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Pear Hard Cider Sangria

pear-cider-sangriapear-cider-sangria2For the first time, Rupert and I are sticking around LA for the holidays. While I will be missing me some Michigan, I’m pretty excited about starting some new traditions with our growing family and celebrating with our friends out here.

While my expecting party of 1.5 won’t be partaking in the cocktails this year, I am already planning my contribution to Friendsgiving and this Pear Hard Cider Sangria is at the top of the beverage list. Target‘s new holiday collection will also be helping me to make sure the presentation is as tasty as the drink.

pear-cider-sangria4pear-cider-sangria3Pears are a fall favorite and make this twist on sangria (made with hard cider instead of wine) fit for a Thanksgiving cocktail hour. For this recipe you can make most of it in a pitcher ahead of time and then add the hard cider just before serving.

Pear Hard Cider Sangria Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup quartered and thinly sliced unpeeled bartlett pears
1 navel orange—quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1 cup apple juice, chilled
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup pear brandy
One 22-ounce bottle hard apple cider, chilled
Ice

Instructions: In a pitcher, combine the pears with the orange, apple juice, lemon juice and brandy. Just before serving, add the hard cider. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Cheers!

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Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

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in the kitchen with bea 2

Bea came up with another yummy creation that I got to happily indulge in… her apricot tart is perfect as a fresh summer dessert.

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To see Bea’s last recipe check it out here.

Images by Sarah // Recipe by Bea

In the kitchen with Bea

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of having a dinner created by my great friend Bea. I am always amazed, and really jealous, of her gourmet cooking skills but am always more then happy to be on the receiving end of the deal. This weekend was no exception. God knows I will never be sharing any of my own recipes (there is no such thing), so after receiving a few recipe requests because of my photo on instagram, I invited her to share it here.

And Voilà!…Flourless Dark Chocolate Lava Cake with Molten Maple Almond Butter. I am seriously still drooling.

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We topped it off with a little vanilla gelato which went so well with the rich dark chocolate and complemented the saltiness of the almond butter. PERFECTION!

Images by Sarah // Recipe by Bea