Cranberry Apple Sangria

Make this Cranberry Apple Sangria for the holidays! It's infused with orange liqueur, cloves, vanilla, and cinnamon. You can also warm it up and turn it into a mulled wine.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Chill time time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 apples such as Fuji or Gala, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup cranberry juice (100% juice is preferred, or cranberry juice cocktail)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 1 bottle dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec (or other orange liqueur like Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 1 orange

Special equipment:


1 Gently warm up the apples, juice, and spices: Place the cloves in a small sachet of cheesecloth and tie it closed with butcher’s twine. Add the apples, cranberry juice, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and cloves sachet to a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for about 7 minutes, until the apples begin to soften.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Apple Sangria with Cranberries prep the fruit Cranberry Sangria with Apples heat the fruit

2 Combine the wine and Triple Sec with the orange. Add the red wine and Triple Sec to a pitcher. Cut the orange into four quarters, slice them, and add the slices to the pitcher as well.

Thanksgiving Sangria combine wine and Triple Sec

3 Make the sangria: Add the apple-cranberry-spice mixture to the pitcher and stir. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours, preferably overnight, or up to 2 or 3 days in advance.

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  • Karen

    Would Aperol work do you think?

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Karen! I think aperol in this would be fantastic. I would still include the Triple Sec if you have it (or add some fresh-sliced oranges) and then add another 1/4 cup of aperol. Taste and adjust as needed. Enjoy!

  • Gayle

    Just prepared the sangria tonight to let it steep until Thanksgiving Day. Looks gorgeous, smells like it’s the Holidays, and tastes good already. By Thursday it’ll be wonderful! Was going to post
    a photo of the sangria in my pitcher but couldn’t figure out how.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!!



  • Rhonda @ Change In Seconds

    Making the recipe on the weekend!

  • Hou-gal

    Sounds delicious. Could ground cloves be used in place of the whole clove sachet?