Black Widow Cocktail

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It’s almost the weekend, and its almost the weekend before Halloween so you know what that means.  I’ll be sipping this concoction from the comfort of my home and avoiding all of the ‘adults’ out and about partying this weekend.  But if you’re hosting a shin-dig or looking to celebrate with some boo-ze try this cocktail!  It’s super simple and so good and doesn’t have to be enjoyed just around Halloween.

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Black Widow Cocktail

3 pints of blackberries

1/2 cup water

1//4 cup sugar

Vodka

Ice

Extra blackberries for garnish

Begin by placing the blackberries and water in a blender.  Blend well and strain.  Add the blackberry juice and sugar and bring to a simmer.  Cook until the sugar dissolves.  For each drink, combine 6 ounces of blackberry syrup, 2 ounces of vodka, and ice in a glass.  Stir well.  Garnish with fresh berries.

 

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You could get even spookier by adding a cube of dry ice to the glass before serving!  So sinister!  Note that if you are using dry ice to take the proper precautions.   As always, have a safe and spooky Halloween!

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Cheers!

 

 

Autumn Sangria

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The temperatures have finally dropped and it finally feels like fall! I love fall! Until the first snow lands, of course.  Not that I need an excuse to make a pitcher of sangria, but this Autumn Sangria is the perfect thing to sip on during these colorful and brisk fall months.  Also, isn’t the word autumn fabulous? And you can describe autumn things by using an even better word, autumnal!

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This recipe came about, not from necessity, but from an idea to make our favorite sangria taste seasonal.  My sister, Ally, and I love to visit Rockwell Republic in downtown Grand Rapids not only for their fantastic sushi and happy hour deals, but also for their mixed sangria.  I’m not sure exactly what their recipe is, but this tastes similar, with a fall twist.

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Autumn Sangria

1 cup Crown Royal Apple

1 cup pomegranate juice

1 cup red wine (use dry or sweet depending on your taste)

1 cup crisp, dry white wine (this helps the apple flavor pop)

1 cinnamon stick

1 each honey-crisp apple, nectarine, plum, pear

1/2 cup apple juice

1 bottle prosecco or champagne

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In a large pitcher, combine the crown, juices, and wines.  Heat the cinnamon stick over heat until fragrant and add in.  Feel free to cut the fruit however you like to munch on it, but I sliced them super thin on a mandolin which helped the fruit to absorb the flavors faster.  Add the fruit and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Fill with several ice cubes and top with a bottle of bubbly!  Serve with your favorite friends around a cozy bonfire.

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Cheers!