It’s only September 2nd (Happy Birthday Tracy!) but I’m already seeing the early signs of fall and couldn’t be more excited! It’s been gloomy and rainy the past several days which just makes me want to snuggle into one of my crazy cat lady/grandma sweaters, grab a book, and sip on a glass of this sangria. Fresh red apples, plums, and pears makes this as sweet and crisp as an autumn day with a finish of warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin pie spice. A generous amount of Sailor Jerry Rum accentuates the flavors even more and bubbly champagne adds a festive feel to it.
I’m starting this post off with a disclaimer… I hate.. I mean like really passionately hate those people in front of you at Starbuck’s or any other coffee shop with the ridiculous orders. “Ummm can I get a venti soy half-caff extra whip mocha latte with caramel?? And that’s one of the shorter orders I’ve heard! When my girlfriend brought me a pumpkin spice chai latte I scoffed a bit but ultimately gave in and tried it. I’m a little bit ashamed to admit that it was absolutely delicious! Being too stubborn and embarrassed to actually order one myself, I decided to learn how to make my own with the traditional Tattooed Martha spin.. adding rum! Not only does a healthy dose of rum give your coffee or tea that extra kick but I used real pumpkin and brown sugar, not all the chemicals and artificial coloring that most pumpkin spice drinks have. If you’re not much into chai tea I’ve also included how to make it with coffee!