Halloween Blood Red Sangria Cocktail

Here’s a recipe for the grown ups and prefect timing for the Spooky Halloween season! Citron vodka, orange liqueur, and sangria simple syrup.

Try this vampire martini at your next Halloween party!
Photo by Barbara B.
Try this vampire martini at your next Halloween party!
Try this vampire martini at your next Halloween party!

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

55

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

55

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • 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 COCKTAIL:

  • Ice cubes

  • 1 1/2

    ounces citron vodka

  • 1

    ounce clear orange-flavored liqueur

  • 1

    ounce sangria simple syrup, chilled

  • 1

    dark sweet cherry on a cocktail pick

Directions

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. 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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