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Thanksgiving is a bit of a sh*t show around here. There are lots of logistics and suitcases packed and unpacked and finally, when the last dish is tucked away, we need something boozy! The only requirements are that it be a proper cocktail, fit within the harvest theme and be really delicious.

I think I nailed it.

Honey Crisp Apple Sangria! It’s subtle, not too sweet, and just boozy enough to help take the edge off from your Trump lovin’ cousins.

Honey Crisp Apples are decadent in the Toronto area this year.  I’m sure you could get away with a Royal Gala, but that doesn’t sound quite as quaint, does it?

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A trip to the Farmer’s Market on Thanksgiving weekend is a gold mine for ingredients. I was able to pick up the required Apple Cider and Honey Crisp Apples on this trip for pretty cheap. I’m in Etobicoke and although I’m partial for markets that veer closer to downtown (Dufferin Grove, anyone!?) , the Humber Bay West and Colonel Sam Smith Markets on Saturday morning do the job.

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Honey Crisp Apple Sangria

You’re going to need:

2 honey crisp apples, chopped up
1-2 oranges, sliced
3-4 Cinnamon Sticks
1 bottle of red wine ( a light red is nice, don’t spend more than $12 on a bottle)
1/2 cup of brandy
1/4 cup of Orange Juice
1 Lemon – Juiced
Club Soda

Bonus! Cinnamon Sugar to rim your glass with.

MAKE IT

To get started,  chop the apples into a pitcher or a large bowl, place the orange slices on top and add the cinnamon sticks.

Pour the bottle of red wine in, the brandy, OJ and the juice of a lemon. Leave the Club Soda out!  You can add that in when you’re serving.

Stir and let the mixture sit. I prefer to do this recipe in the morning on the same day that we’ll be drinking it. Some people will leave it for a day or two, but I find it really loses its edge after 24 hours.  Within 7-15 hours is best!

SERVE IT

When it is time to serve it up, do a taste test. Add some sugar or simple syrup to the glass if you think it is needed (or in my case, I like to add a bit more lemon).  Put a few ice cubes in each glass and pour 3/4 of the way full. Top each glass up with a few splashes of club soda . It adds a little sparkle to the drink and gives it an added punch!

Throw a cinnamon stick into each drink, and garnish with a think apple or orange slice.

And enjoy.

Wet the rim of the glass and dip it in cinnamon sugar.

Wet the rim of the glass and dip it in cinnamon sugar.