The cooler temperatures of early fall tease us with the promise of what’s to come: swaths of trees, ablaze in crimson, pumpkin and gold. But warm Indian summer days are sure to lie ahead … and they demand a drink that’s refreshing and appropriately vivid. We think a rosé sangria with smoky grilled fruit is made to order.
Reflecting fall’s palette, golden citrus wheels and ruby-red grapes swim in a pool of blushing rosé wine. But the real key to this sangria’s autumnal appeal is the delectable flavor that comes from grilling the fruit. Ready for a surprise? Lightly searing whole grapes over hardwood gives them an intriguing flavor that delivers new depths to sangria.
If you grill twice as much fruit as the recipe calls for, you’ll be ready to make a second batch (unless you snack on all the grapes while you enjoy your first cocktail). Just be sure to cook the fruit over glowing coals, not an open flame, to avoid a sooty taste.
Courtesy of Food & Wine
3 cups stemmed seedless red grapes
2 oranges, cut crosswise into ½-inch wheels
2 lemons, cut crosswise into ½-inch wheels
Two 750 milliliter bottles rosé
8 ounces simple syrup (see notes below)
8 ounces brandy
Light a hardwood charcoal fire. Put the grapes on a perforated grill sheet or in a grill basket, and grill over high heat, tossing occasionally, until they just start to burst – about six minutes. Transfer the grapes to a plate to cool completely.
Meanwhile, grill the orange and lemon wheels over high heat, turning once, until lightly charred – about six minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool completely.
In a large pitcher, combine the wine with the simple syrup, brandy and grilled fruit and stir well. Refrigerate until the sangria is chilled and the flavors are blended, at least one hour and up to eight hours. Serve the sangria over ice.
To make simple syrup, combine equal amounts of sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; simmer, stirring constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved – about three minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and let cool completely. The simple syrup can be refrigerated in a glass jar for up to a month.
If you prefer your wine straight up, you may want to discover the small producers and lauded estates of the Frontgate Wine Club.
Savor more of that fall feeling with inspiration found on Pinterest.
Fashion-forward furniture designs are looking more like far-flung resorts. Or as Katharine Posillico McGowan puts it, “Everyone wants to feel their home is a vacation now.”
So McGowan, owner of Long Island-based Katharine Jessica Interior Design, brought the Mediterranean home to the Hamptons. In outfitting a patio at the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse, she channeled the glossy vibe of a jet-set getaway.
The Côte d’Azur’s terra-cotta roofs, white-sand beaches and gorgeous water inspired the patio’s palette of orange, white and blue. The sculptural dining table, high-gloss side table and steel accents evoke the polished yachts dotting the Riviera. Two streamlined daybeds provide balance, and contemporary planters delineate the space.
Then there’s the dramatic Frou Frou Parasol, which McGowan calls “the diamond of the entire space.” Dancing in the breeze, the raffia-like fringe creates a visual spectacle, providing kinetic energy. In fact, McGowan chose the umbrella first and built the look from there. “One little item can inspire you to create a whole concept,” she says.
McGowan encourages experimentation. The daybeds, dining table and chairs she chose come from different collections. Pick key items to anchor your space, and then add accents. She designed the patio with some formality, but the daybeds encourage lounging.
View all the outdoor furniture and decor pieces McGowan used in furnishing the patio.
The Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton, New York, runs through Sept. 7. If you’re vacationing or attending the Hampton Classic nearby, stop by the Showhouse to see the patio – and a host of other top designers’ work – in person.
As the sports world gears up for the U.S. Open beginning August 31 in New York, 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal joined us for a tony table tennis tuneup.
At a cocktail event Aug. 27 in the courtyard of the posh New York Palace Hotel, Nadal entertained fans and reporters as he played on our midcentury modern Outdoor Table Tennis Table. Frontgate, an outdoor furniture partner of the New York Palace Hotel, has outfitted the courtyard to rave reviews, and the table tennis table was dressed to the nines for the event with Frontgate and Palace Hotel logos.
The event, leading up to America’s premier tennis tournament, allowed guests to mingle with the sporting great as they noshed on appetizers served on tennis rackets. Nadal played against his uncle/coach Toni Nadal Homar and then against a few other attendees. The social hashtag #NadalXPalace filtered content from the scene on Instagram and Twitter, including Nadal posting video on his Instagram account.
View all the outdoor furniture and decor Frontgate used in furnishing the courtyard.
With the Hamptons long serving as America’s seaside retreat, a designer’s compass there often points seaward. And so Rachel Florez took a contemporary tack with her nautical-themed approach to the master bedroom balcony at the 2015 Hampton Designer Showhouse.
Creating an intimate exterior space ideal for morning coffee or evening sunsets, the Long Island-based designer infused modern accents and maritime flair into her design. The crisp blue-and-white palette and polished metal touches atop the wooden deck all associate with sailing, and the Ravello Daybed’s canopy approximates a ship’s sail.
The space serves as an extension of the bedroom, making it a haven for carefree interludes of bliss. Florez says, “You want it to feel a little sexy,” which led her to design the balcony around the daybed. An angular sectional and rectangular planters frame the space, creating geometric accents and contemporary cool while providing a sense of sanctuary. The lightness of color makes it a retreat for the senses, inviting barefoot forays and tête-à-têtes.
View all the outdoor furniture and decor pieces Florez used in furnishing the balcony.
The Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton, New York, runs through Sept. 7. If you’re vacationing or attending the Hampton Classic nearby, stop by the Showhouse to see the balcony – and a host of other top designers’ work – in person.
See more inspirational spaces from the Showhouse. on Houzz.
The barbecue: It’s an all-American pursuit we look forward to every year, where the setting is simple and the food is satisfying. And no one understands this better than the consummate hostess Donatella Arpaia! Click for her go-to grilling tips, sure to make your Memorial Day Bash the talk of the town... ---> bit.ly/DonatellasGuideToTheGrill