Autumn Sangria for the Holidays

Best Autumn Sangria for the Holidays

Nothing beats a little Sangria for the Holidays!

The flavors of Fall come together in this delicious Sangria just in time for the Holidays.

Best Autumn Flavored Sangria for the Holidays

The flavors of Fall make some of the best cocktails, but they make a magical combination in this Autumn sangria. It’s great to serve up at the holidays, or for a quiet dinner with the family or some friends.

There are different ways you can make Sangria. You can do it with either Red or White wine. You can make it fruity or a bit spicy like a Mulled Wine. In this Autumn sangria, the mixture of pear, apple, orange, and pomegranate flavors offer a fragrant bouquet and delicious taste. We also added a bit of cinnamon to give it a little extra something.

As for the wine, I suggest using a Cabernet Sauvignon if you want a dry, milder wine or a Merlot for a nice bite and bolder tasting sangria. Also, don’t break the bank on an expensive bottle of wine for sangria. The wine will absorb the flavors of what you add to it, so go cheap and save yourself some money. Sangria can make simple table wine go a long way.

This is how you make our Autumn Sangria!

 

Autumn Sangria

Yields: 6 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Red Wine
  • 2 Ounces Grand Marnier
  • 2 Ounces Pomegranate Liqueur
  • Pomegranate Simple Syrup
  • 1 Pear [Sliced]
  • 1 Apple[Sliced]
  • 1 Orange [Sliced]
  • ½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • 2 Sticks Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Sticks for Garnish
Pomegranate Simple Syrup:

  • ½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Sugar

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pomegranate Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, mix together ½ cup water with sugar and ½ cup of pomegranate seeds. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat to cool completely. Strain into a container and discard the pomegranate seeds in the bin. Set aside for sangria recipe.

Autumn Sangria: Cut up the pear, apple, and orange into thin slices. Add the fruit slices, remaining pomegranate seeds, cinnamon sticks, Grand Marnier, pomegranate liqueur, and pomegranate simple syrup to a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Top with 1 bottle of red wine. Stir together again, and refrigerate overnight. Serve in a stemless wine glass and garnish with cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 150 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 16 Protein (g) 0.5 Sodium (mg) 10

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5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love [And You Will Too!]

It’s time to get cozy by the fire

This time of year is perfect for sitting around the fire with friends and family. It’s a place to share company, laughter, stories, and cocktails. Grab some logs and grab some bottles, cause you are going to want to try all 5 of these great fireside cocktails that we [absolutely] love!

THE AWESOME FIRESIDE COCKTAILS THAT WE LOVE  [AND YOU WILL TOO!]

 


 

Spiked Mulled Cider

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Spiked Mulled Cider

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

It just wouldn’t be Fall without Mulled Cider, and our recipe for spiked mulled cider is sure to get the fire pit party started. Folks have been spiking mulled cider with hootch for generations, and we’re keeping the tradition alive with these variations of the mulled cider recipe.

 

Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate

Image / Recipe from // Chowhound

This Nutella packed hot chocolate delight is just what our inner child has been asking for in a fireside cocktail! It makes a great little Nightcap to sip in front of the fireplace on a cold night.

 

Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Old Fashioned Hot Toddy

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

Curling up with a nice Hot Toddy is one great way to get cozy by the fire. It’s kind of like magic. This wondrous mixture of whiskey and tea warms the body and the soul at the same time.

 

Apple Cider Whiskey Sour

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Apple Cider Whiskey Sour

Image / Recipe from // Boulder Locavore

Give your classic Whiskey Sour an Autumn twist! The cinnamon syrup in this Spiced Apple Cider Whiskey Sour adds just the right amount of extra kick to the already spiced cocktail. Try using the spice recipe of our Spiked Mulled Cider for the spiced cider!

 

Salted Caramel White Russian

5 Great Fireside Cocktails That We Love - Salted Caramel White Russian

Image / Recipe from // Kate La Vie

An Iced cocktail might seem different for a fireside cocktail, but hear us out. Salted Caramel is as Fall as Pumpkin Spice, and this Salted Caramel upgrade to the White Russian will have you saying “YASSS!”

 

 

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You'll want to pucker up for this Amaretto Cranberry Kiss

Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

It’s time to upgrade from a simple Vodka Cranberry

The Cranberry Kiss melds the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry juice and the smoothness of vodka.

Brio Smart Life Drink of the week: Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss

Also referred to as the Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss, this Drink of the Week recipe was adapted from Meredith Deeds & Carla Snyder’s 8 servings recipe at Bon Appetit. This fall cocktail found a way to mellow out the sweetness of Amaretto with the tangy bite of cranberry and citrus juices and the smooth feel of vodka.

Like most young folks who don’t know any better, my first cocktail at a bar was a Vodka Cranberry. I figured it’s tart and sweet, why not! Of course, my cocktail palate has grown from there, but I still sometimes find myself finding ways to mix vodka and cranberry juice together in a cocktail. One of those ways was a Valentine’s Day cocktail I dubbed the Sweet Loven’ Martini. The Cranberry Kiss is the next upgrade from the simple Vodka Cranberry.

