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Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail

blood-red sangria cocktail Beverage Spanish
Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 45 min
  • Servings 1

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.

Updated December 24, 2012

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

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cocktail
Calories
260
Calories from Fat
0
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
Saturated Fat
0g
0%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
0mg
0%
Potassium
35mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
27g
9%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
25g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
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 Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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