When I was in college my cousin & I took a week long trip to England & Ireland. I fell in love. Lately I have been wunderlusting more & more about wanting to travel to the U.K. Our trip was so short & we jam packed so much into it, I barely remember any of the places we visited or things we did. I totally want to go back… stat!
One thing that I remember clearly was a night in Dublin we went to Temple Bar & the bartender introduced me to Patty’s whiskey & Sprite or Lemonade, as they call it. Um yum!! So simple & tasty. This was where I started to enjoy whiskey & not cover it up with a ton of heavy colas.
Well last year Chris’s aunt & uncle had come to Orange County for work & we had them over for dinner. We began talking about whiskey & somehow Patty’s whiskey came up. Apparently they sell this Irish whiskey at a liquor store near their house on the east coast. So for Christmas they sent us a bottle of the original Patty’s whiskey & also Devil’s Apple flavored whiskey… YUM. This year I made a Fall Sangria using the apple spice whiskey.
It was so yummy I thought it would be a perfect drink to enjoy when we passed out candy on Halloween. Each year we spend Halloween at our friend Patrick’s house. His neighborhood goes all out for Halloween with multiple haunted houses, hundreds of kids, & Patrick and I sit at his stoop passing out candy, & enjoying an adult beverage as Chris runs around scaring children in his clown costume. (I know, he’s really interesting.) This year our adult beverage was my Fall Sangria, & honestly I wish I made more.
I topped it off with Wilson Creek almond champagne. I find the almond champagne to have an earthier flavor and aroma rather than a normal champagne. The earthiness definitely goes better with the apple & pears for this drink. It definitely doesn’t give the sugar high hangover that normal champagne gives either, which is always nice, but it does make this drink sneak up on you a little bit, so be careful.
½ cup apple whiskey
½ cup apple cider
1 apple cubed
½ Bartlett Pear, cubed
Topped with a 1 oz sparkling cider floater