Caramel Apple Sangria is the perfect white sangria for fall! White wine and apple cider are the base for this easy, crowd-pleasing fall sangria, and it’s perfect for Thanksgiving!

It’s “fall week” here at Blackberry Babe! I’ll be posted autumn inspired recipes all week long. Apples, pecans, caramel, and pumpkin everything.

a photo of caramel apple sangria in a glass with apple slides

The first recipe I’m posting is this Caramel Apple Sangria. This apple cider sangria recipe has become our annual Thanksgiving Sangria Recipe.

I first had this white wine sangria at a local winery here in Kansas City. And, I loved the idea, but I didn’t love the sangria when I tasted it! It was SO sweet that it was hard to drink more than one glass!

So, I set out to make a Caramel Apple Sangria recipe that was a bit lighter on the sugar and relied on mostly the natural sweetness of the crisp apples, and I think this version is JUST right!

I took this fall sangria recipe to a party this past weekend, and it was gone in no time. Even the guys liked it! 

I used a local apple cider from Louisburg Cider Mill, and I definitely think that fresh apple cider is best for this recipe and will give you the best flavor. If you can find some fresh, local cider at your grocery store, use it! You will taste the difference. 

an overhead photo of a glass of caramel apple sangria

What type of wine should I use for Caramel Apple Sangria? 

My preference, and what I recommend in the recipe below, is a dry white wine. I used a crisp white wine (Sauvignon Blanc), but I think Pinot Grigio would also work well! The dry white wine combined with the sweet apple cider and caramel flavoring was just right for me.

But, this is your sangria! If you’d like to use a sweeter wine, do so! A moscato or white zinfandel would work nicely.

Should I serve this white wine sangria hot or cold?

It’s up to you! I kept it chilled in the refrigerator until it was time to serve, so it was cold for appetizers and up to room temperature by Thanksgiving Dinner.

You can certainly heat it up, and it will taste great! Kind of like a mulled cider! But, make sure to heat this sangria gently, over low.

If it begins to boil, the alcohol starts to evaporate. We wouldn’t want that, would we? 🙂 

a close up photo of a glass of apple cider sangria

How do I make Caramel Apple Sangria? 

Making Caramel Apple Sangria is very simple! Simply find a large pitcher, jug or punch bowl. Combine all of the ingredients together.

I cut up fresh green and red apples into slices, and layered them into the pitcher.

You could also cut your apple pieces into small chunks.

How do I garnish my glass of white sangria?

If you’d like to provide a garnish for your guest’s cups, here are a few ideas:

  • An apple slice on a stir stick
  • An unwrapped caramel candy on a stir stick you could slide a piece of apple, or an unwrapped caramel onto a stir stick! 
  • Whole cinnamon sticks
  • Fresh cranberries (not to eat, but pretty for garnish)
  • Orange slices
  • Whole star anise
  • A sugar rim
a photo of several glasses of apple sangria for Thanksgiving

How can I modify this easy Thanksgiving Sangria recipe?

Of course! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Use cranberry juice for 1-2 cups of the apple juice, or another fruit juice of your choice.
  • Add seasonal fruit for extra color.
  • Replace some of the vodka with apple brandy.

If you love this recipe, check out my list of 10 Thanksgiving Cocktails to Truly be Thankful For! I know you’ll find the perfect Thanksgiving cocktail for turkey day on this list!

a photo of caramel apple sangria in a glass with apple slides

Caramel Apple Sangria

Yield: Serves 10
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This Caramel Apple Sangria combines white wine and cider for the perfect fall drink! This is the perfect white sangria recipe for Thanksgiving, too!


For the sangria:

For garnish:

  • 4 apples, sliced or cubed


  1. Combine ingredients in large punch bowl or serving jar.
  2. Garnish with apples and caramel candies.
  3. Serve cold or warm!


I used Torani Sugar Free Caramel Syrup for the caramel syrup. You can usually find this in the coffee aisle with the other flavored syrups.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 174Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 15mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 2gSugar 23gProtein 0g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app, and may be incorrect.

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Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe - Thanksgiving Sangria Recipe