I have never tasted Orange Blossom Honey so I’m not sure how different it is from regular honey. Do you think it would be just as good if I used regular honey rather than OB honey? I’ve never even seen it before so not sure if its sold in my area. Thanks 🙂

    • nutmegnanny replied: — October 21st, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

      I Nicole! Regular honey will be just fine 🙂 Just stick to an average (not overly strong honey like buckewheat, etc.) golden honey and it will turn out delicious. The most common (think the little golden honey bear) is clover honey. That is perfect.

  59. #
    Tara — October 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I keep coming back to this recipe! I recently started a blog and shared it! I can’t wait to make it again this holiday season! 🙂

  60. #
    Carrie Smith — September 12, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    This is such a delicious sounding drink! I may have to make it for a couple of parties I’m hosting this fall! Thank you so much for the recipe 🙂

  61. #
    Stacey — September 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

    This looks delicious! I’ll be featuring it in a round up post tomorrow at Creating My Happiness!

  62. #
    Jennifer Kurtz — October 20, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Love the great drink ideas.


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