Thirsty Thursday: Sparkling Autumn Chianti

Since Fall began, and finally decided to bring the cool weather with it this past weekend, I decided to go with a delicious fall cocktail.  Thanks to a good friend, I’m able to share this yummy recipe! 😉 It was actually featured in Southern Living this month, as well.  Hope y’all enjoy it!

Sparkling Autumn Chianti

“A blanc de noirs, with its fruity, hint of vanilla flavor, is a great sparkling wine choice for this recipe. We also suggest using Lady or Gala apples.”

Yield: Makes 7 cups                         Total: 8 hours, 15 minutes


  • 1 Bartlett pear
  • 3 small apples
  • 3 fresh plums, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 cup cane syrup
  • 2 (4-inch) rosemary sprigs
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle Chianti
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle sparkling white wine, chilled
  • Garnish: fresh rosemary sprigs


  • 1. Cut pear lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, cutting from stem end through the bottom. Cut apples crosswise into 1/4-inch slices.
  • 2. Stir together pear, apples, plums, and next 3 ingredients in a 3-qt. glass container until fruit is coated. Gradually stir in Chianti. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.
  • 3. Stir in sparkling white wine just before serving. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.
Note:  Prepare and chill up to 24 hours beforehand.

Also, has anyone read the new book, Preppy: Cultivating Ivy Style?  It just came out this week, and I had pre-ordered it awhile ago, so it’s on its way to me now.  Lilly Pulitzer wrote the foreword in Preppy, so I’m looking forward to reading what she said, as well.  If you read the book, let me know what you think.

Habitually Chic writes “…first definitive and in-depth volume on preppy fashion, exploring its evolution from its pragmatic origins and presence on elite Eastern campuses in America to its profound influence internationally and metamorphosis on the runway…”

I’ll let you know what I think of it…but I STILL haven’t finished The Help!  Can you believe it?  I NEED to stop playing around on my iPad during the nighttime feedings, and finish my book!

P.S.  E’s preschool teacher asked me if I had stock in Lilly Pulitzer, with as many cute Lilly dresses as she wears.  Haha.  I should!!  I’ll try and get a photo of the girls this afternoon, after I pick them up from school…that’s if I can pull them out of the book fair at the end of the day…they LOVE books!
One book I purchased this morning at the fair was The Little Green Witch
It looks super cute, and is a Halloween twist on The Little Red Hen (one of W’s favorites!).  The author, Ashley Evans, of Princess Prissypants Wishes the World Pink came and read to W’s class yesterday, but sadly I don’t think I’ll be purchasing an autographed copy.
I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t encourage W to be a “princess prissypants”.  🙂  Plus, she has a gazillion Pinkalicious books, so I think she’s good on “pink” books for now.  I also feel sorry for the boys in W’s class…I’m pretty sure they won’t be picking up a copy either…
Happy Thursday, Y’all!

4 thoughts on “Thirsty Thursday: Sparkling Autumn Chianti

  1. Hey girl! I just wanted to drop you a comment and let you know that my sister and I are such HUGE fans of your blog! you are featured on my blog today as one of my favs 🙂 Just thought I would let you know what an inspiration you are to both of us, and if you wanted to check it and let me know what you think – that would be AWESOME! Thanks for everything!

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