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Come Party With Me: My Half Birthday — Drinks

Months ago, I ripped this recipe for rose sangria out of Food and Wine magazine. The recipe has haunted me — I've tried to make it several times, but on each occasion, I've run into problems. The first shot I didn't realize the syrup needed a night to macerate. The second try I thought I had Port in my wine rack, but didn't. The third attempt I could no longer find fresh cranberries at the local market. However, I've decided I WILL make it for my half birthday picnic. There is plenty of time between now and then for me to make sure I have all of the necessary ingredients. A batch can be whipped up in advance and kept chilled in a cooler on the ride out to the Hog Island Oyster Company farm.

Besides the sangria, I'll pack beer, water, and champagne. To look at the recipe,

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Rosé Sangria With Cranberries and Apples

Rosé Sangria With Cranberries and Apples

Rosé Sangria With Cranberries and Apples

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  4. 1 large cinnamon stick
  5. 4 allspice berries
  6. 3 whole cloves
  7. 1 star anise pod
  8. 2 cups cranberries
  9. 2 Granny Smith apples, diced
  10. One 750-milliliter bottle Spanish rosé
  11. 1/3 cup ruby port
  12. 1/3 cup Cointreau
  13. 1/3 cup cranberry juice
  14. Ice cubes, for serving

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, mix the water, sugar, crushed red pepper, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and star anise. Simmer the syrup over moderately low heat for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain into a bowl and add the cranberries and apples. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Strain the fruit, reserving the spiced syrup.
  4. In a large pitcher, mix the rosé with the port, Cointreau, cranberry juice, fruit, and 3/4 cup of the spiced syrup. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Serve over ice.

Serves 12.

Make Ahead: the sangria can be refrigerated for up to 6 hours.

SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
Mmm, sounds yummy!
Food Food 8 years
Party, I'm curious to know when you wind up finding fresh cranberries. I want to get some, too, but haven't managed to find them anywhere lately!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
These sound great!
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