Cocktail Hour // Fall Festive Sangria


The big batch cocktail is perhaps the best kept secret of hostesses with the mostest around the world.  You can mix, shake, and stir until you achieve that perfect balance of flavor, all before guests arrive, which keeps you from playing bartender all night.  To make things even better, we put this big batch of fall-flavored Sangria in a great big pumpkin.  Party decor and cocktails in one?  Yes please!  These Mark and Graham linen coasters and gold rimmed glasses set the stage and will be perfect all fall long.  (I have big Thanksgiving plans for you, glasses, lest you think your job is done after Halloween!)  Even if you don’t have anything planned for the weekend, invite over some of your nearest and dearest for a weekend potluck and a chance to enjoy some cooler weather and this pumpkin punchbowl!  Keep reading for the super easy recipe and tutorial…


Fall Spiced Sangria

(serves 8-10)


  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1c. apple brandy (or regular brandy)
  • 1/2c. of Cointreau
  • large pumkpin to hold the punchbowl
  • 2 oranges, sliced into 1/4″ thick circles (plus more for garnishing glasses if you like)
  • 2 apples, cut into thin slices (plus more for garnishing glasses if you like)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (plus more for garnishing glasses if you like)
  • 3 star anise
  • one 17 ounce bottle of sparkling water



Combine all ingredients except for the sparkling water into a large pitcher and refrigerate overnight or for at least 12 hours (24 preferred).  Before the party, hollow out your pumpkin and place a punch or mixing bowl inside.  Pour your pitcher of sangria into the punchbowl, then top with the bottle of sparkling water.  You can add additional fresh fruit on top if you like.  Enjoy!


Photography by Amanda Gallant

Linen Typographer Coasters and Gold Rimmed Glasses by Mark and Graham

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  1. This is SO pretty!

  2. Great photos and what a great idea! Will definitely have to give it a try.

    Xx, Fatima

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