5 O’ Clock Friday Finale: Nielsen-Massey’s Rose Sangria

Rose SangriaThere’s something about summer and sangria – the two pair so well together it’s hard to imagine having one without the other.  If you’re hosting a summer soiree anytime soon, try this tasty Rose Sangria from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.   With a reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas have been tempting our taste buds for over 100 years.  TGIF dolls!

Nielsen-Massey’s Rose Sangria
Serves 4-6

1 apple, peeled and quartered
10 whole cloves
1 lemon, thinly sliced rounds
1 lime, thinly sliced rounds
1 orange, thinly sliced rounds
⅓ cup Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar
½ cup brandy, chilled
1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine, chilled
1 ½ cups pulp free orange juice, chilled
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Rose Water
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract
fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Stud apple by pushing the clove stems into the prepared apple quarters. In a large glass pitcher, place the clove-studded apple quarters with the citrus fruit slices. Sprinkle Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar over the fruit, pour brandy over the sugared fruit and toss
to coat. Place in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours to infuse the flavors.  Before serving, remove the clove-studded apple and discard, crush the infused citrus fruits slightly with a wooden spoon. Stir in the wine, orange juice, Nielsen-Massey Rose Water and Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh mint.

Note: Add additional Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar, orange juice or soda water for taste variation.