Classic Sangria is a beautiful blend of seasonal fruits and wine that tempts your taste buds to embrace those amazing days of harvest. The blood-red color of the wine inspired the name Sangria, which is derived from the Spanish word for blood. Sangria is typically made with red wine mixed with sliced fresh fruit, fruit juices, soda water as well as a splash of orange liqueur and brandy.
Here's a new variation on the classic Sangria for you to conjure up for your blood thirsty ghoul friends as the bounty of the Okanagan fall harvest begins and the haunting spirits of Halloween beckon.
Let the sorceress in you escape while brewing a batch of Hallowine Sangria in your French press as the cauldron. Devilishly refreshing, customizable, and divine for those bloodcurdling socials, this "spooktacular potion" uses rose wine. Enjoy infusing various blends of fruit from the season while dappling in this enchanting concoction using the variations of Rose wine made here in our beautiful Okanagan. Some Rose wines have nuances of cranberry; others have bewitching tasting notes of strawberry, cherry and pomegranate.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup orange liqueur
1/3 cup brandy
1/2 cup sliced apples
1/2 cup sliced blood oranges (rind on)
1/2 cup cranberries
1 bottle of Okanagan Rose wine
¾ cup ginger ale (to taste)
Refrigerate the rose wine in advance.
Add brandy and orange liqueur into the French press.
Combine the sugar and water (the simple syrup) in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves
Add sugar mixture to the French press.
Slice up blood oranges and apples, squeezing the ends of the oranges for fresh juice.
Add orange juice and fruit to the French press.
Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled
Press your fruit through the French press
Add ginger ale just before serving
Add a few blood orange ice cubes to the wine goblet and fill with pressed Hallowine sangria
For extra ‘spookiness’ add a black cherry on a red or black cocktail stick.
Bloody Ice Cubes
Slice blood oranges and squeeze out the juice.
Pour blood orange juice into ice cube trays or drop cherries in water in the ice trays.
Place in freezer until frozen, at least 6 hours.
Hocus Pocus Tips:
The amount and variety of fruit you choose is up to you - Sangria is endlessly customizable.
Orange Liquor: adds a nice, sweet little kick to the drink without watering down the alcohol content.
Blood Orange Juice: Sweeten up the Hallowine Sangria by adding a little more citrus juice, which stretches out the potion a bit and reduces the alcohol.
Prepare in advance: let Hallowine Sangria meld over overnight for more flavour; this also saves on hostess preparation time before guests arrive.