Looking for the perfect sharable cocktail for Thanksgiving and other holiday gathers this season? Enter the Spiced Pear Sangria with Pinot Noir Twist—a delightful concoction that marries the boldness of red wine with the lusciousness of pears, all elevated by the warm embrace of cinnamon and the effervescence of ginger beer. In this culinary journey, we’ll explore the intricacies of ginger beer, learn how to create a tantalizing cinnamon syrup, and, of course, master the art of crafting this exquisite sangria. Let the fall festivities begin!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by 90 Plus Cellars Wine. While the content reflects my genuine experiences and opinions, I want to disclose the collaboration.
What is Sangria?
Sangria, originating from Spain, is a beloved punch-like beverage that traditionally combines red wine with fruits, sweeteners, and occasionally, a splash of brandy or another spirit. Its versatility allows for endless variations, making it a perfect canvas for seasonal adaptations. The Spiced Pear Sangria with Pinot Noir Twist offers a delightful fusion of this classic drink with autumnal flavors, creating a festive and comforting beverage for any occasion.
90 Plus Cellars Pinot Noir
The 90+ Cellars Pinot Noir brings a symphony of flavors to the Spiced Pear Sangria with Pinot Noir Twist. With hints of blueberries, raspberries, and candied red cherries, this Pinot Noir introduces a velvety elegance to the sangria. Its subtle herbaceous notes and well-balanced acidity seamlessly intertwine with the warmth of cinnamon syrup, the brightness of pear juice, and the zesty kick of ginger beer. The result is a harmonious blend that celebrates the best of fall, where the Pinot Noir’s finesse enhances the overall tasting experience, making each sip a delightful journey through the rich tapestry of flavors.
What is Ginger Beer?
Before we dive into the heart of the recipe, let’s demystify ginger beer. Contrary to its name, ginger beer is non-alcoholic and is essentially a carbonated beverage with a pronounced ginger flavor. It adds a zesty kick and effervescence to cocktails, making it a perfect companion for sangrias. When selecting ginger beer for your Spiced Pear Sangria, opt for a high-quality, well-balanced brand to ensure a harmonious blend of flavors.
How to Make Cinnamon Syrup:
Cinnamon syrup is a simple yet invaluable addition to any fall-inspired cocktail. Here’s a step-by-step guide to crafting this aromatic elixir:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4-5 cinnamon sticks
- Combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Add cinnamon sticks to the mixture and bring it to a simmer.
- Allow the syrup to simmer for 10-15 minutes, letting the cinnamon infuse its warm essence.
- Remove the saucepan from heat and let the syrup cool.
- Once cooled, strain out the cinnamon sticks, leaving you with a fragrant cinnamon-infused syrup.
Helpful Tip: Make a larger batch of cinnamon syrup and store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. This way, you’ll have this delightful ingredient ready for future cocktail creations.
- Experiment with different pear varieties for a nuanced flavor profile. Bosc or Anjou pears work well in this recipe.
- Adjust the sweetness of the cinnamon syrup to your liking by adding more or less sugar during the preparation.
- If time allows, let the sangria base chill for a longer duration to intensify the infusion of flavors.
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Autumn Tequila Sangria
- 1 bottle 750 ml 90+ Cellars Pinot Noir
- 1 cup Tequila Zarpado Blanco
- 1 cup pear juice
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur
- 1/4 cup cinnamon syrup
- 1 orange sliced into rounds
- 1 pear cored and sliced
- 1 apple cored and sliced
- 16 oz ginger beer
- In a large pitcher, combine the entire bottle of 90+ Cellars Pinot Noir, Tequila Zarpado Blanco, pear juice, orange liqueur, and cinnamon syrup.
- Gently stir the mixture to ensure all the ingredients are well combined. This step helps the flavors meld together.
- Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the sangria base chill for at least 2 hours. This allows the fruits and spirits to infuse, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.
- When you’re ready to serve, take the pitcher out of the refrigerator.
- Fill each serving glass with ice cubes to provide a refreshing chill to the sangria.
- Pour the chilled sangria base over the ice in each glass, leaving some space at the top.
- Open the 16 oz bottle of ginger beer and pour it into the pitcher, filling the remaining space.
- Garnish each glass with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick.