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Seasonal Sangria Two Ways: Pinot Grigio, Merlot

Same cocktail, different fruits. If you find yourself missing summer, get into the fall spirit with seasonal sangria. Apples, cinnamon, cranberries, spices, pumpkins, and pears are all celebrated fall ingredients, and can easily be incorporated into homemade seasonal sangria. Release your inner mixologist and make it your own by mixing and matching fruit as desired. For our first seasonal sangria, let’s make an apple cider flavored sangria with a mild white wine base, we recommend Pinot Grigio.  To start, fill a large pitcher with sliced apples, lemons, and oranges. Add three cups of apple cider, two bottles of ginger beer, and one bottle of white wine. Chill until ready to serve. Pour into mason jar and garnish with a cinnamon stick for an extra layer of flavor.

Autumn bourbon sangria with apples, orange, pears and cinnamon

Another great fall drink recipe is the autumn bourbon sangria. Cut one apple, plum, orange, and pear, and place in a pitcher. Add one bottle Malbec wine (or another full-bodied red), ½ cup bourbon whisky, and ½ cup pure apple juice. Cover and chill for six hours. Through chilling, the fruit are able to marinate in the wine longer, fusing alcohol into the fruit. Sip, then chew. These Malbec soaked fruit are irresistible. Garnish with a cinnamon stick for a heighten spice factor. Seasonal sangria!

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