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Easy Autumn Sangria

This Easy Autumn Sangria Recipe is perfect for fall, with fruity flavors and a sparkling finish! Red wine is mixed with seasonal fruits for a refreshing beverage perfect for celebrations or nights at home. It’s a super-simple traditional recipe that everyone will love!

glass pitcher of red wine sangria

What is autumn sangria?

Sangria is a Spanish drink of red wine mixed with lemonade, fruit, and spices. It is traditionally thought of as a summer beverage but can easily be made into the perfect fall cocktail with just a few changes. Autumn sangria is made with a dark red wine base, seasonal fruit such as pears and apples, bubbly sparkling water, and is garnished with a sprig of rosemary. It is refreshing yet full of cozy flavors.

What fruit do you put in sangria?

The portion of the drink is very flexible. To keep the autumnal theme of this recipe, we’re adding apples, pears, orange slices, and pomegranate arils. In the summer, fruits such as peaches and fresh berries are very popular.

fruit board with pomegranate, orange, and apple slices

What kind of wine is good for red sangria?

With likely origins in Spain and Portugal, sangria is one of the most popular beverages in Spanish restaurants. The term itself even dates back to the 18th century. In the EU, the drink is not actually allowed to be called “sangria” unless it has Spanish or Portuguese origins. For these reasons, a Spanish red wine, like Rioja is often a popular choice.

In this recipe in particular I used a red blend. I would recommend against using an expensive bottle or one that you’ve been saving. We are adding in sugar + fruit so a cheaper bottle is best. If you live near a Trader Joe’s they have a lot of great options. Feel free to pick up two bottles and make this red wine chocolate cake next!

sparkling water pouring into a glass of red autumn sangria

How to Make Red Autumn Sangria

Sangria is one of my favorite “big batch” drinks because making it is very simple: to make it you simply mix your wine, sugar, and fruit in a large pitcher and let is sit for at least an hour. This will help the sugars in the fruit break down and better flavor the drink. Many recipes will ask for an addition of brandy, which I did not have on hand so just left out. To serve, I added a splash of sparkling water and a small bit of vinegar for tartness. A too-sweet sangria is definitely what we’re trying to avoid

Can you freeze sangria?

Yes! When kept in the fridge, sangria can start to taste off after 3-4 days. However, it can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. Be sure to add it to a tightly sealed container and leave a bit of open space, as it will expand.

I hope you enjoy this spooky dark red sangria recipe! It will be a fun addition to a Halloween spread or any holiday table. I hope you enjoy it!

glass of autumn sangria with a burnt sprig of rosemary

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glass of autumn sangria with a burnt sprig of rosemary

Autumn Sangria

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Red Sangria Recipe is perfect for fall, with fruity flavors and a sparkling finish! Red wine is mixed with orange juice and seasonal fruits for a refreshing drink perfect for celebrations or nights at home. It’s a super-simple traditional recipe that everyone will love!


Units Scale
  • 2 cups sliced fruit, such as pears, apples, and orange slices
  • 1 bottle full bodied red wine, like a blend or a Rioja, see notes for nonalcoholic version
  • 3 TBS pomegranate arils
  • 1/41/2 cup sugar, organic cane if possible
  • 1 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • Cognac or brandy, optional
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sparkling water, for serving


  1. Wash and slice all fruit. Set aside. Pour wine into a large pitcher and add fruit. Stir with a long-handled spoon. Add sugar and vinegar and stir again. Add cognac/brandy if using, and pinch of salt.
  2. Let sangria sit in the fridge for at least an hour to help flavor meld. Serve topped with sparkling water. Sangria will for up to three days, covered in the fridge.


For a nonalcoholic version, sub wine with 8 cups apple cider.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Cuisine: Spanish-American


  • Serving Size: 1 glass
  • Calories: 212 calories
  • Sugar: 26g
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 32
  • Fiber: 24.g
  • Protein: .6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: sangria, red wine, cocktail

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About the Author

Emily (Frigon) Meyers is the founder of Garlic Head, a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets while saving time and money. She is a lifelong vegetarian and 10+ year vegan. Garlic Head does not focus on labels - it focuses on creating food that everyone can enjoy.

Emily earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University along with degrees in Economics, Spanish, and Global Sustainability from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been featured on numerous podcasts and websites including The Food Institute, VegNews, Buzzfeed, and the Boston Globe.

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