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Autumn Sangria

This Autumn Sangria is all the things fall should be: warm, cozy, spiced, and spiked.

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Welcome to the latest installment of Football Fridays here on Neighborfood. Today, I bring you warm, spiced, apple cider Autumn Sangria.

Alternately titled, Girls Watch Football Too!

Ya see, beer has totally cornered the football watching market, and I’m sick of it. What about all the football watchers out there who don’t like beer? What about those of us who want something a little lighter, a little fruitier, a little less…uhhh…beerish?

Fact: There are football fans who don’t like beer. I know, it’s crazy.

What’s even crazier is I have no idea why I don’t like the stuff….oh waaaait, yes I do.

It’s the taste. It’s definitely the taste. I just can’t seem to get past the “husband’s sweaty hockey socks” impression I get when I sip on beer. Β If I could just shave off my tastebuds, beer and I would totally be cool.

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But listen, just because I don’t like beer doesn’t mean I wouldn’t enjoy sipping on a sweet and fruity spiked beverage during game time.

Enter Autumn Sangria–the perfect fall drink.

Loaded with pears, apples, and plums, sweetened with apple cider, and spiked with bourbon and cinnamon sticks, this sangria is all the things fall should be: warm, cozy, spiced, and spiked.

And like any sangria, it couldn’t be easier to make. Start with a bottle of pinot grigio. If you’re like me, you’ll pick one that is A) On sale for $10 or less and B) Says something about “subtle hints of apple” or “refreshing blend of pear and citrus” on the back.

Add to that a few cups of apple cider, some club soda, and a little bit of bourbon for the warm fuzzies.

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Stir, stir, stir it up. Taste. If you want it sweeter, whisk a little maple syrup into a small amount of apple cider then stir that in. (I liked it with the added sweetness). Or, if you’re good to go, drop in your autumnal fruits of choice and a couple cinnamon sticks and then just stick it in the fridge and let it chill.

Time out. Can we talk about how cool the word autumnal is? Fall is far too short for a word that awesome. You better get your uses in while you can!

After the drink has had a few hours (or a night) to settle, take it out, give it another good stir, and serve it up. Experience the warm, spiced, autumnal goodness. (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

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Don’t be surprised if you find your guests trying to gracefully dig out hunks of fruit from your pitcher with a wooden spoon. Hunks of fruit soaked in wine and apple cider are really impossible to resist. Just let it happen.

Looking for more fall beverages to liven up your next tailgate? Check out these other great options from around the interwebs:

Apple Pie Moonshine from Wanna Be A Country Cleaver

Apple Cider Margaritas from How Sweet It Is

Spiked Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate from Diethood

Pumpkin Buttered Rum from The Kitchn

Ginger Sangria from The Law Student’s Wife

Spiced Pumpkin Cocktail from The Blond Cook

Enjoy responsibly….and, of course, Go Bucks!

Autumn Sangria

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Yields 6


  • 1 bottle of pinot grigio
  • 3 cups apple cider + 1/4 cup maple syrup whisked in (the maple syrup part is optional)
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 2 pears, chopped
  • 2 plums, chopped


  1. Mix all the liquid ingredients together in a BIG pitcher and stir it up really well. Drop in the cinnamon sticks and fruit, give it another good stir then refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Give it one more good stir before serving.


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Recipe adapted from How Sweet It Is



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  • Betsy Cohen September 27, 2013, 9:39 AM

    Perfectly stated….those of us who do not like beer DESERVE something fab to drink while watching football.

  • Ruthy September 27, 2013, 4:57 PM

    LOL you had me at shaving your tastebuds. And I LOVE beer! But I would still never say no to this “autumnal” sangria, delicious.

  • Sarah R September 28, 2013, 10:26 PM

    Sounds perfect! I miss drinking sangria

  • Nancy September 29, 2013, 7:25 PM

    Girl, you are speaking my language, the language of fruity, boozy cocktails. I’m in love with your autumn version of sangria. I’m not a big beer drinker either – I’ll have one beer and be done. This, however, would be dangerous. Just stick a giant straw in that jug and I’ll drink the entire pitcher!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 1, 2013, 11:58 AM

      It is so dangerous. Especially the fruit pieces! I saved everything from the bottom of the pitcher and ate them as a snack!

  • Laura October 1, 2013, 11:54 AM

    This looks amazing! And I just found a recipe for homemade apple cider in a crock pot, so I think I might just have to make both of these recipes soon. Random question: where did you get your pitcher/what brand is it? It looks so nice for serving these kinds of drinks πŸ™‚

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 1, 2013, 12:00 PM

      I wish I could tell you, but I actually got it at an auction of all things. I’d been looking for a pitcher like that forever and finally found one. I would check Home Goods or TJ Maxx though. I seem to have good luck there.

  • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons October 1, 2013, 10:45 PM

    So, I normally have my annual Sangria Party in the summer. But this is sort of making me want to have another one in the fall…..

    I blame you for this πŸ˜‰

  • Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls November 2, 2013, 8:21 PM

    Can I skip the football and just have a glass of this loveliness? It sounds SO good!

  • Karen Lynn November 18, 2013, 11:37 PM

    Does this pitcher really only serve six? Wanting to make this for thanksgiving for a group of ten. We will have other drinks as well. Not sure if I should double the reicpe??

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood November 19, 2013, 12:25 AM

      I would double it. You can get 8-10 glasses out of this, but since it’s not very strong you can have more than one glass. At the party where I served it, there were 6 of us and we finished the pitcher.

  • Laura Lubniewski November 26, 2013, 3:42 PM

    hello, thanks for the recipe, I just made it for thanksgiving, I have a question though I didn’t know what size bottle of pinot grigio to get so I used (2) 1.5 liter bottles and I made a double batch , was that the right size bottle to use?? Im going to add more sweetness to it .

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood November 26, 2013, 9:57 PM

      I think my wine bottles were about 1 liter so you probably have a little more wine to other stuff ratio. If it’s not sweet enough you can definitely add more maple syrup or apple cider!

      • Laura Lubniewski November 26, 2013, 10:56 PM

        Thanks and I did just that , perfect!!!
        Happy thanksgiving !

  • Fresca82 November 29, 2013, 3:52 PM

    I made this sangria for thanksgiving. Not only was it delicious, but it was deceptively strong. You couldn’t taste any alcohol, but we started feeling its effects after a few sips. Granted none of us are regular drinkers. Anyway, thanks for the recipe!

  • Sara September 11, 2015, 3:20 PM

    Hi there! I know this is an old post, but I am so excited to make this for a party I’m having in October. How many times do you think I should double the recipe to fill a punch bowl and to serve 30 guests? Thank you!!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood September 12, 2015, 2:33 PM

      You could probably get by with tripling it if you’ll be serving other drinks and everyone just plans on having one glass, but if it’s your only drink I would probably times the recipe by 5. I hope everyone enjoys it! Fall parties are the best. πŸ™‚

      • Sara September 13, 2015, 10:53 AM

        Thank you so much!! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Andrea October 9, 2015, 9:44 AM

    This looks yummy! I don’t discriminate between white and red wines, but I know the friends I’m having over for an adult pumpkin carving party mostly drink red. Do you have a similar version that would work well with a red wine?

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood October 12, 2015, 3:29 PM

      I think you could easily sub red wine in this recipe. Traditionally, sangria is made with a Spanish red wine. A Pinot Noir would work just fine. I hope you and your guests enjoy!

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