Now if you don’t like sweet cocktails – sorry mate – this one ain’t for you. While it’s not extra sweet, some folks like me find Amaretto very sweet. That’s why you need something with a tang, like cranberry juice, to cut down on the sweet factor. Using freshly squeezed orange juice can also help cut down the sweetness by not introducing any added sugar to your cocktail. That added sugar is what can also cause a nasty hangover if you aren’t too careful.

[You might want to try one of these treats to offset that hangover if you are going to be drinking a lot of fruity sugary drinks.]

You all know by now, as long as it isn’t Aristocrat, I’m not that picky with my choice of Vodka. I save my snobbery for Whiskey, like a lady. We recently stocked up the liquor cabinet for Hurricane Matthew, that’s headed our way this weekend. Riding out a Cat 2 storm just isn’t the same if you don’t have a Hurricane Party. So I picked up a bottle of Svedka. Svedka is one of those great value brand vodkas that won’t break the bank. They also specialize in fruit-flavored vodkas, so keep that in mind for the future. Hint-Hint. Nudge-Nudge.

Now let’s show you how you make a Cranberry Kiss!

 

Cranberry Kiss

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1¹⁄³ Ounces Vodka
  • 2²⁄³ Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • 2/3 Ounce Amaretto
  • 2/3 Ounce Orange Juice
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Cranberry Kiss: Pour all the ingredients into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake for about 20 seconds, or until the drink is properly chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 158.01 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20.76 Carbohydrates (g) 18.31 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9.53 Protein (g) 0.06 Sodium (mg) 1.6

How to make an Amaretto-Cranberry Kiss via the Brio Smart Life Blog

 

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10 Autumn Cocktail Creations You Should Drink This Fall

We are absolutely excited for Fall and here’s why!

Whether you call it Fall or Autumn, the season is upon us [even if the temperature don’t feel like it yet]. It’s time to get excited about all things fall, and that includes cocktails. Check out some of our top picks for Autumn cocktail creations to indulge in this season.

Check out some of our top picks for fall cocktail creations to indulge in this season

 


 

Spiked Mulled Cider

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Spiked Mulled Cider

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the week

Traditional Mulled Cider is typically nonalcoholic, and you can serve this recipe as such to the kiddies in the house. It can also be served hot or over ice. For our spiked mulled cider, we chose to add in dark rum for one and bourbon for the other. Both came out delicious.

Pumpkin Spiced Horchata

Autumn Cocktail Creations -

Image / Recipe from // Slim Pickins Kitchen

If there was a cocktail that embodied getting “White Girl Wasted” Fall style, it would be this Pumpkin Spiced Horchata. It might be the most complex drink to make in our line up, but this Fall remake of a classic Mexican Horchata is worth the work.

Sandeman Ciderhouse Sangria

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Sandeman Ciderhouse Sangria

Image / Recipe from // liquor.com

Been anxiously awaiting apple season? Try a little digestif with your next batch of crisp. Port is an unlikely friend of apple cider, rye whiskey and maple syrup. But the best part of this big-batch party pleaser is the boozy apples and pears you can munch on after the batch is fully infused.

Apple Cider Mojito

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Apple Cider Mojito

Image / Recipe from // Jo-Lynne Shane

Not all Fall Seasonal cocktails need to be served hot. This Apple Cider Mojito is the perfect on ice cocktail for autumn! The apple and cinnamon fusion in this cocktail gives you all the best flavors of fall in a mason jar, but with the sophistication of a mojito.

Ginger Snap Cocktail

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Ginger Snap Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // PopSugar

These gingersnaps pack a punch! This simple 3 ingredient cocktail takes everything you love about ginger snap cookies and turns it into liquid deliciousness. Dunk a ginger snap in this puppy if you dare!

Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum

Image / Recipe from // Carrie Robinson Frugal Foodie Mama

September marks the beginning of Pumpkin Spice everything season! Hot buttered rum is a fall classic, and with the rise of Pumpkin Spice season, the two were going to meet eventually. If you are a fan of the PSL then you will love this Pumpkin Chai Hot Buttered Rum.

Apple Pie Shine

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Apple Pie Shine

Image / Recipe from // tbps.

It wouldn’t be Fall without Apple Pie…shine that is. Apple Pie moonshine is a Southern treat, and is typically made in the Fall to Winter months. Shine isn’t for the faint of heart, as it is knock you off your feet strong. You can even drink it hot or cold. It really is like Fall in a glass!

Washington Apple

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Washington Apple

Image / Recipe from // liquor.com

Cranberry and Apple are two of the most classic fall flavors, and this cocktail uses them well. This cocktail is great for those easing their way into the realm of Canadian Whiskey. The apple and cranberry flavors pair delightfully with a light whiskey and makes it easy to drink.

Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Autumn Cocktail Creations - The Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

Image / Recipe from // Farm Wife Drinks

If Cinnabon had a boozy baby it would be this Cinnamon Roll cocktail. Just top with whipped cream and cinnamon and you have yourself a real treat!

Sandeman Ciderhouse Punch

Autumn Cocktail Creations - Sandeman Ciderhouse Punch

Image From // ShesCookin / Recipe from // Jonathan Pogash, aka the Cocktail Guru

The elegant flavor palette of this port gives this seasonal puch the One – Two knock out. The bright citrus, ginger, and apple flavors give this fall cocktail just the right amount of yummy goodness that will give your next holiday party life.

 

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