Sangria Martini Cocktail

This citrusy martini gets its striking layered appearance from drops of sangria-inspired simple syrup made from red wine and dark sweet cherries (after all, "sangria" means "bleeding" in Spanish!). An "impaled" cherry adds the finishing touch.


1 serving

Sangria Simple Syrup Ingredients

1 cup granulated (white) 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 Ingredients

ice cubes 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) citron (citrus) vodka 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) clear orange-flavored liqueur 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) sangria simple syrup, chilled (above) 1 dark sweet cherry on a cocktail pick


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.

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.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 45 minutes + chilling

Additional Information

Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of orange peel. Be sure to remove only the orange part of the peel; the white part, called pith, is bitter.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Cocktail): Calories 260 (Calories from Fat 0), Total Fat 0 g (Saturated Fat 0 g, Trans Fat 0 g), Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 0 mg; Total Carbohydrate 27 g (Dietary Fiber 0 g, Sugars 25 g), Protein 0 g; Carbohydrate Choices: 2

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