Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail

This citrusy martini gets its striking layered appearance from drops of sangria-inspired simple syrup made from red wine and dark sweet cherries (after all, “sangria” means “bleeding” in Spanish!). An “impaled” cherry adds the finishing touch.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 1

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 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.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cocktail
Calories
260
(
Calories from Fat
0),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
0mg
0%;
Total Carbohydrate
27g
27%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
25g
25%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.