Warm Apple Sangria

Dec 07, 2022

Ready to warm things up with a bit of festivity? This is a longstanding house special. We get so many emails requesting this recipe, so here it is! It’s a modern twist on mulled wine. And our biggest tip: As it sits and marinates it just gets better. Try to have all ingredients that are organic and/or local. Cheers!


This is a party-size recipe that can also be stored in the refrigerator for your after work-relax cocktail 


  • 11 cups of apple cider
  • 4 cups of orange juice
  • 2 apples chopped
  • Large thumb-size piece of ginger 
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • Pumpkin tea (or any holiday spiced tea)
  • Simple syrup
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Red wine (you'll need about a half-cup per mug)
  • Gallon pitcher 


  1. In a pan put 4 tea bags with 1/2 cup sugar & 1/2 cup water, simmer till dissolved and starting to get thick.
  2. Add all ingredients EXCEPT WINE in a gallon pitcher. Add 1/4 cup of syrup and let marinate for at least 1 day in the refrigerator


Ready to Serve?

Party started, heat up your mix with all the goodies till it is really hot, or have it in a crock pot with a ladle to keep it warm for your guests. Then scoop out a half of a mug full, be sure to have apples in the mug, then fill the other half with red wine.

Spice it Up

Add a splash more of simple syrup to the finished hot mix

Make it Fancy

Slice of lemon, a cinnamon stick and a slice of an apple…Oh so pretty!!!

—Lea Haas, Owner, The Garden Cafe Woodstock


Get the Cafe Newsletter

Get the Garden Cafe's beautiful newsletter delivered to your inbox every month. It's chock full of musings, recipes, music, good reads and more — to nurture your mind, body and spirit. Simply enter your information below to join our free community!