Halloween Sangria

I love Halloween! Crisp air (or snow…it is Michigan after all), pumpkins, apples, costumes, scary movies…it’s all good to me. The next three posts here on Cooking the Book are going to be Halloween-themed and I’m so excited! Today is, of course, Thirsty Thursday, so we’re starting with a really lovely sangria.

Sangria is Spanish and literally translates to “bleeding.” Perfect Halloween drink, am I right? This particular libation was inspired by the Devil’s Sangria by Kim over at Cravings of a Lunatic.

My version uses one of my very favorite wines, Night of the Living Red by Sandhill Crane Vineyards. It’s a delicious, semi-sweet, spiced red wine. If you like mulled wine, you will love this one! I stuck with orange and cranberry for my sangria. Those are two flavors that go absolutely perfectly with the spices in this particular wine. I also chose to leave out the sparkling water from the original recipe, but if you want to add some fizz, try a lime  variety for another layer of great flavor. Or, leave out the cranberry juice and use cranberry soda instead (Meijer makes one for those of you who live near this Michigan staple or, there is a seasonal cranberry Sprite that you may be able to find.)

halloween sangria
Side note, if you love spicy, try Sandhill Crane’s Revenge of the Living Red. It’s got a nice kick from hot peppers!

Sangria is super easy to make, yet feels fancy. If you’re having a Halloween party, give this a try! Or, just mix up a batch and settle in with your favorite Halloween movie!

Halloween Sangria

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Delightfully ghoulish!


  • 750 mL bottle Night of the Living Red (or your choice of red wine)
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup triple sec or other orange liqueur
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries


  1. Mix all ingredients in a pitcher.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours before serving.

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