Create the Fall Gin Sangria!

A cocktail fit for your next fall feast!

Our three favourite things about autumn: the stunning colour-changing foliage, enjoying cocktails by the fire, and this delicious Fall Gin Sangria! Combining all the best fall flavours in a single pitcher, this winning recipe is perfect for sharing with friends. Read on to learn how to make it your own— with your go-to wine, a tasty spiced syrup and additional seasonal garnishes. Mix it up the night before your next festive dinner, and you’re all set for sipping!

@plate_and_pen pairs her Fall Gin Sangria with delicious fried mashed potato balls!

The Fall Gin Sangria features a multitude of components, but trust us when we say the extra work is worth it! Between the warm brandy and sparkling wine, black tea and rich fruit juice, each element brings a unique flavour to this delicious seasonal medley.


Before we dive into the complete cocktail details, let’s learn to create the cinnamon syrup that’s crucial to mixing the Fall Gin Sangria. We recommend making a little extra to use in creations like the Cinnamon 75 or Empress Cider— with so many options to choose from, it’s an ingredient you’ll want to keep on hand all season long!

Cinnamon Syrup ingredients:
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3-4 Cinnamon Sticks

Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Reduce heat and add 3-4 cinnamon sticks. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the syrup reaches your desired level of flavour. Remove from heat, cool, and store in a sealed container. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Tip— swap cinnamon for your favourite fall spice.This recipe works wonderfully with 1 oz of whole cloves, too!

Let’s make a toast!

With all your ingredients on hand, it’s time to get mixing!

  • ¾ cup Empress 1908 Gin
  • ¼ cup Brandy
  • 1 btl Dry White or Sparkling Wine
  • 1 cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 cup Black Tea (use your favourite fall blend!)
  • 1 cup Sparkling Water
  • 2 oz Cinnamon Syrup (optional)
  • Cinnamon Sticks, Apple, Pear & Orange Slices

Add all ingredients but sparkling water (and wine, if you choose) to a large pitcher. Let sit, chilled, overnight to allow flavours to marry. Add ice, sparkling water/wine and serve.

Serve in vintage tea cups for an elevated look!

fall garnish goals – the final step!

Arguably one of the most important steps in perfecting a Sangria is the marriage of edible garnishes. Here’s a few of our favourites, from orchard fruits to warm spices— pick a selection (the more the merrier) and you’re off to the races!

  • Apple Slices
  • Pear Slices
  • Orange Slices
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Whole Cloves
  • Star Anise
  • Pomegranate Seeds

For more delicious fall cocktail recipes, check out last week’s blog post here!

Sip responsibly!

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