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I’m kicking of November with a toast in celebration of Friendsgiving. I’ve teamed up with Sprouts for a virtual Thanksgiving celebration featuring 11 amazing bloggers. Fun! We’ve got you all covered for Thanksgiving from appetizer, side dishes and desserts. I was pleased to be asked to share a Thanksgiving cocktail.
My first thought was to create a fun, fizzy cranberry cocktail featuring champagne, but when I browsed the Sprouts produce I was inspired to create a spiced sangria made with both fresh fruit and dried fruits.
Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion to mix up a fragrant big batch cocktail. What makes this seasonal sangria wonderful is you make the spiced fruit syrup in advance. The night before, top with red wine and place in fridge to chill. The day of simply place your punch bowl out and guests are free to serve themselves. For this spiced sangria, I use fresh cranberries, pears, pomegranate and apples mixed with dried fruit. I picked up a few containers of dried fruit next to the produce section at Sprout’s. I went with dried cranberries, dried compote (which consists of dried prunes, nectarines, peaches, pears, apples and apricots) and dried Bing cherries.
Highlighting a mix of fresh and dried fruit in sangria create an aromatic, flavorful cocktail. I began my sangria with a spiced fruit base using Wholesome organic brown sugar, simply organics ground ginger, and simply organics vanilla extract combined with water, once the syrup comes to a boil, remove from heat, add both fresh and dried fruit and allow to infuse. Once the spiced fruit syrup cools completely. Place in the fridge until you’re ready to add wine.
I also wanted a vibrant garnish for my guests to add to their sangria glasses. Using Wholesome organic coconut sugar, fresh cranberries and wholesome agave I created coconut sugar dusted cranberries. These little jewels are easy to make, plus they add a delicious warmth to our cocktail.
We invite you to kick off your Thanksgiving feast with a festive toast to the family and friend that surround your thanksgiving table this year. After all, alongside every great meal is a great cocktail!
- 4 cups honeydew melon, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 ripe fresh avocado, halved, peeled, pitted and sliced, reserve 4 slices for garnish
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- ¼ tsp. salt
- In a blender, add melon, avocado, water, lime juice and salt.
- Blend until smooth and frothy.
- Serve over ice.
- Add sugar to taste if desired.