Thanks everyone for your prayers and well wishes for Grammie! She seems to be doing well, and I even got to speak to her on the phone last night (she lives up in Ohio). She sounded almost back to herself and was even cracking jokes with me (music to my ears!). Thanks again… you guys are THE. Best. xoxo

And now, for cocktail Friday with the hubs:

Happy Friday foodie friends and Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is providing a warm welcome to all of you. I apologize for my absence. As Tina told you, I started a new job right before Christmas and it’s been a whirlwind of training, learning, traveling and HUSTLING! I love it though. For those that don’t know (which is all of you) my educational background is in sport exercise science and nutrition. Health and wellness has always been a passion; even though my only posts on here are for alcoholic beverages (HA) so it’s exciting to finally work in the industry helping people improve their health.

Speaking of health, I’m serving up a healthy portion of sparkling sangria for you this week. That’s right; you know we love sangria! I wanted to make something like this for New Years Eve but Tina had to drive 12 hours home from NC that day so we stayed in and went to bed at 10:30. Yep, we’re getting old. Anyway, this sipper may be nice for you who are hosting Super Bowl parties and want to serve something a little lighter than keg beer!

This sangria is simple but follows the basic guidelines; dry wine, sliced fruit, sweetener and spirits. I typically like a big, bold, slightly sweet sangria but this time I left it light, subtle and airy with the sparking wine. The sweet hints of apple and pear play off the tartness of the wine and lime juice. If you desire to make it sweeter (to taste) just add in a little more simple syrup. Trust me, however you prepare it, it will taste so good and it looks beautiful in the pitcher.

I’m back and I’m excited to make the cocktails flowing in 2012.  Happy New Year and CHEERS!

The Hubs

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Sour Apple and Pear Sparkling Sangria

Yield: 1 liter

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

A slightly bubbly sangria with hints of pear and green apple...

Ingredients:

For the Sangria:
1 bottle dry sparkling white wine
12 ounce can pear nectar
1/2 cup apple vodka
1/3 cup simple syrup*
1/3 cup lime juice

For the Garnish:
1-2 pears, sliced
2 limes, sliced
1-2 green apples, sliced

Directions:

Combine the Sangria ingredients in a large pitcher and stir well. NOTE: Be sure to pour the sparkling wine in slowly or the fizz will bubble up and overflow! Add sliced fruit setting aside a few rounds for garnishing the individual glasses. Refrigerate for a few hours, until chilled.

Pour over ice in individual glasses and garnish with remaining fruit slices.

*Simple Syrup is a mixture of equal parts water, equal parts sugar - You melt (via microwave safe dish in the microwave or a saucepan on the stove) until the sugar is completely dissolved and no longer cloudy. Allow to cool and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.