Sangria! Treat yourself this weekend!

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Ingredients

For the spiced simple syrup:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • sliced orange peel (orange part only)
  • 1 inch piece of peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp whole peppercorns

For the sangria

  • 1 750ml bottle red wine (Merlot or Cabernet)
  • 1/3 cup simple syrup
  • juice from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup rum or brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange flavored liquor (triple sec, Cointreau, Grand Marnier)
  • sliced oranges, chopped apples (red and green), chopped pears
  • frozen blackberries for serving

Instructions
In a saucepan, combine water, sugar, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, ginger, cloves and peppercorns and bring to a boil. Continue to simmer while stirring and dissolving sugar. Boil until reduced a bit and slightly syrupy, about 15 minutes. Let simple syrup cool, strain and store in a glass jar in refrigerator. (You can use syrup for sangria or to sweeten tea, or sparkling water.)
To make sangria: In a large pitcher combine all ingredients. Let refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for best flavor.

Notes
Tip: Great to bring to any holiday party! Save your empty wine bottles and corks (or purchase cute corks) to use as a container for transporting the sangria. Chop the fruit small enough to fit into the bottles and use a funnel to pour sangria into wine bottle. Makes a great hostess gift!

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Fresh Origins Mint Pineapple Tops

1 oz. Light Rum 

1 oz Blue Curacao

2 oz Pineapple Juice

1/2 Lemon

Pineapple slice or Strawberry

Cup of Ice

Sqeeze Lemon into glass, tear up pieces of Fresh Origins Mint Pineapple Tops and toss in. Muddle this mixture, add ice, Rum, Blue Curacao, and stir. Garnish with a pineapple slice or strawberry, lemon wedge and Fresh Origins Mint Pineapple Tops.Image

Cider Rum Punch

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Cider Rum Punch

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces dark rum
  • 3 ounces lemon juice
  • 4 ounces thyme simple syrup
  • 12 ounces apple cider
  • 4 ounces water
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • 8 dashed of Angostura Bitters
  • sprigs of thyme, garnish
  • apple wheels, garnish

Prep:

  1. To make thyme simple syrup, combine 2 cups sugar, 1 1/2 cups of water and 6 thyme sprigs in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring up to a boil and reduce to simmer, until the sugar has fully dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and place the syrup in the fridge to cool.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a large picture or carafe with ice and stir.
  3. Fill your glasses with crushed ice and fill. Place a sprig of thyme inside and put an apple wheel on the rim.
  4. Serves 6.