Just wanted to sneak in a quick post before Thanksgiving… I know I haven’t been super present here or on social media, but it’s been quite hectic with my new role in my dad’s company and with the move. But my guy and I are almost all settled in to our little place, and honestly I feel like I’m on cloud nine :) Just this morning we were painting the living room (in a color called “vanilla mocha”) while listening to Jamie Cullum (one of my favorite artists), and I just felt so absurdly happy. I’ve talked about this a little bit, but I’m finding more and more that the simple moments are what makes life so meaningful. Especially after all of the hardships I’ve faced in the last few years… every moment feels so much sweeter because of it.
And so this Thanksgiving, I’m really focusing on the things that mean the most to me – my boyfriend, my family, my dogs, my friends, and my home. And to all of you, I wish you joy, peace, and happiness for all your days :)
A Festive Fall Sangria
This festive fall sangria is the perfect sip for autumn, made with deep red wine, fresh apple cider, spicy cinnamon, and seasonal fruits.
- 1 750 mL Bottle Garnacha, or Spanish Red Wine
- 1/2 Cup Bitter Amaro
- 1 1/2 Cups Farm Fresh Apple Cider
- Juice from 1 Cara Cara Orange
- Slices from 1 Cara Cara Orange
- 1 Seasonal Fall Apple sliced
- 1 Cup Cranberries
- 1-2 Cinnamon Sticks
Honey Simple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 1/4 Cup Water
To make the honey simple syrup, add the honey and the water to a small saucepan and heat up on medium-low heat until the honey has "melted" into the water. When done, let cool slightly before adding to the sangria.
In a large pitcher (or similarly large vessel), combine the Garnacha, Amaro, cooled honey simple syrup, and apple cider.
Squeeze in the juice from 1 Cara Cara orange, and add in the other orange slices, apple slices, cinnamon sticks, and cranberries.
For best results, let everything "sit" in the fridge for at least an hour. (This helps the flavors of the fruit infuse into the sangria!)
When ready to serve, ladle into glasses and garnish with fresh orange slices.
I didn't put a serving size here because everybody enjoys their sangria in different quantities! But if I had to guess, this sangria will yield about 8-10 moderately-poured wine glasses.
If you make this sangria and post it on Instagram, tag me @wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)
Song of the Day:
My One and Only Love – Jamie Cullum