Blog-aversary and Sparkling Autumn Sangria

October 7, 2016 By Cathy — 20 Comments
Time to rethink your summer sangria. This sparkling autumn sangria is filled with crisp apples, juicy orange slices and warm fall spices….the perfect finish to a day of apple picking or pumpkin carving.

Sparkling Autumn Sangria

It’s official! One year in the books for What Should I Make For…! It’s been a ride for sure. I’ve learned so much and have so much left to learn. I waxed poetic about my first year of blogging in this post so I won’t bore you with those observations again. But just know that I’m so grateful for every single reader, comment and photo that you’ve shared.  Now it’s time to break out the bubbly!

I am a sucker for bubbles. If you ask me, there is no better way to start off a fancy meal or toast a happy occasion than with a glass of sparkling wine or champagne. I’m also a huge fan of champagne cocktails….grapefruit mimosas for brunch, pomegranate juice with a splash of cava for a holiday party, or a kir royale to clink with your sweetheart on Valentine’s day.

And now bubbles are sneaking into my fall celebrations too. This sparkling autumn sangria has all the makings of a party favorite. It screams fall with apples, cider, cinnamon and cloves; you can make a huge batch well in advance; and damn, does it taste good.

Sparkling Autumn Sangria

Hosting a Halloween or pumpkin-carving party? Get this on your menu. It has a spicy sweetness from ginger simple syrup, a nice kick from a slug or two of Applejack brandy and yes, bubbles! I used proseco for mine, but champagne or cava will work just fine. I also threw in whole cloves, cinnamon sticks and cardamon pods, but don’t go crazy if you don’t have them on your spice rack. You can substitute a half tsp of ground cinnamon in a pinch. Just don’t leave out the ginger simple syrup. This adds balance and sweetness and I promise you it’s very easy to make.

Sparkling Autumn Sangria

I can’t think of a better way to welcome fall and celebrate one year in the blogosphere than with a glass of this sparkling sangria. I look forward to sharing many more recipes and semi-interesting bits about my life in the weeks, months and years to come. And keep your eyes peeled this fall for some design changes to the site. I’ve decided it’s time to fully commit and get this blog worthy of your eyeballs. Cheers!

Sparkling Autumn Sangria

5 from 3 votes
Sparkling Autumn Sangria
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Time to rethink your summer sangria. This sparkling autumn sangria is filled with crisp apples, juicy orange slices and warm fall spices....the perfect finish to a day of apple picking or pumpkin carving.
Course: Cocktail
Author: Cathy Roma |
  • Sparkling Autumn Sangria
  • 1 750- ml bottle dry white wine
  • Ginger simple syrup recipe follows
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cups Applejack brandy
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cardamon pods slightly crushed
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 apples cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 orange cut in half and sliced
  • 1 750- ml bottle sparkling wine champagne or proseco

  • Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 3- inch piece of ginger peeled and diced
  1. Sangria: Combine all the ingredients except the sparking wine in a large pitcher and stir.
  2. Chill the sangria in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  3. To serve, mix in the bottle of sparking wine and pour into glasses, garnished with the apple and orange slices. Alternatively, pour the sangria into glass and top with chilled sparkling wine.
  4. Ginger Simple Syrup: Combine the sugar, water and ginger in a small saucepan.
  5. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  6. Remove from heat and let steep for an hour. Strain, and reserve.
  7. If you're not using the syrup right away, store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Sparkling Autumn Sangria

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20 responses to “Blog-aversary and Sparkling Autumn Sangria”

  1. Congratulations on your 1st year! That’s awesome, Cathy! And, I agree with you…what better way to celebrate than with some bubbles! Love this fall inspired sangria and it’s also just in time for the weekend too. We have Thanksgiving here in Canada on Monday and this would be a lovely addition. Looking forward to seeing what changes you have to your blog 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!!

    • Cathy says:

      Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. I will definitely be adding this sangria to my Thanksgiving menu too. Thanks for your kind words!

  2. Happy Anniversary to you! Your blog is beautiful and you work so hard! This is a lovely drink for just about any fall celebration. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Perfect cocktail for a special celebration Cathy! Congrats on your 1 year! I love stopping by the blog to catch up and see what you’ll be serving up! This sangria sounds perfect for fall. I’m thinking this needs to be on the Thanksgiving cocktail menu! Happy weekend!

  4. Happy blog-aversary! I can’t thing of a better way to celebrate than with this beautiful sangria. Cheers and here’s to many more 🙂

  5. Natasha says:

    This looks lovely! Congrats on the 1 year anniversary! I just hit mine too (well, I launched last October even though there are posts I published before I opened it to the world). It has been a heck of a year. Here’s to many more years, and more success!

  6. Congrats my dear!! This looks so delicious, perfectly seasonly and completely refreshing!!! Here’s to many more years!! xoxox

  7. So excited. You are one worth following, and I love sharing your celebration with this Sangria. Cheers to you and What Should I Make For! Looking forward to many more recipes shared.

  8. Rosie says:

    Happy one year of blogging! I’ve been a bit obsessed with sangria since I went to Barcelona this summer, so I love the idea of autumnal version. I’m really excited to try this recipe!

  9. Happy belated blog-aversary! I didn’t realize we started this adventure at about the same time. 🙂 And fall sangria looks awesome. Once I get done testing my pear cocktail, I’m going to be trying this.

  10. I was totally impressed by your pictures from very first glance to your blog, Cathy. I like the way you performed your drink. Its colours look good and I bet it will taste great!

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