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My go-to Thanksgiving Sangria – to kick off a night with family and friends. This is one of my favorite festive pitcher style drinks to serve up this November. White wine mixed with cider, brandy, pumpkin butter, citrus, spices, and a splash of ginger beer. It’s a touch sweet, refreshing, so easy to make, and perfect for both Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving gatherings!

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Happy first Saturday of November everyone! Stopping in for a quick cocktail Saturday post to officially kick off the holiday season! Crazy that November is already here! We have a very full month ahead, stocked with delicious Thanksgiving recipes and quick weeknight dinners. But first, a cocktail to celebrate the season!

Over the years I’ve made a few Sangria recipes, this Christmas Sangria being one of my favorites to date. I’ve known for about a month now that I wanted to create a Thanksgiving Sangria. I figured if Christmas has its own Sangria, then Thanksgiving needs one too!

Enter today’s recipe. It’s the EASIEST pitcher cocktail to throw together. You can make it up to a day in advance and it’s pretty festive too. Especially when served in this pumpkin punch bowl with accompanying seamless pumpkin wine glasses.

raw fruit and spices before adding wine

Here is how you make this sangria.

Combine all the ingredients in a large punch bowl. Chill until ready to serve. Top off with ginger beer.


I mean, how easy is that?!?

close up photo of Thanksgiving Sangria in pumpkin glass

The Secret?

Using a mix of white wine, apple cider, and brandy, then stirring in spiced pumpkin butter or apple butter. I prefer using spiced pumpkin butter, but only because I find it a little more appropriate for Thanksgiving. Either pumpkin butter or apple butter works great, and both add just the right amount of spice and sweetness to your sangria.

For my mix of fruit, I used sliced apples, blood oranges, and pomegranates. You can really use any mix of autumn fruits you love. But I found these particularly pretty, and they pair deliciously with the flavors in the wine and cider.

And then, the ginger beer. My complete obsession. I love topping all cocktails with just a little ginger beer. I find it adds the perfect amount of spice to every cocktail.

I’m excited to be including this in my 2019 Thanksgiving menu that will be coming in just about a week!

This is the perfect make-ahead party Sangria for both Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving!

Tip? Test this sangria out tonight. You know…just to be sure it’s Thanksgiving ready….hey, it’s a fun drink for the first Saturday of November too. Enjoy!

close up photo of Thanksgiving Sangria in pumpkin glass

If you make this Thanksgiving Sangria, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Thanksgiving Sangria.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 219 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients except the ginger beer. Stir and then place in the fridge until chilled.
    2. Before serving, add the ginger beer. Fill each glass with ice and pour the sangria over the ice. If desired top with more ginger beer. Drink up!
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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is great for all of fall, not just Thanksgiving. I doubled the recipe and made it for a party and it was a huge hit!

    1. Hey Lexie,
      Happy Monday! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad it turned out well for you! Thanks for your comment! xT

  2. We made the Thanksgiving Sangria and it was excellent and so pretty in the glass. It’s definitely a keeper recipe! Thanks!

    1. Hey Denise,
      Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:)

  3. Made it tonight. I tried it right away and it was strong but after it sat in the fruit and chilled, it was perfect. I used Pinot Grigio and I did not use ginger beer bc it’s not my thing.

    1. Hey Ryan,
      Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was a winner! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xx

    2. 4 stars
      Made this for Thanksgiving to start things off. It was perfect and delicious! Such a great mixture of flavors. This will definitely be annual tradition at our Thanksgiving! Thanks for always having the best recipes!!

      1. Hey Julie,
        Wonderful!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for giving it a try! Have a great weekend:)

  4. 5 stars
    Made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it! Used apple butter because I couldn’t find pumpkin butter, but I added pumpkin spiced apple cider and it was delicious 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Jenny,
      Thank you so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was a winner! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xx

  5. 5 stars
    Whoops I put the ginger beer in too soon, but it’s still delicious (just a little flat, when I make it again I’ll wait to add that haha). Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Hey there,
      Happy Thanksgiving!!🦃🍁 I am so glad to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for making it! xT

  6. 5 stars
    I made it for Friendsgiving last weekend and will make it again tomorrow for thanksgiving! It will now be a yearly staple on our thanksgiving day menu! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey there,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

  7. Hi Tieghan, I want to make this but cannot find apple butter or pumpkin butter in my stores. Is there a substitute? Or will the reciep be fine without it? Thanks!

  8. Is it possible to use apple juice instead of apple cider? I live in the virgin islands and can’t find apple cider here!

    1. Hey Kerri,
      Sure, that might be yummy! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope it’s delish! Cheers! xT

    1. Hey Nikaela,
      I truly appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, love to hear that it was enjoyed!❄️ xx

    2. I have the pumpkin punch bowl that I want to use for Thanksgiving, my concern it that it needs 5 – 6 cups of punch just to reach the spout.
      How many ounces is a serving?
      That would be helpful in figuring out how many servings I wold need to make For 1 gallon of punch.