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Halloween Recipe : Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail

Here’s a recipe for the grown ups and prefect timing for the Spooky Halloween season!

Sangria Simple Syrup


1 cup sugar
1 cup red wine, such as Merlot or Zinfandel
1 cup dark sweet cherries, stemmed, pitted and halved
1 stick cinnamon
Strips of orange peel from 1 medium orange (orange part only)
Sangria Martini Cocktail
Ice cubes
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 oz) citron (citrus) vodka
2 tablespoons (1 oz) clear orange-flavored liqueur
2 tablespoons (1 oz) sangria simple syrup, chilled (above)
1 dark sweet cherry on a cocktail pick


  • 1 To make simple syrup, in 1 1/2-quart saucepan, mix sangria simple syrup ingredients. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Simmer 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; let cool 30 minutes. Strain mixture through fine mesh strainer; discard solids. Cover and chill sangria syrup until ready to use. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
  • 2 To make cocktail, fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka and orange liqueur to cocktail shaker; cover and shake. Strain into martini glass. Drizzle sangria syrup into cocktail in glass. Garnish with cherry.

Expert Tips

Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of orange peel. Be sure to remove only the orange part of the peel; the white part, called pith, is bitter.

Thank you to: Betty Crocker Fan Fare

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  1. That sounds yummy!

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