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"You’re Home So You Might as Well Drink" Sangria


I don’t know about you, but I love a good sangria. (Well, to be fair, I’ll take a mediocre sangria—I’m not fussy.) This recipe is loosely based on a drink I had in the Before Times when people left the house. I say loosely because who knows what was in that delicious $14 beverage. Not to worry—I’ve tried to replicate it in this cheaper (and if I may, just as yummy) version.


Full disclosure: I might’ve gotten the slightest bit intoxicated working on this recipe. Fun assignment. Thanks, Katie.


1 750-mL bottle Pinot Grigio or Riesling (your call—it should be white, dry and crisp)

1 cup spiced rum

1 cup apple cider

¼ cup maple syrup

2 Granny Smith or Honeycrisp apples, sliced

2 oranges, sliced

1 lemon

1 cup whole cranberries

3 cups ginger ale (for a warmer drink) or sparkling water

Pomegranate seeds

Cinnamon sticks


Note: If you can make this a few hours before you plan to indulge, it’s even more delish.


Stir together wine, rum, apple cider and maple syrup in a large pitcher. Add sliced apples, oranges, lemon and cranberries. Stir. Top with ginger ale. Stir. Pour into glass. Add pomegranate seeds and cinnamon stick.


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