We are all friends here, yes? YES!
So I must confess to you all that I write this blog post amongst a house that looks like it may or may not have been looted.
Clean laundry baskets waiting to be folded (who has time to fold?), ribbons and gift bags–in total random places for gifts I started to wrap and a full counter of baking supply for cookies the 2,425 cookies I attempted to bake twice this past weekend.
Every year without fail, my holiday prep/shopping game starts off STRONG– and then something happens around Dec. 19th-ish….Panic sets in and the hours vanish like a thief in the night, as I make my “last minute to-do/shopping list” …. Do I have an even amount of gifts for each of the kids???…..Wait, that’s all I got my MOM!?!?…. Have to prep those appetizers too!”
In short, my friends… it’s time for a drink!
And you’re in luck because I have THE PERFECT one– because who doesn’t love a good Sangria!?!
If you are still looking for that perfect holiday sip, I highly recommend this one.
It has all the things a great holiday drink should have–a little sweetness, a little cinnamon spice and a great blend of fruits– I mean it’s basically grown-up fruit salad in a glass 😉
If you want to see James whip this up in under a minute, be sure to check out his latest “Man Made” video on our Facebook page (he’s seriously killing it with these food videos, you guys).
To surviving these last few days of holiday madness!
Holiday Spiced Sangria
- 1 750 ml bottle of red wine
- 2 Cups of Apple Cider
- 2 apples, chopped
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup of cranberries
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 Cup of brandy
- Club Soda
- Maple Syrup (optional, to make the sangria a littles weeter)
- Place the chopped apple, orange slices, cranberries, cinnamon stick in pitcher or jar.
- Add the wine, apple cider, brandy, maple syrup (if using) to the pitcher.
- Chill in the refrigerator for several hours (up to 24 hours).
- Serve mixed with a little bit of seltzer or club soda.