This Magical Sangria is the perfect Halloween sangria and is loaded with red wine, blackberries, bourbon, orange liqueur, Italian soda, cinnamon, and fresh fruit! Add a little silver edible glitter to make it really look like the night sky.
This slightly sweet blackberry sangria is potent and full of flavor! A Spanish friend of mine once told me that the secret to Spanish sangria is actually using a soda like 7Up or Sprite, which sounds crazy, but it really does make that difference. For this spooky sangria, I have used orange Italian soda to give it its extra bubbly something!
I love entertaining during Halloween, and the best way to have a good Halloween party is to have a fantastic festive cocktail! Just check out this Haunted Halloween Punch, Practical Magic Midnight Margaritas, or this Hades Snare Gin Halloween Cocktail.
⭐ Why I love this recipe:
- The flavors are rich and delicious! This is such a flavorful and balanced sangria! The wine, blackberry, and orange flavors blend so well together, and the hint of cinnamon really makes this over-the-top delicious.
- So easy! No special tools are needed, and it's all made in one pitcher!
- Totally magical! I highly suggest adding a little silver edible glitter to make it look extra magical!
Key Ingredients and Substitutions:
Red Wine: A full-bodied red wine works best, and I highly recommend using a wine that has been aged in bourbon barrels! It will meld and bring out the flavor in the bourbon.
Bourbon: Using good-quality bourbon is essential for a tasty drink. You can select any bourbon you prefer! I used Four Roses Small Batch for this recipe, but Woodford Reserve, or Angels Envy would also work well with these flavors.
Dry Curacao Pierre Ferrand or Orange Liquere: Pierre Ferrand Dry Orange Curaçao is a premium French version of triple sec. It's blended with brandy and cognac, which goes so well with the red wine and bourbon. But you can substitute for any orange liqueur.
Fresh Fruit: This is a fall-based blackberry sangria, so fresh or frozen blackberries, apples, and oranges work perfectly!
Italian Orange Soda: the orange flavor works so well with the bourbon and the liqueur, but you could substitute for blood orange soda in a pinch!
Cinnamon Sticks: sticks are sweeter and more subtle than ground cinnamon and add a lovely visual component. You can substitute for 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon if sticks aren't available.
How to make this recipe:
Step 1: Muddle 1 cup of blackberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar in a large pitcher.
Step 2: Add the wine, bourbon, orange liqueur, and soda to the pitcher.
Step 3: Add the cinnamon sticks, sliced apples, oranges, and remaining blackberries and chill for 1+ hours
Step 4: Add the silver glitter if using and pour it into ice-filled glasses.
- If you are pinched for time, you can skip the chill time, but that is what really lets the cinnamon and fruit flavor meld with the wine.
- If you don't have cinnamon sticks, you can use 1-2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
- Make this the night before to save on time! This recipe will do really well chilling overnight.
- If you don't have a muddled, use a kitchen spoon to smash the blackberries into the sugar.
Here's a video showing how to make the recipe!
Red wine sangria like this will keep for three days in the refrigerator.
Yes! Make and store this cocktail in the fridge overnight.
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This Magical Sangria is the perfect Halloween sangria and is loaded with red wine, blackberries, bourbon, orange liqueur, Italian soda, cinnamon, and fresh fruit!
- 2 cups blackberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 bottle of full-bodied red wine - preferably bourbon barrel-aged
- ½ cup bourbon
- ½ cup Dry Curacao Pierre Ferrand or Orange Liquere
- 1 Cup Italian orange soda
- 1 apple thinly sliced
- 2 oranges sliced
- 4-5 cinnamon sticks
- Muddle 1 cup of blackberries with two tablespoons of sugar in a large pitcher.
- Add the wine, bourbon, orange liqueur, and soda to the pitcher.
- Add the cinnamon sticks, sliced apples, oranges, and remaining blackberries and chill for 1+ hours.
- Add the silver glitter if using, and pour it into ice-filled glasses.
- Garnish with cinnamon sticks.
This sangria is best chilled for 1-2 hours before serving to allow the cinnamon and fruits to infuse. The longer the chill time, the better the flavor will be.
I also suggest using a high-quality bourbon such as Woodford Reserve, Four Roses Small Batch, or Angels Envy.