This Low Carb Fall Harvest Bourbon Whiskey Sangria is a fall treat. It combines apple cinnamon infused whiskey with red wine, homemade low carb apple cider and homemade sugar free keto grenadine with plenty of amazing fruit and warm fall spices to create a stunning drink! This fall harvest sangria is easy to please a crowd and whip up ahead of time for holiday festivities. The sugar content is also reduced by making your own infused simple syrup with allulose to add a subtle spiced sweetness without the extra calories and sugar!
Here’s What You Need For This Low Carb Fall Harvest Bourbon Whiskey Sangria:
- Warm whole fall spices of choice – we used cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom pods and whole cloves.
- Allulose* or sweetener of choice
- Red wine of choice
- Bourbon whiskey of choice. For this recipe, we suggest making our apple cinnamon infused whiskey (see instructions below)
- Sugar free keto grenadine
- Homemade low carb apple cider or apple cider substitute* (see notes)
- Cardamom bitters (optional)
- Orange extract (optional)
- Orange, sliced into rounds or half rounds
- Apple, cut into slices
- Pomegranate arils
- Cinnamon sticks and star anise for garnish
How Long Should I Let This Fall Harvest Whiskey Sangria Sit?
We recommend allowing the fruit to sit in your sangria mixture for at least a few hours before serving to help infuse the flavors. You can even let the mixture sit over night. The longer the better, but we do recommend consuming the whole batch within 3 days.
What Are Some Of The Fruit Juice and Fruit Juice Substitutes I Can Use In This Recipe?
This recipe uses our sugar free keto grenadine recipe and our homemade low carb apple cider, which makes it a bit on the higher end in terms of carbohydrates than some of our other cocktail recipes. You can use store bought cider, but why not make our sugar free version? Each glass is about 7 net carbs. You can also use Sparkling Ice Crisp Apple flavor to reduce the carbs. Another great option would be their seasonal cranberry frost flavor, or even their ginger lime flavor, which tastes more like ginger than lime!
If you were to simply replace the real apple cider with Sparkling Ice, the carb count per glass could be reduced to 5 carbs per glass. You could add as much as you wanted (to taste) and it would not affect the carb count. Sparkling Ice is made with sucralose, so that might not be ideal for your diet. We don’t mind it. To each their own! If you are going to add Sparkling Ice instead of apple cider, make sure to do it just before serving, not before, or it will go completely flat while it sits in the fridge.
How Do I Prepare The Spiced Sugar Free Simple Syrup For This Whisky Sangria Recipe?
To prepare this sugar free spiced simple syrup, you will add some extra water. This is because we will boil the whole spices in water to infuse the flavor more effectively. Some of the water will boil off before we add the sweetener. We will use a total of 24 ounces of water.
To prepare the spiced simple syrup, we will start by toasting our whole warming fall spices of choice. We used 4 whole cinnamon sticks, 3 star anise, 5 cardamom pods and 6 whole cloves. Ginger would be a great addition too! Once the spices are toasted and fragrant, you can add your water and bring it to a rolling boil. Allow it to boil for 15 minutes. When the water is brown, it’s ready. Discard the whole spices, and then stir in your allulose. We add an equal amount of allulose to your spiced water to make a simple syrup. This is usually between 1 & 1.5 cups depending on how much water evaporated during the boiling process. This is what gives our whiskey sangria such a lovely fall flavor.
Do I Have To Make The Spiced Sugar Free Simple Syrup?
No, you don’t have to make the spiced simple syrup for this recipe. You can just as easily add more of our keto grenadine syrup instead of simple syrup. Alternatively, you could add more apple cider or apple cider substitute (to taste). Just be aware that adding keto grenadine or apple cider instead of sugar free simple will add carbs. Alternatively, you could prepare just a regular simple syrup with equal parts allulose and hot water. The spiced simple syrup adds a nice warm flavor. Do be aware of this if you decide to skip it. Simple syrup is incredibly easy to make.
When making it sugar free, we highly suggest using allulose. You could use whatever sweetener you like, but we find that allulose doesn’t crystalize like other (non sugar) sweeteners do. Just be aware that if you use sweeteners aside from allulose, it may crystalize after a few hours. You will want the sugar free simple syrup to be nice and syrup like before adding it to this fall harvest sangria.
How Do I Prepare The Apple Cinnamon Infused Whiskey? Can I Use Regular Bourbon Whiskey?
For this recipe, we prepare a batch of our apple cinnamon infused whiskey ahead of time. To prepare, simply start by chopping up about 1 apple. Add the apple and 4-5 cinnamon sticks to a jar, cover it with your favorite bourbon whiskey. This apple cinnamon whiskey sour is a great example of how to use this warm flavored whiskey! The infused apple cinnamon whiskey is the perfect addition to this fall harvest drink so special. You don’t have to use an infused whiskey though. You can definitely just use your favorite bourbon whiskey! Just note that the apple cinnamon infused bourbon whiskey and the spiced simple syrup are optional. However, they add the great warm fall flavors that make this fall sangria so special.
