pin it, do it – honeycrisp apple sangria

I love fall, I love everything about it.  Colder weather.  Changing leaves.   Sweaters.  Apples.   I’m in.

Last month I mentioned my desire to get in on this Honeycrisp Apple Sangria pin I spotted over the summer:

Looks amazing right?   The ingredients weren’t too crazy, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

2 honeycrisp apples
One 750-milliliter bottle un-oaked Chardonnay
1/2 cup peach schnapps
1/4 cup orange blossom honey
2 oranges- 1 quartered
1 lemon – quartered
1 lime – quartered
2 cinnamon sticks
2 quarter-size slices of fresh ginger
3 whole cloves
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Ice
Club soda

The recipe is really easy, you just need to give it time.   Here’s how mine came out:

Obviously my sugar rimming skills need some work.

It was a really fun fall drink.   A few things.

The recipe says it will yield 5-6 servings….I got 2.  I let the liquid soak in the fruit for about 8 hours, I think all the apples and the cinnamon sticks must have acted like a sponge.

If you’re looking for a stronger apple flavor and aren’t a big fan of an apple citrus mix I would recommend halving the amount of citrus it soaks in.

The peach schnapps taste is very powerful, if you don’t like it, use less.

I’ll give this drink a try again before Christmas rolls in, I’ll be sure to work on my sugar rimming skills before the next batch, the pics may not look pretty, but it tasted delicious!

surplus

I overslept yesterday.   Well I thought I overslept so in a moment of panic I rushed to my “oh shit I overslept,” section of my closet.   Every girl has one.   I threw together this fab ensemble (jeans, oversized sunglasses, big scarf, t-shirt):

It’s not amazing, but it’s the pieces that make you feel 40% human when you have to go from fast asleep to runrunrun in 30 seconds.    Anyway, joke was on me. my meeting wasn’t till next week.   My poor planning and comfy clothing meant there was only one logical solution to salvage the morning: apple picking.

Upstate New York is a treasure trove of orchards but I believe it’s a tough fall for apple picking because we had a very early spring and we just time warped into chilly fall days from 3 months of record breaking heat.    Normally I’d wait till the end of September or early October to pick but didn’t want to miss out.

We ran over to Indian Ladder Farms, it’s absolutely breathtaking there

(just let me filter this pic through instagram and we’ve got an I LOVE NY ad on our hands.)

There were a few types available (Macoun and JonaGolds) and because we arrived early enough we had the picking section almost all to ourselves.   Not a bad haul for $9:

Afterwards we headed over to the farm to check out the animals, love this pig, and pick up some apple cider donuts.

Now that I’ve got 30+ apples on my hand, I’ve got to take full advantage of them.  I’ll make the Carrot Apple Ginger Soup this week for sure.    Lots of pies in my future too.   I made this ridiculously easy Apple Crumb Pie last night.   It’s vegan too.

Now I just need 10 more apple recipes to get through my crisper of apples.   Got a good one?  Doesn’t need to be vegan, I’ll make anything!