* For 21+ only. This post was sponsored by 14 Hand Winery. As always, all opinions are my own.
I can’t believe I’m even thinking about talking about fall right now (summer is still here for another week and a half people!), but hey…someone’s gotta be looking ahead and preparing us for all the yummy fall libations. #yourewelcome
14 Hands Winery recently sent me their Hot to Trot Smooth Red Blend to try try in honor of their
Run Free Road Trip coming to Denver, and I couldn’t help but be inspired to whip up a batch of fall inspired sangria. In an effort to give summer it’s proper respect, as we transition into fall, I wanted to come up with a recipe that paired both summer and fall fruits, but also complimented the tasting notes of this great red blend. I immediately thought of ripe summer cherries and crisp fall apples, when I created this yummy Cherry Apple Fall Sangria. The black cherry not only reminds me of summer, but also compliments the black cherry flavor notes in this blend, while the crisp apple flavors lend themselves to the upcoming fall season, while also speaking to the notorious Washington apples that are so prevalent in the region where 14 Hands wine is made.
You’ll find that a lot of American sangria recipes call for adding sweeteners like brandy or triple sec. You will not find that here. True European sangria doesn’t have those add-ins, and I believe that the Europeans were on to something. Instead, I added lemon Italian soda, which adds dimension to this cocktail, without taking away from the flavor of the wine.
Cherry Apple Fall Sangria
2 Honeycrisp or Fuji apples – cut into chunks
2 cups pitted frozen cherries
1 bottle 14 Hands Hot to Trot Smooth Red Blend
15 oz lemon Italian Soda
Garnish with cinnamon sticks and orange slices
14 Hands Winery and I have a ton of fun things on the horizon this week, leading up to Grandoozy (make sure you are following along on Insta.) If you’re planning on attending Denver’s very first music festival, you have got to meet me at the 14 Hands frosé horse-trailer-turned-wine-bar. Yes, you heard me right! There will be a whole trailer full of frosé! I mean…who cares about The Chainsmokers, when you have that?! Ok, ok…I do. (And, for the record, I care about you too, Stevie Wonder!) But you can guarantee I’m going to be hanging out with 14 Hands, in between shows. Come say hi!
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