Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail

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.

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Sangria Simple Syrup
cup sugar
cup red wine, such as Merlot or Zinfandel
cup dark sweet cherries, stemmed, pitted and halved
stick cinnamon
Strips of orange peel from 1 medium orange (orange part only)
Sangria Martini Cocktail
Ice cubes
tablespoons (1 1/2 oz) citron (citrus) vodka
tablespoons (1 oz) clear orange-flavored liqueur
tablespoons (1 oz) sangria simple syrup, chilled (above)
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.
Makes 1 cocktail
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
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:

1 Serving (1 Cocktail)
  • Calories 260
    • (Calories from Fat 0),
  • Total Fat 0g
    • (Saturated Fat 0g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 0mg;
  • Sodium 0mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 27g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 25g),
  • Protein 0g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 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.