Watching The 'True Blood' Finale? Try Making This Vampire-Inspired Sangria!

Sun, September 11, 2011 8:53am EDT by Add first Comment

Enjoy all of Sookie’s drama and gore while sipping tasty drinks tonight! We have recipes for you and your friends!

The True Blood season finale is upon us, so what better way to enjoy the last episode of the year than with vampire-themed sangria? Keep on reading to get a step-by-step guide from Betty Crocker on how to make this drink, which is sure to be a blood-sucking success!

Recipe: Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail

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

DIRECTIONS

STEP 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.

STEP 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.

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