Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Apple Cider Sangria

We just returned from Crested Butte, Colorado. Land of wonder. Land of the largest aspen tree stand in the United States. Land of endless miles of quiet hiking trails through stunning wilderness. And let us not forget the tamales and tacos at Teocalli because they are darn good. Every time we leave Crested Butte, I become a little more committed to staying. We were one rationality away from going back to Boulder, picking up the dog, packing up, and turning back around to stay in the Butte for good. The rationality? Maybe Blake should finish school first. Maybe. But tomorrow's blog post may be titled "When Blake quit law school and we move to the Butte."

In Crested Butte, we celebrated 1 year of marriage. If you had told me seven years ago when I met Blake, a wild, moderately charming freshmen in college, that he would be my husband, I would have smiled. Because while he was only moderately charming, he was endlessly interesting. Even as a wild freshman, he wanted to learn everything and explore it all. I wanted to explore it all with him and now I get to everyday. That's worth celebrating and celebrate we did.

On of my commitments in our marriage is to continue to keep it exciting, keep celebrating. Coming back from Crested Butte and back to the grind is always hard so to ease the pain I made apple cider sangria. Why do we need a special occasion to enjoy a celebratory drink? I sure don't. Sangria on a Monday makes for a good Monday. No reason we can't have a little fun and keep the celebration going. This is the perfect fall drink. Pears and apples soaked in apple cider, white wine, and brandy transforms sangria from summer to fall. Make some and enjoy the fun.

Apple Cider Sangria
Adapted from How Sweet It Is

2 apples, chopped
2 pears, chopped
1 bottle of white wine (pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc would work well)
2 1/2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup brandy
1 cup club soda

Mix together apples, pears, wine, apple cider, and brandy in a pitcher. Let sit for a least 1 hour and up to 6 hours. Right before drinking add the club soda and mix.

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