For 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.
Pears 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
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
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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