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Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail

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

Halloween Recipe : Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail
Recipe type: Drinks
  • 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 (1½ 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 1½-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 1½ 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.

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  1. Ooh, looks pretty cool ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I like the way that color is sort of suspended in there. This is a pretty drink!

  3. Michele P says:

    since Halloween is on a Friday this year, I can definitely try out this recipe with my friends! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Vanessa: thequeenofswag says:

    Oh what a fun recipe. I’ll have to try it for our Halloween party. It looks delish.

  5. Deanna Middendorf says:

    Now that’s what I’m talkin’ bout! This is a great way to celebrate Halloween!! Sounds like a wonderful drink!

  6. That’s a really pretty cocktail, and I bet it tastes as good as it looks. With that many ingredients, it’s definitely a party drink, though, and not just a lets-have-a-drink cocktail. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Julie Wood says:

    Such a pretty looking Halloween drink that I really like. It looks like a fun drink to make and have for my Halloween party. Thanks for sharing. I bet it tastes yummy.

  8. That looks perfectly spooky! I’m sure all your guests, whether they be goblins or ghouls, would love this drink.

  9. I don’t drink but it looks really pretty though.

  10. shelly peterson says:

    I am not a big drinker but this looks yummy and so festive for Halloween.

  11. Oh man! These look great!

  12. Fun recipe for Halloween! I love it.

  13. Joni Mason says:

    Fun & festive! This would be great for a party any time. I love how pretty this drink is, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  14. Lisa Brown says:

    Wow, it’s a very pretty drink; looks tasty too ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. David Fultner says:

    So petty and use of sangria.

  16. This looks so good. So pretty too. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  17. I like the color of this cocktail, it’s very attractive. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  18. Sharon Rooney says:

    This sounds great. I love the way it looks. This would be a great cocktail not just for halloween but for anytime.

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