Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail

Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail
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Ingredients
  1. Sangria Simple Syrup
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup red wine, such as Merlot or Zinfandel
  4. 1 cup dark sweet cherries, stemmed, pitted and halved
  5. 1 stick cinnamon
  6. Strips of orange peel from 1 medium orange (orange part only)
  7. Sangria Martini Cocktail
  8. Ice cubes
  9. 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 oz) citron (citrus) vodka
  10. 2 tablespoons (1 oz) clear orange-flavored liqueur
  11. 2 tablespoons (1 oz) sangria simple syrup, chilled (above)
  12. 1 dark sweet cherry on a cocktail pick
Instructions
  1. 1To 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.
  2. 2To 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.
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