Is the Fruit Included In the Nutrition Information For This Whiskey Sangria?
We don’t add in calorie information for the sliced fruit, or from infusing the whiskey. We’re not food scientists and we simply don’t know how something like this would be calculated. While we aren’t entirely sure, we feel that it’s probably a pretty negligible amount of carbs added. Personally, we so we don’t worry about the carbs that the fruit adds. Just be aware that it adds probably a small amount of carbs and calories to your drink that are not included in our nutrition information. You should also add whatever fruit you like, it’s really up to you!
Here’s More Spiced Whiskey Cocktails You Will Love:
- Low Carb Spiced Cranberry Old Fashioned
- Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Sour
- Low Carb Fall Harvest Whiskey Sipper
- Spiked Chai Tea
- Nesting Bowls
- Large Glass Bowl or Pitcher
- Chef’s Knife
- Chopping Block
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Sauce pan
Let’s Make This Fall Harvest Bourbon Whiskey Sangria:
A few days before, we recommend making your Apple Cinnamon infused whiskey. You can simply add cinnamon sticks and apple slices to a mason jar and cover it with your whiskey of choice, and let it infuse for at least 3-4 days. Strain before use and discard the fruit and cinnamon sticks.
When it’s time to make the sangria, start with your spiced simple syrup. It’s extremely simple to make but it should cool down a bit before handling it, so you will want to start with this step first. In a sauce pan, add your spices and toast until fragrant. Then, add your water and let the spices and the water come to a rolling boil. Allow the spices and the water to boil together for 15 minutes. The reason we do this is to get a very strong spice flavor infused into the water.
After the water turns a nice golden brown, it’s ready. Simply remove and discard the spices, and then add your sweetener until it dissolves. You can stir with a spoon to help it along. You do want the water to be quite hot while adding the sweetener. Set aside for it to cool down. That’s it!
Now, assemble the sangria. In a large bowl, pour in a bottle of wine, whiskey to taste, apple cider and your sugar free grenadine.
Add in your fruit, and then add in your spiced simple syrup to taste. We ended up using 1/4 a cup of our spiced sugar free simple syrup.
Allow the mixture to chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving to infuse the fruit. Before serving, you can garnish with cinnamon sticks and star anise to make it extra beautiful!
Serve and enjoy! Feel free to make this a day or so ahead of enjoying! Let us know how much you love this fall harvest whiskey sangria.
Fall Harvest Whiskey Sangria
- 1 bottle red wine of choice
- 8 ounces apple cinnamon infused whiskey (or less, to taste) (see notes to prepare)
- 1/4 cup sugar free keto grenadine (linked below)
- 1/2 cup apple cider or sugar free apple cider (linked below)
- 1 tsp cardamom bitters (optional)
- 1 tsp orange extract (optional)
- 1/2 cup sugar free spiced simple syrup (or to taste) (see notes to prepare)
- cinnamon sticks, apple slices, orange slices, star anise, and cranberries for garnish
- In a large bowl, pour in a bottle of wine, whiskey to taste, apple cider, and your sugar free keto grenadine.
- Add in your fruit, and then add in your spiced simple syrup to taste. We ended up using 1/2 cup of simple syrup.
- Allow the mixture to chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving to infuse the fruit. Before serving, you can garnish with cinnamon sticks and star anise to make it extra beautiful!
- Serve and enjoy! Feel free to make this a day or so ahead of your get together.
A few days before making the bourbon sangria, we recommend making your Apple Cinnamon infused whiskey. You can simply add 4 cinnamon sticks and 1 cut up apple to a mason jar and cover it with 16 oz whiskey of choice, and let it infuse for at least 3-4 days. Strain before use and discard the fruit and cinnamon sticks.
To make the infused simple syrup:
When it’s time to make the sangria, start with your spiced simple syrup. It should cool down a bit before handling it. In a sauce pan, add whole spices to toast until fragrant. We used: 4 cinnamon sticks, 5 whole cardamom pods, 6 cloves, and 3 star anise. You could add as much or as little as you want of each. Add 24 oz water and let the spices and the water come to a rolling boil. Allow the spices and the water to boil together for 15 minutes. The reason we do this is to get a very strong spice flavor infused into the water. After the water turns a nice golden brown, it’s ready. Simply remove and discard the spices, and then add 1 cup of allulose sweetener until it dissolves. You can stir with a spoon to help it along. You do want the water to be quite hot while adding the sweetener. Set aside to cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months.
These nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy and are only estimates. We cannot guarantee the accuracy.