Halloween Sangria

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This spooky Halloween sangria is made with seasonal fruit, garnished with a colorful sugar rim, and is the perfect addition to your Halloween party spread.

glass of halloween sangria with halloween decor around it

Welcome to 2022’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek, a yearly Halloween blogging event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. This event is an online, week-long event that is filled with some amazingly wicked Halloween treats and recipes from some fantastic Halloween-loving bloggers!

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For this year’s 5th annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 20 hauntingly talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week. You can following the hashtag #HalloweenTreatsWeek on social media to collect all of these frightful recipes to use at your own Halloween parties and events!

Be sure to check out all of the fun Halloween recipes that we’re sharing this week down by the recipe card!

When it comes to party and holiday food spreads, I think it’s so fun to have both sweet and savory themed dishes (see my 50+ Halloween food ideas for kids, which can actually be for adults, too!).

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glass of halloween sangria with halloween decor around it

And while I don’t have too much in the way of cocktails around these parts, I do have a winter sangria recipe that folks love from Thanksgiving through Christmas. So I thought it was high time I added a spooky Halloween sangria recipe to the collection, too, so that y’all can just sip on seasonal drinks from October through December.

Not a bad deal, eh?


All dark sangria recipes start with the same basics. You need some sort of red wine base, fresh fruit, and typically some sort of liquor or liqueur.

Sangria can be sweetened or unsweetened, and in this case, we’re using that winter sangria I spoke about as a guide, which does have a sweetened component to it.


To start, we’re going to make a very basic simple syrup to sweeten our Halloween sangria.

If you’ve never made a simple syrup before, you’re going to be shocked to know that it is, indeed, simple.

We’ve made simple syrups for homemade coffee creamers, and it’s a great way to get sweetness into something without worrying about having to dissolve the sugar.

glass of halloween sangria with halloween decor around it

To make a simple syrup, you need equal parts granulated sugar and water.

Heat it in a saucepan on the stove, bring it to a boil, simmer until the sugar is dissolved, and then you’re good to go.

Yeah… They didn’t name it simple syrup for nothing!


Since sangria boasts a fruity flavor, I chose seasonal citrus in Halloween colors for this Halloween cocktail. We’ll be using oranges and limes to bring fresh fruit juice by muddling or mashing slices of fruit in the bottom of a large pitcher before bringing all of the ingredients together.

You’ll also be adding straight up orange juice and lime juice that you squeeze from the fruit as well. No shortage of fruity business happening in this sangria!


There are all types of wines you can choose here for this sangria. Be sure to use a good, quality red wine and avoid using a very expensive one, since you will be adding to it. The best wine for a sangria is one that you enjoy drinking by the glass.

Deep and fruity as opposed to super dry is ideal for the best flavor of sangria.

I prefer to use a cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, or pinot noir in my spooky sangria. We want a deep red/purple/black color (we’ll get to the dark color in a minute) so a red or red blend is your best choice.


Since I wanted to try my best to make truly black sangria, I first chose a brandy because I knew this was not a clear liquor. I use triple sec in my winter sangria, and while I love that orange flavor over there, I was open to a different flavor in this Halloween sangria recipe and knew that brandy fit the bill for something seasonal.

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I legitimately went to the brandy aisle of my liquor store and started perusing all of the bottles. I found blackberry brandy, which looked perfect since it was dark red/purple-y and would add to the color and flavor profile I was going for.


This is the fun part– I added frozen black grapes to my sangria before serving first and foremost to help chill it, but also to sort of mimic edible eyeballs. This is spooky sangria, after all. We need something grotesque!

You could also use apple slices, black plums, another red fruit… Whatever your Halloween heart desires. We already have the orange and green going on as far as “Halloween colors,” so change it up and use what you want. There is no real wrong way to sangria, except not having any, you know?


Now is the hard part… Let it hang out for at least 2 hours, but ideally overnight. Because you know how it goes… It just gets better with time!

glass of halloween sangria with halloween decor around it

Chill it, serve it as is, add something sparkling, or do whatever you want! My preference is to serve it with a sugared rim, Halloween-colored or not. Brown sugar works just as well and sticks with the fall vibe! So pick your rim and bottoms up!


That’s a great question, and here’s the thing… If you add in a purple sugar rim to add to the color scheme, maybe add some gummy worms or serve your sweet sangria in a skeleton-hand glass, it’s got Halloween written all over it.

Is there anything particularly or specifically “Halloween” about this sangria other than the seasonal ingredients or super dark color? Not especially. But it’s the spookiness in presentation and the fact that this is certainly not a summer sangria that makes all the difference.

glass of halloween sangria with halloween decor around it

Plus, if you serve it at an adult Halloween party and/or sip on it the whole time of the year that is “spooky,” it absolutely fits the bill and makes a spooktacular addition to the whole Halloween scene.

Looking for more Halloween fun? Check out some of my favorite Halloween recipes: cold witches brew coffee, Hocus Pocus brownies, mummy cinnamon rolls, and Halloween cheesecake.


glass of halloween sangria with halloween decor around it
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Halloween Sangria Recipe

This spooky Halloween sangria is made with seasonal fruit, garnished with a colorful sugar rim, and is the perfect addition to your Halloween party spread.
Prep Time15 minutes
Chilling Time12 hours
Total Time12 hours 15 minutes
Recipe Author Lynn April
Servings: 6 servings



  • ½ cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (120mL) water


  • 2 large (or 3 medium) oranges
  • 2 limes
  • 1 bottle (750mL) red wine1
  • ½ cup (120mL) blackberry brandy
  • frozen grapes optional



  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the granulated sugar and water.
  • Bring to a boil then immediately turn the heat down to low and simmer until all of the sugar is dissolved (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and allow to cool.


  • Once the simple syrup has cooled, slice one orange and one lime and add the slices to the bottom of a large glass pitcher. Muddle the fruit slices with a muddler or wooden spoon.
  • Juice the remaining oranges and lime and add the juice to the pitcher, along with the simple syrup, red wine, and blackberry brandy. Stir to combine. If you want a truly black or dark purple sangria, you can add food coloring to the pitcher at this point.
  • Allow sangria to chill in the fridge minimum of 2 hours (the longer the better). Add frozen grapes, if using, to individual glasses right before serving. Serve chilled2 with a sugared rim (I used chunky purple sugar but brown sugar will work just fine, too).


  1. Red wine: be sure to use a good, quality red wine. Avoid using a very expensive one, since you will be adding to it, but choose one that you enjoy drinking by the glass. Deep and fruity vs super dry is ideal for sangria.
  2. To serve sparkling: right before serving, top off your pitcher with sparkling water, seltzer, club soda, or ginger ale.
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Nutrition Disclosure

All nutritional values are approximate and provided to the reader as a courtesy. Changing ingredients and/or quantities will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 112IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

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