Sangria Simple Syrup

Sangria-inspired simple syrup made from red wine and dark sweet cherries (after all, "sangria" means "bleeding" in Spanish!).

Yield

about 1 1/2 cups (1 serving)

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)

Directions

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.

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.

Use to make a Sangria Martini Cocktail.

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