Recipe: Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail
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
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
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.
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.
BETTY CROCKER EXPERT TIP
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.
*And for more viewing party ideas from Betty Crocker, visit www.bettycrocker.com/fanfare for vampire-inspired food ideas to complement your cocktails.