Fall Cocktail's Best Southern Apple Pie Sangria recipe by GoEpicurista.com made with CK Mondavi and Family Chardonnay and Vanilla Bourbon
Southern Apple Pie Sangria
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 5 mins

All the cozy delicious flavors of fall in a refreshing glass! This is not your typical sangria! We took it up notch and turned it into a craft cocktail with vanilla bourbon soaked apples, fresh cider and bitters. Guaranteed you will enjoy this all season long! 

Course: Drinks
Servings: 8
Author: Christina Thomas
  • ½ orange (sliced in small wedges with peel)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (cored and chopped)
  • 2 apples of different variety (cored and chopped. I used red delicious and gala.)
  • 1 ½ cup vanilla bourbon (I used Jim Beam Vanilla)
  • ¼ cup apple pie spice simple syrup (see recipe)
  • 1 750 ml unoaked or lightly oaked Chardonnay (chilled, CK Mondavi and Family Chardonnay)
  • 2 cups fresh apple cider (chilled)
  • 1 can club soda (chilled)
  • orange or spiced bitters (I used Peychaud’s)
  • 8 cinnamon sticks (garnish)
  • 1 apple (thin sliced for garnish)
Apple Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
Apple Pie Spice Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice (see recipe or use pre-made)
Apple Pie Spice Sugar Rim
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
  1. Prepare apple pie spice simple syrup (see recipe)

  1. In a large sealable bag, combine orange slices, chopped apples, bourbon, and apple pie spice simple syrup. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. When ready to serve, combine chilled Chardonnay wine, apple cider, bourbon fruit mixture in a large pitcher and stir.

  3. Rim glasses with spiced sugar.  (see instructions below)

  4. When serving, don’t add ice to the pitcher. Using chilled ingredients is best so you don’t dilute the drink. Add ice to the glass after you rim with spiced sugar. Another fun trick is to make chardonnay or apple cider ice cubes to chill the drink without diluting.

  5. Add splash of club soda and dash of bitters and stir. Garnish with cinnamon stick and apple slice. You can also use candied orange, candied ginger, or dehydrated apple chip to garnish.

Apple Pie Spice
  1. Make your own by mixing ½ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp cardamom and 1/8 tsp allspice. 

Apple Pie Spice Simple Syrup
  1. Combine water, sugar and spices in a small saucepan on medium low heat.
  2. Bring to boil and simmer until sugar is dissolved and turns to syrup. Let sit until room temperature and then keep in refrigerator.

Apple Pie Spice Sugar Rim
  1. Combine white sugar and apple pie spice in a small shallow bowl, large enough to fit the rim of the glass.  

  2. Rub an apple slice around the rim of the glass to wet it with the juice.

  3. Dip rim of glass generously into the spiced sugar.