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Sangria

3 Dec

photo courtesy of jess p.

This recipe dates back to the summer- but it was damn good.  A weekend with all your friends… make friday night- let it sit in the fridge over night- and day drink on saturday.  Ah, summer is feeling particularly far away today…. but stay tuned and perhaps i’ll make a winter mulled wine version.

A Bobby Flay Recipe

3/4 cup simple syrup, equal parts sugar and water
2 bottles red wine [we used a boxed wine- called  From the  Tank]
3/4 cup brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
3/4 cup orange juice
2 oranges, sliced into thin round
2 green apples, cored and sliced thin
2 lemons, sliced into thin rounds

Boil water + pour over sugar to dissolve. Cool. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and refrigerate, covered, 2 hours or up to 2 days. Serve over ice.

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Nightcap

13 Oct

This recipe is pretty loose- so play around with it- it is a cocktail after all.  If you don’t have something on the list, don’t worry about it.

Sprinkle of nutmeg
Sprinkle of cloves
Pinch of cinnamon
tiny bit of butter
Couple pinches of brown sugar
2 drops of vanilla extra
tiny bit of maple syrup
milk
dark rum (i think burbon would work nicely too)

In a saucepan, heat some milk.  Watch it- be careful not to burn or bubble over. Put butter in mug- soften in microwave- for 10 seconds.  Add spices and sugar, mix in.  Add a generous splash of rum. Add hot milk.  Add vanilla and syrup.  Keep seasoning to taste.  Enjoy.

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