Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate and Blackberries

autumn-sangria-with-apples-pomegranate-and-blackberriesHappy Halloween, friends!

It’s been a long week, and I’m actually en route to San Francisco right now (WHOOP), so I thought I’d keep things simple today and share some fancy booze and a few of my favorite internet thangs. Casual Friday, if you will.

First, I’d like to introduce you to Autumn Sangria. A badass blend of sliced apples, juicy blackberries, tart pomegranate seeds, red wine and Calvados, this is pretty much the perfect fruity fall cocktail. As you can see, it’s a total looker, and I’m thrilled to inform you that there’s no added sugar (just a drizzle of honey for subtle sweetness), which means your hangover will most likely be semi-manageable. Hallelujah.

If you’re in need of a last minute signature cocktail for your Halloween party/couch menu this evening, this is it, folks. The whole blood red thing is thematically on-point. That said, it would also look quite fetching on your Thanksgiving/Holiday tables in the coming months. Please keep that in mind.

autumn-sangria-with-apples-pomegranate-blackberries-2Moving on to the interwebs!

If you’d like to enjoy some sweet, sweet tunes with your sangria, I highly recommend downloading my friend Brook’s October Mix. It’s masterful. (I’ve been listening to track 8 on a loop for weeks.)

It’s Halloween, which means we can resurrect this gem. For the record, I think I’m probably going to be a sneaky mom.

Once or twice a year, I read this story aloud to Logan. If you do not find it funny, we probably can’t be friends.

JT always slays on SNL, but #2 on this list is one of my favorite videos of all time. “We’re the dancers!”

If you haven’t read this priceless article about goopy Gwyneth, you’re missing out. (Careful, it can be quite polarizing, as documented in this post.)

I affectionately refer to this Twitter feed as “Old Man Twitter” to everyone I know. I’m not sure why I love it so much, but I do.

I’m pretty much always daydreaming about tacos, and these Oven Fried Korean Chicken Tacos look money.

Tumblrs like Drunk J. Crew make me think I should maybe join Tumblr? (“I dint SAY yoo are a bidsh denise.”)

In case you don’t like sangria (WHY?!), perhaps you’d enjoy my girl Joy’s Apple Snap Cocktails?

One of these Sundays, I’m going to throw caution to the wind and get down and dirty with Jess’s Breakfast Burgers with Maple Aoli. I feel like they’d make my roommate all kinds of emotional. 

Speaking of my roommate, I’ll leave you with this video of Logan (as Batman) riding a mechanical bull in Atlantic City exactly one year ago today. You’re welcome.

Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate, and Blackberries: (Serves 2-6, depending on desired level of tipsy/crunk.)

autumn-sangria-with-apples-pomegranate-blackberries-3Ingredients:
1 cup pomegranate arils
1 cup blackberries
1 large apple, thinly sliced
1 tablespoons honey (Yes, you can add more if you like a sweeter cocktail.)
1 cinnamon stick
2/3 cup Calvados (If you’re not familiar, Calvados is an apple brandy. Buy some, you can use it in many things.)
1 bottle red wine (I used a Malbec, but feel free to use a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or whatever red wine you have on hand.)
¾-1 cup chilled club soda (This is optional, but it lightens things up a bit and adds a gentle fizz.)

Preparing your Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate, and Blackberries:

-Place the fruit in a pitcher, along with the honey and cinnamon stick. Pour over the Calvados and red wine, and give everything a stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.

autumn-sangria-with-apples-pomegranate-and-blackberries-tutorial-Stir in a cup of chilled club soda before serving and get after it.

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Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate and Blackberries

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 large apple, thinly sliced
  • 1½ tablespoons honey (Yes, you can add more, if you like things sweet.)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2/3 cup Calvados
  • 1 bottle red wine (I used a Malbec, but feel free to use a Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or whatever red wine you have on hand.)
  • ¾-1 cup chilled club soda (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the fruit in a pitcher, along with the honey and cinnamon stick. Pour over the Calvados and red wine, and give everything a stir. Refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
  2. Stir in a cup of chilled club soda before serving and get after it.
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