Not much to say about this other than if you are looking for a festive libation for a get together this season, make this! Bring some to your neighbors, friends and family. Sangria makes everyone smile.
A festive adult beverage perfect for the holidays. Makes a perfect hostess gift too!
Inspired and adapted from FoodandWine.com
For the spiced simple syrup:
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
2-3 cinnamon sticks
sliced orange peel (orange part only)
1 inch piece of peeled fresh ginger
1 tsp whole cloves
1/2 tsp whole peppercorns
For the sangria
1 750ml bottle red wine (merlot or cabernet)
1/3 cup simple syrup
juice from 1 orange
1/4 cup rum or brandy
1/4 cup orange flavored liquor (triple sec, Cointreu, Grand Marnier)
sliced oranges, chopped apples (red and green), chopped pears
frozen blackberries for serving
In a saucepan, combine water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, ginger, cloves and peppercorns and bring to a boil. Continue to simmer while stirring and dissolving sugar. Boil until reduced a bit and slightly syrupy, about 15 minutes. Let simple syrup cool, strain and store in a glass jar in refrigerator. (You can use syrup for sangria or to sweeten tea, or sparkling water.)
To make sangria: In a large pitcher combine all ingredients. Let refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for best flavor.
Tip: Great to bring to any holiday party! Save your empty wine bottles and corks (or purchase cute corks) to use as a container for transporting the sangria. Chop the fruit small enough to fit into the bottles and use a funnel to pour sangria into wine bottle. Makes a great hostess gift!
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