It's just not Halloween without a spooky cocktail to get us through it. This red Halloween Sangria is made with blackberry brandy for a twist on the classic Spanish drink.
Sangria is such a versatile drink, and it's a very forgiving basic recipe. You want:
- sweetener ( in this case, the type of brandy used also includes the sweetness needed )
There are two questions I get asked the most often when talking about sangria...
What kind of wine should I use for sangria?
Pick a cheap, dry, red wine. I used an Argentinian Malbec because I wanted something a little heavier to stand up to the sweetness, but you do NOT need to get that specific and stress about this. Go to Trader Joe's, pick something red and under $10, and call it a day.
What kind of brandy should I use for sangria?
The answer to this one depends on the recipe. I use cheap domestic brandy for my regular sangria recipe, but this one specifically calls for blackberry brandy. Blackberry brandy is sweeter than normal brandy, and also adds a little more dark color. You can use DeKuypers, Hiram Walker, or if you wanna get fancy, Chambord (which is not blackberry brandy but would a be delicious substitute.)
Other Halloween Recipes I love:
- Spicy Squid in Red Sauce
- Kir Royale Cocktail
- New York Sour Cocktail ( another red wine cocktail! )
- ½ cup blackberries
- ½ medium apple cored, skin on, chopped into small pieces
- ½ medium orange rind on, sliced into small pieces, large seeds removed . I used a blood orange for a little tartness and extra spooky flair
- ¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- ½ cup blackberry brandy plus more to taste
- 750 ml bottle dry red wine Spanish or french Red Table Wine is perfect - don't use anything too expensive! Scroll up in the post to see my specific favorites
- 2 cups ice
- Stir all ingredients in a large pitcher. Chill at least 1 hour or overnight, and serve.
I made this for a Hocus Pocus watch party and everyone LOVED it! It wasn’t too sweet or too tart. Just right.