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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Holiday Sangria

National Sangria day falls on the 20th of December every year. Adding cinnamon and spices into a delicious drink mix helps add that festive touch. The wine, fizz from ginger ale and cranberries to boot makes this a wonderful holiday treat.
Keep in mind to drink responsible and don't drink and drive

3 cups red wine
2 cups port
1 cup orange juice
1 cup simple syrup (recipe below)
Ginger ale
1 tart green apple and 1 orange (chopped)
Fresh rosemary

Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 cinnamon stick
2 cardamom pods
4 cloves
1 rosemary twig

Start by making the spiced cranberry simple syrup. The fresh cranberries need to soak in the simple syrup 24 hours before using them, so make the syrup the day prior. Add the sugar and water to a small sauce pan and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add in all the remaining ingredients, cover and let cool. Once the syrup and pan have cooled, place in the refrigerator and chill overnight or up to 24 hours.

Discard the cinnamon stick, clove, cardamom and rosemary. Strain the syrup into a pourable container. Place the cranberries on a large plate or towel, sprinkle white sugar on them and set them aside to dry.

In a large pitcher, stir together the wine, port, orange juice and simple syrup. To each glass add cranberries, a few chopped apples, oranges and a cube or two of ice. Fill the glasses about 2/3rds full with the wine mixture and top off with ginger ale. Add one little sprig of rosemary to each glass. Enjoy!

recipe source here

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