Summer’s Spiced Apple Cider Sangria

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I am a total fangirl of Fall. What’s not to love? Fall makes me feel cozy like a nice cashmere sweater… so soft, so pretty… *clears throat* Anyway, since I live in California and it’s still a blazing 90 degrees, It’s not exactly sweater weather. I wasn’t going to let this heat stop me from enjoying this magical time of year, though… Enter the Spiced Apple Cider Sangria. The perfect mixture of refreshing with warm and sweet.

Spices

Sangria is one of those awesome concoctions that are super flavorful and pretty simple to make. The ingredients are interchangeable too. The key to whatever you choose is to let everything really marinate together. Okay… here we go.

Spiced Apple Cider Sangria

1 bottle of Pinot Grigio (it doesn’t have to be fancy, you’re mixing it)

Light Rum, I used about a cupliquids

Apple Cider, About 24 ounces
3-4 apples, I used a variety for color
1 orange, I used 3 generous peels
All Spice, whole or ground*
Cloves, whole*
4 Cinnamon sticks
Ginger Ale

*I used a nice pinch of allspice and a couple of pinches of cloves.

You’ll need a 2 quart or larger pitcher

fruit

Slice your apples.
Mix all remaining ingredients together, except for the ginger ale. Add the apples and seal the pitcher. I like to let mine sit for a day. If you don’t have a day then wait at least 5 hours.

When ready to serve, pour into glasses, add fruit and finish off with a splash of ginger ale. Super yummo!!

Let me know how you guys make your fall Sangria.

Cheers!
me and sangria

Summer

I am an actress, writer, comedian (I use that term very loosely) who is used to spending my nights after a show at the local pub or dive bar. My love for anything nacho and pizza related was apparent to everyone, including my waistline. As an actress your image is important, it is after all part of the job. realizing that my love affair with all the foods needed to come to an end I decided to try and cook my favorites but in a healthier more waistline friendly way. That is when I discovered my new passion, cooking. I have been creating concoctions in my kitchen for over a year now and I have lost 45lbs. I am a happier, healthier version of myself. I still go out after my shows but now with all of my new food knowledge I know how to order. I still catch a glimpse here and there of my forbidden nacho, pizza love, I smile and think fondly of the time we spent together. I can’t wait to share with you my healthy takes on the not so healthy!

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