My husband and I recently visited my parents in Laredo, Texas. Now, not to rub it in or anything, but the weather was pretty great. Sunny. Warm, but not hot. Not humid. Pretty great.
I was in the mood for a beverage with fall flavors, but I wanted to drink something refreshing that would be nice over ice…a drink for us to enjoy as we sat in the sun on the patio by the pool.
Makes 8 servings
1 orange, sliced
1 apple, diced
1 lemon, sliced
1 bottle full-bodied and fruity red wine
1/2 cup brandy
1 cinnamon stick
3 – 4 Tbsp orange simple syrup (see note below)
Add fruit to pitcher.
Pour in wine and brandy. Add cloves and cinnamon stick. Add simple syrup and stir.
Serve over ice.
To make orange simple syrup combine 1 1/2 cups sugar with 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan. Add 1 Tbsp of orange zest and stir. Simmer over medium heat until sugar dissolved and syrup is slightly thickened. It will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for several weeks.