A Dead and Berried Sangria Perfect for a Dead Man’s Party…
Halloween is quickly approaching, and if you’re like me, chances are that you’ve been planning your Halloween festivities since last November.
Most things for a party can be planned well ahead of time and streamlined (food, decorations, costumes, invitations)…except for cocktails. Sometimes serving drinks for a crowd can get a bit scary…who wants to be stuck behind the bar prepping drinks during their party?
Or, even worse, if you let your guests serve themselves, some of them can get a little heavy-handed with the booze, and before you know it…your liquor cabinet has gone bone dry!
Punches, like my Dead and Berried Sangria, are a great way to serve drinks to a crowd, while controlling how much (or how little!) alcohol goes into them. Using a large beverage dispenser instead of a punchbowl makes for no-fuss, no-mess way of serving.
My recipe for my Dead and Berried Sangria is a hit at every party, and you can choose to make it as mild or as potent as you wish by using different types of wine, or omitting the liquor.
But just a warning – this Dead and Berried Sangria goes down extremely easy! Some have referred to this as a “liquid fruit salad”, while others dubbed it as “evil” because the alcohol is well-disguised among the mixture of fresh fruit flavors. The alcohol-saturated fruit at the bottom of the dispenser makes for a nice little treat, as well. Prepare this mixture ahead of time, and serve the fruit on the side as an optional garnish if using a large drink dispenser.
Dead and Berried Sangria – a Cocktail Fit for an Undead Crowd!
What You Need:
- 1 750ml bottle red moscato wine (or your favorite sweet red blend)
- 1-2 cups mixed berry 100% juice
- 1 cup blackberry syrup (such as Monin or Torani)
- 1 green apple, chopped
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 2 16-oz bags of frozen mixed berries
- 4-6 oz liquor of choice (OPTIONAL – I used Sangre de Vida tequila)
What To Do:
In a large pitcher, mix together all liquid ingredients, except liquor. Add berries, chopped apple, and sliced lemon and orange to the pitcher. Stir until well combined.
After stirring, refrigerate for a few hours to allow flavors to blend.
If adding liquor, add it to the pitcher right before serving.