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Apple Cider Sangria With Thyme And Cinnamon

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As the leaves start to fall and the air gets crisper, it’s time to spice up your autumn gatherings with a drink that’s as cozy as your favorite sweater.

I’m talking about apple cider sangria with thyme and cinnamon. This is not your typical sangria; it’s a refreshing twist on a classic that perfectly captures the flavors of fall.

It’s got the rich, fruity wine base that you love, but with the added warmth of apple cider and the earthy notes of thyme and cinnamon.

You don’t have to be a mixologist to whip up this delicious concoction. It’s simple to make and even easier to enjoy.

So, get ready to impress your guests, because I’m going to guide you step-by-step on how to prepare this festive cocktail. Trust me, after one sip, they’ll be begging you for the recipe.


Selecting the Right Ingredients

Don’t underestimate the power of choosing the right ingredients – they’re the secret behind an unforgettable apple cider sangria with a unique twist of thyme and cinnamon.

You’ll need fresh apple cider, a robust red wine, brandy, and a little sweetener like honey or maple syrup.

When it comes to apples, go for crisp varieties that hold their shape in the sangria. Your thyme should be fresh, green, and aromatic. As for the cinnamon, whole sticks are the way to go, which you’ll steep in the mix to infuse that warm, spicy flavor.

Make sure your wine and brandy are of good quality too. After all, they’re not just mixers – they bring essential depth and character to your sangria.

Preparing the Fruity Wine

First, you’ll need to select a full-bodied red wine, preferably a Spanish Rioja, to form the base of your sophisticated cocktail. This wine boasts a depth of flavor that perfectly complements the sweet and tart elements of the apple cider.

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Next, you’ll want to add a generous amount of apple cider. The cider’s natural sweetness balances out the robust red wine, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.

To give your sangria a twist, incorporate fresh thyme and cinnamon. These spices add an aromatic complexity that elevates the drink to an entirely new level. You’ll infuse the wine and cider mixture with these spices, letting them steep to release their full, rich flavors.

Finally, add sliced apples and oranges for a refreshing burst of fruitiness. Your sangria is now ready to impress.

Mixing in the Fall Spices

Now, it’s time to truly embrace the essence of autumn by incorporating those cozy fall spices into your blend. Grab your thyme and cinnamon sticks, these are the stars of this season and they’ll give your sangria that distinctive fall taste.

Gently muddle a few fresh thyme sprigs at the bottom of your pitcher to release their aromatic oils. Be careful not to overdo it; a subtle hint of thyme is what you’re aiming for.

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Next, add two or three cinnamon sticks. They’re not just for show; they infuse your sangria with a warm, comforting flavor that’s perfect for cool autumn nights.

Let your sangria sit for a while, allowing the thyme and cinnamon to meld with the fruity wine. This is going to make your apple cider sangria irresistibly delicious.

Assembling the Cocktail

Imagine the joy and satisfaction you’ll feel as you begin to assemble this exquisite cocktail, layering in each ingredient to create a symphony of flavors.

Begin by pouring chilled apple cider into a large pitcher. Then, add a generous splash of white wine, preferably something fruity like a Pinot Grigio. Don’t worry about measuring too precisely; this cocktail is all about balance and personal preference.

Next, throw in a handful of fresh thyme sprigs and a few cinnamon sticks for that warm, spicy kick. Let these infuse for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

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Finally, add slices of crisp apples and pears for a touch of sweetness and texture. Stir everything together, serve over ice, and get ready to sip on pure autumnal bliss.

Serving Suggestions for Your Autumn Gathering

You’ll absolutely adore presenting this festive drink at your next fall gathering. Its inviting aroma and delightful flavors perfectly encapsulate the essence of the season. Imagine the warm tones of autumn reflected in the rich hues of the sangria, bringing an extra touch of coziness to your event.

To enhance the aesthetic, serve the sangria in clear glass pitchers, allowing the vibrant colors to be on full display. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh thyme or a cinnamon stick for an extra hint of fall.

Pair this delectable drink with hearty dishes like roasted butternut squash or apple pie to complement its robust flavors. Your guests won’t be able to resist a second glass!

This apple cider sangria, with its hint of thyme and cinnamon, is the perfect addition to your autumn menu.

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As the leaves start to fall and the air gets crisper, it's time to spice up your autumn gatherings with a drink that's as cozy as your favorite sweater.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • Citrus Juicer
  • Cocktail Jigger
  • 2 Quart Pitcher


  • 1 ½ cups apple cider
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ounces fresh orange juice
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 8-10 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3-6 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 apples diced
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Bourbon optional, but recommended
  • 1 bottle Prosecco


  • In a large pitcher, mix together apple cider, lemon juice, orange juice, orange slices, thyme sprigs, cinnamon sticks, diced apples, and Bourbon (if using).
  • Let sit for 30 minutes if desired (or proceed and serve immediately). When ready to serve, add prosecco and stir to combine.
  • Pour into individual glasses and garnish as desired with thyme sprigs, cinnamon sticks, and any fruit from the sangria.


  • The serving size is approximately 6 ounces


You’ve just created a delightful apple cider sangria with thyme and cinnamon. It’s the perfect blend of fruity wine, fall spices, and fresh apples. This cocktail is sure to be a hit at your next autumn gathering.

Serve chilled with a cinnamon stick garnish and watch as your guests marvel at your mixology skills. Cheers to creating a seasonal drink that’s as beautiful as it is tasty!

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Meet Sue Perera, the culinary aficionado behind our captivating recipe hub. An imaginative and talented young woman, Sue has an unwavering passion for all things food – especially those aromatic wonders, cinnamon and thyme. Her deep-seated love for these two unique spices inspired the birth of this website, but don't be fooled – her culinary repertoire extends far beyond these two ingredients.
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