January 4, 2016

#BostonPotluck : Apple Cider Sangria

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One thing I want to do a little more of in this space is talk about food. I love to cook (and eat!), so I want to share a little bit about that here.

I partnered up with some awesome Boston bloggers to bring you a virtual potluck! There have been some great recipes from the group:

Follow along the potluck on social media with the hashtag #BostonPotluck!

I’m the final installment of this series, and I’m sharing with you a recipe for Apple Cider Sangria. I also had cranberries in my fridge (who doesn’t around the holidays?!), so I added them to the recipe and noted the optional changes.

When you’re playing hostess, there’s a lot to do. You can cross “bartender” off of your list by making a batch of this sangria for guests to help themselves to! Be forewarned: this recipe makes a LOT of sangria.

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Apple Cider Sangria

  • 2-750 mL bottles of pinot grigio
  • 2 cups cabernet sauvignon
  • 2 cups apple schnapps (red apple schnapps… whatever you do, do not use green apple schnapps)
  • 1 pint fresh apple cider
  • 6-pack of hard cider of your choice
  • 4 apples
  • Optional: About 3-4 nips Smirnoff Kissed Caramel vodka. This adds some serious sweetness, so add and taste as you go.
  1. Chop the apples. I like to leave the skin on for crunch and nutrition…because this is a healthy drink after all! Either add the apples to the pitcher now, or reserve to add at the end. Go wild, this is sangria and you can’t mess it up!
  2. Combine the first four ingredients in a pitcher, adding the caramel vodka if you choose to use it.
  3. Top each glass off with hard cider.

For the cran-apple variation: I added a cup of fresh whole cranberries, and decreased the apples by two. I substituted cranberry vodka for the caramel vodka, and also used a cranberry hard cider. A splash of 100% cranberry juice would have been nice too!

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Also as part of the #BostonPotluck, five readers have a chance to win one of eleven cookbooks from The Harvard Common Press, including Paleo Planet, Good Cheap Eats in 30 Minutes (or Less!), Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook, and more! Enter here:

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There are tons of ways to enter, so take advantage of this! The winners will be chosen on January 11, 2016.

Wine glasses: Crate & Barrel (I got them five years ago, but they always have them in this shape, which is perfect for when I inevitably break one or three) / Pitcher: Similar / Butcher block: Similar

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