Contributor Kara Stout is back to add frightfully delicious flavor to your Halloween party this year with her Spooky Sangria! Read on for the recipe, plus learn more about overcoming your fear of incorporating dry ice into your entertaining repertoire.
With Halloween already ‘creeping’ up on us, we’re planning our costumes, decorating, carving pumpkins, possibly listening to “Monster Mash” and definitely gathering ideas for the perfect Halloween party! I created this delicious, easy-to-make Spooky Sangria to help you spook and delight your party guests’ taste buds! This simple sangria, which consists of beautiful fruit, cinnamon, edible flowers and dry ice cubes, creates the perfect Halloween cocktail.
What’s more, this spooktacular cocktail is also great to sip on while watching scary movies all night, or for when you want to indulge in some adult fun while trick-or-treaters ring the doorbell.
Makes 6-7 servings
- 1 bottle of your favorite red wine
- 1 cup blueberry juice
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/3 cup blackberries
- 1/3 cup gold raspberries
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1-2 handfuls edible flowers
- 1 block dry ice
- Add all ingredients except the flowers to a punch bowl or sangria pitcher, and mix well.
- Place in fridge for at least one to two hours to allow fruit and cinnamon to infuse into the mix. The longer you let it chill, the more infusion that occurs, so feel free to let it chill up to six hours!
- Take out of fridge and add edible flowers.
- When ready to serve, add your dry ice! You can either add it to the whole bowl, each individual drink or both. Cheers!
A note about working with dry ice: It may seem a little intimidating to use dry ice, but it’s actually easier than expected. It does require special handling instructions, so make sure to discuss this when you purchase it. You can purchase dry ice very affordably at your local grocery store. It comes in a block, and it is recommended that you wrap it in a towel to keep the smoke from escaping and also for your own protection. Use a hammer to break it into cubes, and then using tongs, add to sangria. Make sure to always use tongs and never touch the ice directly. When serving, just add a small cube to your guest’s drink, and it will bubble and smoke for about five minutes.