#FridayCocktail – Goodbye Dog Days
Mid-August and a chill is already in the air. Hopefully, Mother Nature will grace us with a few more warm, sultry summer days but the dog days are probably already behind us – sigh. So, what do we drink when the mercury falls a little below summer temperatures? Let’s try a cool weather twist on a summer favourite.
Apple Cider Sangria
Makes a pitcher, about 5-6 servings
Spiced Apple Cider:
2 cups apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 orange slices (rounds)
1 bottle Spanish red wine
2 cups spiced apple cider (see preparation below)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup brandy
First, prepare your spiced apple cider by mixing above ingredients (Spiced Apple Cider) in a saucepan.
Bring to a simmer, remove from heat and cool completely.
Strain your mixture.
Add spiced apple cider to a pitcher 1/2 filled with ice.
Add red wine, orange juice and brandy.
Garnish with orange rounds and cinnamon sticks.