Caramel Apple Sangria Recipe

This cocktail recipe, from entertaining expert Katie Jacobs, makes a great addition to any fall get-together. In fact, it's a must-have at her annual autumn tailgate party at a pumpkin farm in Franklin, TN. We love her Caramel Apple Sangría not only because it's delicious, but because it serves a crowd and can easily be scaled up or down depending on the number of guests. The secret ingredient in this drink is the pecan-flavored vodka from Cathead Distillery, the oldest distillery in Mississippi. Jacobs likes to serve the sangria in an adorable glass Weck drink dispenser, but any dispenser will do, just make sure to chill the cocktail for 30 minutes before you serve it. Garnish servings with caramel-dipped apple slices for an extra sweet finishing touch.

Caramel Apple Sangria
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Styling: Katie Jacobs
Active Time:
5 mins
Chill Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
12 serves


  • 1 (750-ml) bottle pecan-flavored vodka (such as Cathead)

  • 4 cups fresh apple cider

  • 5 - 6 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks

  • 4 - 5 small whole apples

  • 2 (750-ml) bottles sparkling wine, chilled

  • 12 caramel-dipped apple slices


  1. Stir together vodka, cider, cinnamon, and whole apples in a drink dispenser. Chill 30 minutes.

  2. Pour mixture evenly into 12 glasses; top with sparkling wine. Garnish glasses with caramel-dipped apple slices.

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