reasons to celebrate right this very moment:
1. gummy bears exist
2. so does this carrot twitter feed
3. harvest started yesterday
4. it's been sweater weather here all week!
5. school has begun??
6. the two year anniversary of my first date (this date) with eggboy is tomorrow
7. i bought a can of pumpkin and did not feel premature about it
8. there are oodles of apples growing in our backyard
9. benedict cumberbatch won an emmy
so let's make drunky bears and put them in sangria because we all know that gummy bears + fruit > only fruit. ok?
you can take a lot of liberties with this. feel free to soak your bears in any kind of booze you want. here is a handy drunken gummy bear guide. if you prefer another fruit to apples, go right ahead. i like juicing some fruit and using the juice in addition to the cut up fruit, for more flavor. (this juicer from williams-sonoma is the one i use!) red wine is fine to use, although it might be difficult to see your little bears with that. i like using wine that's not too sweet, since there's already a lot of sugar involved with the fruit, fruit juice, and gummy bears. oh, and the wooden skewers topped with gummy bears do double duty: they're cute, and they help to fish the fruit and bears out of the bottom of the cup.
gummy bear sangria
1 1/2 c gummy bears
about 1 1/2 c vodka
1 bottle white wine
1 c apple juice
1/2 c to 1 c fizzy water
2 large apples, sliced
1 lime, sliced, plus more for garnish
place your gummy bears in a jar or container, reserving a few to stick on top of some wooden skewers for serving. pour enough vodka in to cover your bears, cover the container, and let them soak at room temperature for eight hours, or overnight.
(...you'll then have gummy bear infused vodka and vodka infused gummy bears and you might wonder if that's inception or osmosis or both or neither (?))
strain the gummy bears, reserving the vodka for another use. you may even want to add some of that vodka to your sangria to make it extra extra boozy.
in a large pitcher, punch bowl, or hipster jar (sorry, i didn't have anything else...), combine your drunky bears, wine, apple juice, 1/2 cup fizzy water, apples, and limes, and stir. taste and add more fizzy water, if desired. chill and/or add ice for serving. serve with lime slices and wooden skewers topped with gummy bears. cheers!!!!