This Cranberry Sangria is an elegant Halloween cocktail that is perfect as a brunch cocktail for Fall, or even a tapas night as well. I have also served it for Thanksgiving! It is a slightly sweet and slightly tart drink with red wine, orange liqueur, cranberries and maple syrup. Simple, elegant and fabulous.
I love Halloween, mostly because it’s an excuse to dress up and be something completely different. Get lost in a fantasy world and let go a little. Ever since I saw the 2010 Black Swan movie with Natalie Portman, I’ve been in love with that concept. I find the movie relatable (to a certain extent of course), and the Tchaikovsky music is exceptional. I think you got it by now, I love this theme.
But, I wasn’t going to talk all about the movie, I’ll tell you about this Black Swan Cranberry Sangria instead. I’m going to dress up as Black Swan for a Halloween party this evening, and I wanted the look to be complete. And it won’t be complete with a bottle of beer, mojito or iced tea. I needed something dark, something red and something elegant.
And I think this is it, right?
The choice of cranberries was made when I saw those deliciously red berries at the grocery store the other day, and I thought to myself that I needed to use them for Halloween. The dark red wine goes beautifully together with the red cranberries. Sangria is tasty, maybe not always so elegant, but red wine is one of the most elegant beverages, don’t you agree?
I have yet to find a pitcher that is large enough to contain a batch of sangria that uses 1 bottle of wine. If you know of one, please let me know. I had enough space for the first step, and had to get creative when adding the sparkling water. Okay, maybe not so creative, but using several pitchers…
* Update: I recently started an affiliate program at Beau-Coup, and I actually found a pitcher! You can even get it personalized, what! I think I might have to buy this one.
Black Swan Cranberry Sangria
Pour 1 bottle of red wine with 1 liter of cranberry juice into a large pitcher. Add 60 ml (4 tbsp) of cointreau or any other orange liqueur. Wash the cranberries and add those to the batch. Give it a stir and let it rest. For the sangria to get it’s rich taste, you should let it sit for at least 4 hours before serving. Very important. But of course, preferably over night. When you’re ready to serve, add in the sparkling water and ice cubes if desired.
You could make red wine ice cubes ahead of time. When you leave the sangria to rest overnight you’ll also have time to make these. Just pour red wine in an ice cube tray and freeze. This way your sangria will be cold but not watered down! If you have leftover wine, I found a super cute pumpkin bottle stopper that’s perfect for Halloween and Fall. Beau-Coup has so many pretty things for a Halloween party. You can find the Halloween section here. Yes, it’s affiliate links, but I honestly love it.
I made this cranberry sangria to specifically go well to a dark Halloween theme, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink this at any other occasion. If I didn’t need it to be so dark, I think I would add some orange slices. Add orange slices and cinnamon, and it’s a perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas drink! Add apples and pomegranates and it’s perfect for any Fall occasion. You could also use white wine, maybe cranberries and rosemary? I’ve got so many ideas from this one!
If you want to celebrate Halloween by using pumpkin instead, I don’t have a sangria for that, but I have a delicious butternut squash and chevre soup for dinner and pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies for dessert. 🙂 Hope you’ll enjoy.
What are your Halloween plans this year?
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More Halloween themed recipes:
- Poison Blackberry Martini
- Jack O’Lantern Rice and Beans Stuffed Peppers
- Dracula’s Cherry Chocolate Cake
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Black Swan Cranberry Sangria
- 1 bottle dry red wine 750 ml
- 4 cups cranberry juice 1 liter
- 4 tbsp cointreau Any orange liqueur will do
- 1 orange juice
- 2 1/2 cups fresh cranberries 250g
- 2 cups sparkling water 500 ml, optional
- 2 tbsp maple syrup optional
- Pour 1 bottle of red wine with 1 liter of cranberry juice into a large pitcher. Add 60 ml (4 tbsp) of cointreau or any other orange liqueur, and juice of one orange.
- Wash the cranberries and add those to the batch. Give it a stir and let it rest. For the sangria to get it's rich taste, you should let it sit for at least 4 hours before serving.
- When you're ready to serve, add in the sparkling water and ice cubes, if desired.