Cheers to the freakin’ weekend people! This week has been a doozey, with news a volcano in Yosemite could soon erupt (ending all life on earth, NBD) to North Korea militarizing, to the sad events in Las Vegas last week, I think we could all use a drink. And I have just the thing.
This is my favorite sangria to make throughout the cooler months because it has apple cider and cinnamon infused spiced rum, giving it all the warm and fuzzy flavors without being overly sweet.
Are you guys doing anything fun this weekend? We are headed up to PA to Mike’s grandparents for the night, where we will get our butts whooped in Scrabble (his Grandmom is the Scrabble queen), eat something delicious and maybe drink this sangria. Tomorrow we are headed to an apple festival to do ALL of the fall things. The apple festival bucket list includes; eat apple cider donuts, drink some hot apple cider, peruse all the crafts and maybe make Mike take some kind of basic fall photo with me, though I won’t hold my breath on that one.
While traditional sangria usually calls for brandy and orange juice, we are using cider and spiced rum here. I actually thought ahead for once- about a week ago I threw a few cinnamon sticks into it a jar filled with spiced rum and let it sit for the week, making the already spiced rum, even more cinnamon-y. It turned out really well so I plan on making more infused booze this week- more recipes to come on that! BUT if you don’t just happen to have a jar full of booze and cinnamon sticks sitting in your pantry currently, not to worry! You can still make this will regular old Captain Morgan spiced rum or plain dark rum of any kind OR even bourbon would be delish!
I hope you guys have the best weekend, and while the news is grim, I have to believe that there is more good than bad, more kind people than shitty people, more positive vibes than negative vibes. Silver lining, glass half-full type stuff. Sending you all the positivity and all of the sangria this weekend!
- 1 bottle of red wine (I used a Malbec. Use something blog and on the dry side. You don't want it to be too sweet.)
- 1 cup apple cider
- ½ cup triple sec
- ½ cup spiced rum or bourbon
- 2 apples sliced thin
- 2 oranges sliced thin
- 1 lime sliced
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- Slice all the fruit and place in the bottom of a large pitcher.
- Add the cinnamon sticks and the pinch of ground cinnamon.
- Pour in the wine, triple sec, rum, and apple cider.
- Stir and let sit for an at least an hour before serving (over night is even better!)