Blood-Red Sangria

This citrusy martini gets its striking layered appearance from drops of sangria-inspired simple syrup made from red wine and dark sweet cherries.

INGREDIENT

  • 1 1/2 oz Citron Vodka
  • 1 oz Orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1 oz Sangria simple syrup, chilled
  • 1 Dark sweet cherry

Directions

To make simple syrup, 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. Makes about 1 1/2 cups. To make cocktail, fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka and orange liqueur to cocktail shaker; cover and shake. Strain into martini glass. Drizzle sangria syrup into cocktail in glass. Garnish with cherry.

Sangria Simple syrup

1 cup 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)