Monday, September 12, 2011

Betty Crocker Releases ‘True Blood’ Inspired Cocktail & More for Fall TV!

Attention, Truebies!

It’s True Blood‘s season finale is finally here and recipe wiz Betty Crocker has created the prefect nightcap! This cocktail is only one of the many delicious concoctions from Fanfare, Betty Crocker’s newest collection of recipes inspired by popular TV shows. Curl up on the couch with a blood-red sangria martini (after all, “sangria” means “bleeding” in Spanish!) and tune into True Blood tonight! Check out the recipe after the jump!

Recipe: Blood-Red Sangria Cocktail
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)
Sangria Martini Cocktail
Ice cubes
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 oz) citron (citrus) vodka
2 tablespoons (1 oz) clear orange-flavored liqueur
2 tablespoons (1 oz) sangria simple syrup, chilled (above)
1 dark sweet cherry on a cocktail pick
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.
Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of orange peel. Be sure to remove only the orange part of the peel; the white part, called pith, is bitter.