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Butterbeer Sangria

I stumbled across an almost empty bottle of butterscotch schnapps way in the back of my liqueur cabinet – probably a leftover from when my mom purged hers and gave me a weird mix of liqueurs (there is a banana schnapps from that same event that’s tickling my brain for a banana split sundae sangria – so keep a lookout on future posts).  Then, while in Cedarburg, WI this weekend the husband and I wandered into a moonshine store that had butterscotch moonshine on sale…. well the nerd part of my brain took over and demanded I try my hand at butterbeer inspired sangria.

I did a lot of research for this recipe; there is nothing out there like it so I looked at multiple butterbeer recipes (both alcoholic and kid-safe) as well as sugar cookie recipes. The creator of Universal’s secret official Butterbeer recipe, Steve Jayson, said “It had to taste unfamiliar, yet soothing and smooth. I thought of those soft butter cookies, or butterscotch, and that’s what the recipe is based off of.” so that’s what I too aimed for. And, since we’re talking about sangria, it needs wine and some fruit. 😉

1 bottle of Chardonnay
4 cans of Cream Soda
1/2 cup of Spiced Dark Rum (Captain Morgan)
1 1/2 cup of Butterscotch Moonshine (Ole Smoky Moonshine)
Just over 1/2 cup Butterscotch Schnapps (because that’s what was left in the bottle, lol)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (Penzeys)

Homemade Simple Syrup (instructions are below):
1 cup raw cane sugar
1 cup water
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon sea salt
4 tablespoons butter

2 Pears, sliced into rings
1 Cinnamon stick

Makes about 1 gallon of sangria

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Simple Syrup directions:

I had never made simple syrup before so I used guidelines from The Pioneer Woman.

Put 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water into a sauce pan, heat on medium until sugar is dissolved and edges start to simmer. Remove from heat, add 2 cinnamon sticks and let cool.

Once cool add salt and reheat on medium until dissolved, remove from heat and let cool a bit.

Melt butter. Take simple syrup and put back on medium heat, add butter, stir and heat until simmers at edges. Remove from heat and let cool.

Strain through a cheese cloth.

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Add all the liquid ingredients. I got some foam at the top from the carbonation and butter mixing, but that added to the look, lol. Add sliced pears and cinnamon stick. Let sit for at least 4 hours, overnight if possible.

WARNING: This is a very sweet sangria!

I feel like there are still some tweaks that could be made to make this better. Maybe a different wine or a different brand of cream soda… I’ll keep you updated if/when I make a new batch. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve made your own version and how it turned out!

Serving idea: make a sangria float! Put a small scoop of vanilla ice cream in the glass with the sangria.

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Orange Mango Sangria

4 bottles (750ml ea) of White Wine
1 bottle (1 liter) of Triple Sec
2 cups (16 oz) of Key Lime Rum
3/4 cup Agave Nectar Syrup
3 cups (24oz) of Mango Puree Juice
3 cups Pure Lemon Juice
3 cups Orange Juice (pulp free)

1 Mango
Strawberries
1/2 Lemon
2 Cinnamon Sticks

Let sit overnight preferably, but at least 4-5 hours before serving.

Makes about 2 1/2 gallons of sangria

 

Pumpkin Spice Sangria

4 bottles sweet Riesling
6 cups peach mango juice (or something similar like apple passion mango)
2 bottles of Pumpkin Spice liqueur (clear orange stuff, not the thick opaque stuff)
2 cups Apple Orchard Bourbon (Evan Williams)
1 1/2 cup Cinnamon Bourbon (Evan Williams)

2 Peaches
5 Cinnamon sticks

Let sit overnight preferably, but at least 4-5 hours before serving.

Made a little over 2 gallons of sangria

Candy Apple Sangria

I remember this as being delicious! When I wrote down the recipe I neglected to mark down many of the quantities (don’t know what I was thinking).
*If I make it again I’ll come back and update this post

4 bottles Red Table Wine (GroundSwell)
Apple Cider Flavored Whiskey (Serpent’s Bite)
Caramel Apple Vodka (Pinnacle)
Salted Caramel Apple Vodka (UV)
Sweet Vermouth
Apple Liquor
Apple Cider

Sprinkle of Ground Cinnomon
8 Cinnamon Sticks
Apples

Let sit overnight preferably, but at least 4-5 hours before serving.

Made a little over 2 gallons of sangria

Apple Cider Sangria

When people hear I’m making sangria for an event, this is by far the most requested. Sadly it’s seasonal due to when some of the liquor is available.

Version 2
Tastes just as good, but less ingredients than Version 1

4 bottles of Red Table Wine, 750ml each
2 cups Halloween Wine (from IL River Winery)
1 1/2 cup Cinnamon Simple Syrup
2 cups Apple Pie Vodka
2 cups Cinnamon Brandy
4 cups Apple Cider
1 cup Apple Liqueur
1/2 cup Sweet Vermouth

1 cup of Grapes (cut in half)
4 sliced Apples
4 sliced Pears
8-10 cinnamon sticks

Let sit overnight preferably, but at least 4-5 hours before serving.

Makes a little over 2 gallons of sangria

Version 1
My first time making this I was using up some left-over liquor in my cabinets

4 bottles of Red Table Wine, 750ml each
2 cups Halloween Wine (from IL River Winery)
1 1/2 cup Cinnamon Simple Syrup
2 cups Apple Pie Vodka
2 cups Ginger Brandy
4 cups Apple Cider
1 cup Apple Liqueur
1/2 cup Sweet Vermouth
1/2 cup Peach Brandy
3/4 cup Pear Liquor

1 cup of Grapes (cut in half)
4 sliced Apples
4 sliced Pears
8-10 cinnamon sticks

Let sit overnight preferably, but at least 4-5 hours before serving.

Makes a little over 2 gallons of sangria