Guest Post: Christmas Eve Cocktails!

Friend and soon-to-be Austinite, Danielle, made some festive yuletide libations that were such a hit at a gathering she hosted in Nashville, that she wanted to share! Cheers!

Apple Cider Sangria
For the holidays, I wanted to create something extra festive for my guests.  This sangria is super easy and a definite crowd pleaser! 
To a create a cinnamon infused simple syrup, add 1 cup of water and cinnamon sticks in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 10 minutes, and strain out cinnamon sticks. Stir in 1 cup of sugar until dissolved and set aside.  [Note: this will make a little more than you'll need, but you can save for other festive holiday drinks!]

In a large pitcher or beverage dispenser, mix together Pinot Grigio, cider, brandy, club soda, and 3-4 tablespoons [adjust to your taste] of cinnamon infused simple syrup. Stir well.  Add a handful of cranberries, sliced apples, with a little thyme and chill for 2 hours or more.  Serve chilled and add a fresh sprig of thyme for garnish. Cheers!

-Danielle Johnson [@mrstrackeratx]

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