Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Black Sangria Halloween Punch


Toast to All Hallows Eve with Refreshing Black Sangria

Black Sangria is a delicious blend of red wine and black tea, with a sweet yet earthy flavor. Dark red fruits, including cherries, berries, and black grapes, provide the sweetness. A touch of fresh lemon offers a tart counterpart.

My version of Black Sangria calls for more tea than most recipes. What's nice about this recipe is that it never turns out the same way twice. The blend can be varied in many ways depending on the type of wine that is used. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon work especially well, but you may choose any red table wine, or even grape juice for an alcohol-free version. Although the recipe calls for black tea, any flavor of brewed tea may be used, including vanilla, ginger, and fruit-flavored varieties.

Speaking of alcohol-free party beverages, Halloween is the perfect time to serve a cauldron of sparkling Black Halloween Punch. My version of the recipe is included here, since the ingredients are very similar to those of Black Sangria. Traditionally, Black Halloween Punch calls for water, but decaf herb tea adds more flavor and tones down the sweetness of the soft drink mixes and sugar.

What do you get when you cross orange and purple Kool-Aid? While the blend of orange and grape soft drink mixes does not yield a truly black mixture, the added color from the tea will make your Black Halloween Punch very dark indeed.

For extra fun at your Halloween party, be sure to include a few floating eyeballs in the punch bowl. Instead of ice cubes, try an eerie floating hand. If you're planning to serve beverages under a black light, a tonic water hand will glow in the dark. Share your own Black Sangria and Black Halloween Punch recipes and serving suggestions below.


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SANGRIA RECIPES
Black Sangria
Sangria with a Blend of Sweetness and Earthiness

Serves: 10 to 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients
  • 3 Bottles Chilled Red Wine (750 ml)
  • 4 Cups Strong Brewed Black Tea (Chilled)
  • 1 Large Bottle Club Soda (Chilled)
  • 1 Package Frozen Mixed Berries (16-ounce)
  • 1 Cup Seedless Black Grapes
  • 1 Cup Pitted and Halved Dark Cherries
  • 1 Fresh Lemon Sliced and Quartered

Instructions
  1. Place fruits and lemon slices in large bowl. Add the tea and one bottle of red wine. Stir mixture thoroughly and store in refrigerator until chilled.
  2. When ready to serve, pour mixture into punch bowl or beverage dispenser. Add the remaining chilled wine and bottle of chilled club soda.
  3. Ice cubes are optional. For a Halloween party punch, add floating eyeballs or a tonic water hand to punch bowl.

Kool-Aid (Packs of 48)
Kool-Aid Grape + Orange = Black Halloween Punch

Black Halloween Punch
Recipe Makes Approximately One Gallon of Alcohol-Free Halloween Punch
Serves: 10 to 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients
  • 1 Envelope Unsweetened Grape Kool-Aid Soft Drink Mix
  • 1 Envelope Unsweetened Orange Kool-Aid Soft Drink Mix
  • 3 Quarts Brewed Decaf Herbal Tea
  • 1-1/2 to 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Large Bottle Ginger Ale (Chilled)

Instructions
  1. Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, tea, and sugar until drink mixes and sugar are fully dissolved. Store mixture in refrigerator until chilled.
  2. When ready to serve, pour mixture into punch bowl and add bottle of chilled ginger ale.
  3. Ice cubes are optional. For a creepy touch, add floating eyeballs or a tonic water hand to punch bowl, and drape gummy worms over the edge of the bowl.

101 Sangrias and Pitcher Drinks
by Kim Haasarud

Mastering the art of Sangrias can be as easy as inviting friends over, slicing some fruit, and filling up a pitcher. Kim Haasarud, the Liquid Chef, presents 101 ways to get the party rolling, including her recipe for Black Cherry Sangria.

Kim Haasarud, the Liquid Chef
Cocktails, like food, should be culinary experiences. It is about combining ingredients to create a sensation on the palate and entice all the senses with a combination of flavors, textures, aromas, and garnishes

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BLACK CAULDRONS
Black Plastic Cauldron Set
16-inch and 12-inch Plastic Kettle Halloween Decorations
For a smoky effect near your cauldron punch bowl, use a smaller cauldron to float a piece of dry ice in water.

PUNCH BOWLS
Witch's Brew Halloween Punch Bowl and Ladle Set
Festive Ceramic Bowl Makes a Great Soup Tureen Too!

Three-Tier Cascading Lighted Party Fountain
Holds up to 1-Gallon of Beverage

Embossed Clear Punch Bowls
Clear Punch Bowl Available in 12-Quart or 8-Quart Capacity

Libbey Selene Punch Bowl Set
Set Includes Punch Bowl, Punch Cups and Ladle

PUNCH LADLES
Halloween Punch Ladles
Glass ladles are prone to breaking. Choose an acrylic or plastic ladle for your Halloween party punch bowl.

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SERVING SETS
Libbey Sangria Pitcher Set
Set Includes Six Footed Glasses and One 76-ounce Pitcher
This versatile serving set is made of clear glass. The glasses are dishwasher safe and hand-washing is recommended for the pitcher.

3-Gallon Unbreakable Beverage Dispenser
Features a Compartmentalized Base that Can Be Filled with Ice

FLOATING EYEBALLS
Not Recommended for Children Under 3 Years of Age
Ever get the feeling you're being watched? Surprise your Halloween party guests by adding a few floating eyeballs to the punch bowl.

TONIC WATER HAND
Tonic Water Hand Glows Under a Black Light
Make an eerie centerpiece for your Halloween punch bowl. If you're not serving punch under a black light, or would rather not add the flavor of tonic to your punch, simply use juice or water.


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