Back in 2019, in the time before the pandemic, I was making Thanksgiving dinner for 14 people. I was on the Jason show and shared some of my Thanksgiving tips, tricks, and hacks. One of my best hacks is to have a signature cocktail ready for guests. This year I will be cooking for 7 but having cocktails for 10 so I am making an apple rosemary sangria as the signature cocktail. This cocktail is pretty and allows you to use what’s pretty in nature to garnish the glasses. Get a gold or silver vintage tray and line your glasses and carafe on the tray so when guests come it’s an easy pour and garnish situation. And don’t forget to check out my other favorite cocktail recipes.
- 2 cinnamon sticks (plus more for serving)
- 2 Honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced
- 1 (750 ml) bottle Pinot Grigio
- 3 c apple cider
- 1/2 c brandy
- 1/2 cup Rosemary Simple Syrup
- Club soda
Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Leaves from 2 sprigs of Rosemary
Make Rosemary Simple Syrup.
Combine water, sugar, and rosemary leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let syrup steep, about 30 minutes.
Place fruit in a large pitcher. Add wine, apple cider, brandy, and Rosemary syrup and allow to sit in the refrigerator 6-8 hours.
Pour the sangria into glasses. Top with a splash of club soda.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick. and a sprig of Fresh Rosemary
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