UPDATE: The winner of the Not So Simple Syrup gift basket is:
#73– Michelle: “I want to try the Blackberry!”
Congratulations, Michelle! Be sure to reply to the email you’ve been sent and your gift basket will be shipped out to you directly from Heidi! Thank you to everyone who entered!
I can hardly believe that it’s December already and that means that it is time to start thinking about Holiday party recipes! What better way to kick off December than with this winter holiday sangria?
It’s my pleasure to tell you about my blog friend, Heidi’s, new line of syrups and to give you the opportunity to win a gift basket! Heidi writes for the Young Grasshopper blog and she and her catering partner have created a line of flavored syrups, called Not So Simple Syrup. These syrups are perfect for cocktails, iced teas, lemonades, sangria, club soda, cakes…the possibilities are endless! You can even make your very own homemade soda! Heidi works with a local bottler and uses only the finest ingredients and personally taste-tests every batch.
Heidi is fond of cocktails and homemade simple syrups and wanted to create an all-natural product in a wide variety of delicious flavors that could be sold nationwide. Heidi has SO generously offered to send one lucky winner a gorgeous gift basket, including two bottles of her simple syrup (mint and cranberry), a super cute bar towel, a basket and a bow. You will love the taste of these Not So Simple Syrups. So far, I’ve tried mint, strawberry, and lemon and they all liven up any cocktail or non-alcoholic drink. They really come in handy for holiday parties! I made this amazing Cranberry Pomegranate Winter Sangria for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit :) I’m telling you – this is GOOD stuff!
Check out the Not So Simple Syrup website to see the full list of flavors and get some more recipe ideas there, as well. Make sure to enter the giveaway below for your chance to win the same gift basket from Heidi that I received!
*Makes about 7-8 servings. Double for a big crowd!*
1 (750 ml) bottle of red wine (zinfandel or wine of choice)
4 cups of cranberry juice
2 cups of pomegranate juice
1 cup of orange juice
3/4 cup of cranberry simple syrup
1 apple, unpeeled, cored, & sliced thin
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
3/4 cup of fresh cranberries
sparkling water, optional
Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher or bowl, taste and adjust flavors to your liking. Chill at least 4 hours or overnight. Stir before serving and transfer to pitchers or pour by the glass. Use a pair of tongs to extract some of the fruit for each glass, add ice to each glass, and fill glasses, leaving about an inch of free space at the top. For a fizzy sangria, top each glass off with a splash of sparkling water and lightly stir or just add it to the bowl/pitcher before serving (about 2 cups).
You can use either red or white wine in this and the color shouldn’t change much since it comes from the juices also. Use any good wine that you like to drink (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, etc.)
Today, one lucky Wishes and Dishes readers will win 2 bottles of simple syrup and have it delivered right to their door! Many thanks to Heidi for providing the review and generous giveaway product. Giveaway is open to U.S. readers who are age 18+ only.
HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST
To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post and answer the following question:
“Which flavor of simple syrup would you try first?”
You can receive up to FIVE additional entries to win by doing the following:
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Deadline: Sunday, December 08, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.
Winner: The winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced at the top of this post. I will email the winner and if he/she does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
Disclaimer: Heidi gave me bottles of this syrup to try out and review and is mailing the prize to the winner of the giveaway. My opinions remain entirely my own, as always.
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