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We just moved into a new house a couple of weeks ago. It’s so much more roomy, and we can have a bunch of people over without feeling like we’re all on top of each other. I am so excited to have our housewarming party, and since it’s October, I get to have a Halloween-themed party. Halloween is my absolute favorite Holiday, so I am a happy hostess.
Since like 90% of the parties we have are kids’ parties, I rarely get to serve any fun *adult* drinks. And while I’m no bartender, I love to get creative with alcohol. I tend to get really preoccupied at my own party, I wanted something that I could make in a big batch to give myself a chance to relax and enjoy our friends and family. Sangria is perfect because you make it a few days ahead of time, so it’s one less thing to worry about in the day-of-the-party rush. To go with the Halloween theme, I went a step beyond, making it a Spooky Sangria.
First, you need a very large drink container. I have this awesome pitcher with a spout that holds like two gallons. You’ll also need a few different kinds of fruit to put this together. I went a little crazy, but I was really hoping it would make a sort of fruit punch for grown ups. I also threw in some sparkling water, and a bit of orange juice. And of course, the most important ingredient here is the wine.
This is so simple to put together it almost feels like cheating. Everyone at your party will be so impressed, but you don’t have to tell them how easy it was.
First you’ll need to slice up your fruit. I sliced three pears, and four apples into thick slices.
I tossed those slices into the pitcher and then sliced up four oranges as well.
There’s really no rhyme or reason here, I was just all about filling up my pitcher with lots of flavor.
I also added some frozen fruits as well. I wanted cherries and peaches, but they’re not in season right now.
Once all the fruit is in there, it’s time to add the good stuff. I picked up two large bottles of Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon for this recipe. They’re perfect for entertaining, and reasonably priced. Check out this list of stores to see where Woodbridge in-store demos will be occurring near you.
I poured the entire contents of one bottle right on top of the fruit.
One bottle filled my pitcher a little over halfway, and then I topped it off with a bottle of plain sparkling water and a couple of cups of orange juice. I gave it a stir, and all that was left was to let it sit.
After soaking and settling for a day and a couple of taste tests, I topped it off with some of the second bottle of Woodbridge Wine. I ended up using about half of that bottle in there as well. The finished product is so fruity and delicious. The warmth of the Cabernet Sauvignon shines through, and it makes a perfect Fall beverage.
It looks great on its own, but if you want to add to the spooky factor, you can dress it up with some dry ice. How’s that for a Spooky Sangria?
Sangria is my absolute favorite way to drink wine, but there are so many other great options for drinking and pairing. For more great ideas, check out the Simple Entertaining website!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy red wine?