Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Spiced Apple Cider Sangria & Scenes from Turkey Day

Get ready!  Here come the Thanksgiving posts!  I know this stuff probably won't help you this year, but I can link to it next year to give you turkey day ideas!  Plus, I wanted to share some pics from our day!  And I thought it was only fitting that I began with cocktails!

This sangria was so yummy!  It was a fun drink to have for fall.  It was sweet, but not too sweet. 

Spiced Apple Cider Sangria
Makes one large pitcher
Fall! Doubling this recipe is highly recommended!

For the Spiced Apple Cider:
2 cups apple cider (the real stuff - opaque in color & found in the refrigerator section)
1/3 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
2 orange slices (rounds)
For the Spiced Apple Cider Sangria:
1 bottle inexpensive Spanish red wine
2 cups spiced apple cider (recipe above)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup brandy


For the Spiced Apple Cider:
Mix together all ingredients in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and then remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain before using.
For the Spiced Apple Cider Sangria:
Mix ingredients together in a large pitcher and garnish with orange wheels and cinnamon sticks. To serve, pour over ice.

Corey's sister Laura & boyfriend Niko

my sis Brooke

Corey's sister Kelly
rolling out the homemade noodles my mom makes

an amazing roasted pear salad with blue cheese & cranberries that Corey's mom made

they fried the turkeys this year again and it were the most amazing turkey i've ever had!  I'm not usually a turkey person, too dry, but this was sooo moist and flavorful

My mom brought this marshmallow vodka so we made white russian's with it - Yum!

Corey and his dad being goofy

my sis, mom, & me

my sweet boy exhausted from all the attention

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