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Sexy Wine, Lazy Sangria, or Delusions of “Healthy Drinking”

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Sometimes we just want to feel special and fancy.

Sometimes we just want to spice things up.

Or

Sometimes we are just too lazy to make sangria

Well, I was thrilled and inspired by my friend, Carly, the other night. She had a few girls over to catch up and see her new house. When we arrived, we were all intrigued with a beautiful plate of fruit and adornments that she had placed next to the open bottles of wine. All of us were excited to dress up our simple glasses of reds and whites, to resemble something more sophisticated and sexy.

What really caught my eye was the sugared rosemary. I was totally enamored with the idea of such conflicting flavors, not to mention that it looked like a little frozen branch of evergreen to compliment a winter drink. This concept was so simple yet sophisticated.

I also preferred to think that I was totally making my wine more healthy, therefore part of my diet. I will continue to believe this every time I slip out of compliance, for that is what makes me happy!

Whether you are hosting a girls night out, Valentine’s Day dinner, or a cozy night in by the fire, I highly encourage you to sexify your wine. It just makes you feel more special!

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Ingredients: (You can be more creative, feel free to add or change)

  • Pomegranate Seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • 1 starfruit, sliced
  • 2 oranges, sliced (I used Cara Cara oranges)
  • 1 pint of raspberries
  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 1 pint of strawberries, sliced
  • 8-10 small sprigs of rosemary
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • spray bottle of water
  • Wine of your choice, red or white (I used Prosecco & Pinot Noir)

Preparation:

  • Wash & dry all fruit.
  • Remove the seeds from the pomegranate.
  • Slice the oranges, starfruit, and strawberries.
  • Spritz the rosemary with water.
  • Dredge each sprig through the sugar, shaking off the excess.
  • Arrange on a platter and open wine.

Mixing the Drink:

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  • Place desired fruit in the bottom of the wine glass.
  • Pour selected wine over the fruit.
  • Enjoy!

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  • Repeat with each refill. You can keep the same fruit in your glass, or snack on the fruit and add more with each serving of wine.

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Caramel Haze Martini

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Sadly, summer is over, and it’s time to pack away the flip flops and margaritas. The end of summer is usually a period of mourning in my house, until I realize just how much I love my favorite, broken-in jeans and Uggs. Pair those with a blazing fire and a nice, belly warming cocktail, and I’m a happy girl again.

While I am absolutely in love with summer, I secretly have a crush on fall. Seriously, the weather is perfect, the wardrobe is comforting, and the great foods are bountiful. It is as if fall is a flavor in itself, and if I had to pick a liqueur that was the perfect embodiment of the taste of fall, I would choose Rum Chata. If you haven’t had it, you are missing out. Plus, it’s really fun to say. It’s a creamy bath of sweet, spicy, exotic rum, the perfect pair for fall flavors. Now, imagine this exotic goodness, paired with hazelnut and salted caramel. Are you imagining this? Your next drink, needs to be this martini!

Caramel Haze Martini

cocktail

Ingredients:

3 oz. Rum Chata

1 oz. Smirnoff Caramel Vodka

1 oz. Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur

Caramel syrup

A pinch of sea salt

 

Preparation:

Pour ingredients into a shaker, and shake until blended.

Prepare a martini glass by drizzling caramel syrup in a spiral inside the glass. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

drizzle

Carefully pour the martini into the glass, and serve immediately.

Toast to fall and all things cozy, then enjoy!

 

BUT THATS NOT ALL!!

My foodie friend Colleen, from Souffle Bombay gathered a group of us together for a fun post about the flavors of Fall PLUS hold on to your hats!! We are giving away a GORGEOUS Kitchen Aid 5QT Professional Stand Mixer! Who’s feelin’ lucky?

Get ready for some serious deliciousness coming your way! Things like DIY Maple & Apple Breakfast Sausage, a colorful Layered Potato Gratin, hearty Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup, delicious Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, super-fun & seasonal Apple Cider Jello Shots , Mini Cheesecakes with Mini Caramel Apple Pops and so much more!

If you are looking for more awesome fall flavors, check out these awesome recipes here:

Breakfast

Maple & Apple Pork Breakfast Sausage Patties from Courtney’s Sweets

Roasted Pumpkin, Gruyère and Spinach Quiche from Afropolitan Mom

 

Soups

Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup from Giggles Gobbles & Gulps

Farm Fresh Broccoli & Cheese Soup from How Does Your Garden Grow

Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup from O’ Boy Organic

Squash Soup in Pumpkin Bowls from A Day In Our Shoes

Roasted Root Vegetable & Apple Soup from Momma Lew

 

Entrees

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese from The Good Mama

Vegan Portobello Pizzas from Busy Bee Kate

 

Sides

Layered Potato Gratin from Girl Gone Mom

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Roasted Vegetables & Bacon from The Vintage Mom

 

Desserts

Cinnamon Swirl Cake from A Grande Life

Mini Cheesecakes with Mini Caramel Apple Pops from Souffle Bombay

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pie from Mom Blog

 

Cocktails

Caramel Haze Martini from The Fabulous Fairy

Apple Cider Gelatin Shots from Can’t Google Everything

Salted Caramel Appletini from How I Pinch A Penny

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Fall Apple and Pear Sangria

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Just because its fall does not mean that you have to abandon fruity cocktails. This recipe allows you to hang on to a fabulous fancy drink, while embracing the flavors of fall. I made this for a harvest girls’ night out, but it would also work well for a Sunday Funday football gathering. I also plan to add it to my Thanksgiving menu this year. The added bonus is that the potency of the wine is cut by the fruit, soda, juice, so it is a nice cocktail to sip on throughout a party. So sit back, sip away, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

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Fall Apple & Pear Sangria

Ingredients:
1 bottle of white wine (I used a sweet white blend)
3 cups of apple cider
1 cup of club soda
1/2 cup of brandy
2 chunks of fresh ginger cut into 1 inch pieces
2 apples (I used Pink Lady)
2 pears (I used Bosh & Anjou)

Preparation:
1. In a saucepan, simmer the apple cider and ginger for about 5-7 minutes. Remove the ginger and set aside to cool.
2. Meanwhile, mix the wine, club soda, & brandy in a large pitcher.
3. Wash the apples and pears, and then slice horizontally through the core, creating thin large circles. Remove any
seeds. Set aside.
4. Add the cooled cider to the pitcher and mix well.
5. Add the sliced fruit and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. You can make it up to several hours ahead.