This Witches’ Brew Black Sangria is tart, sweet, and perfectly spooky! It’s made with tart cherry juice, pomegranates, and a candied “blood” rim! I included notes on how to make it either kid or adult-friendly. Happy Halloween!

This Witches Brew Black Sangria is the perfect batch cocktail to make for your Halloween party this year. This punch is complete with spooky dry ice and fake blood rims made from cherry juice.
Witches' Brew Black Sangria

Black Sangria

I am so STINKING excited to bring you this recipe! I’ve wanted to bring you a bubbly witches’ brew for so long. Growing up, my mom would make us kids a (kid-friendly, of course) witches’ brew around Halloween. She’d whip up a delicious concoction of fresh juices, add a few cubes of dry ice, and serve it up in a big caldron. I LOVED that drink! It was so fun, so spooky, and so Halloween.

With a hat-tip to my mom’s amazing witches’ brew, this recipe is slightly elevated and very-much adult-friendly.

How to Make a Sangria

The base sangria revolves around pomegranate, tart cherry, and orange juice. We then add a little fizz and fun with ginger beer. Pick your favorite bottle of red wine to add in, and your sangria is finished!

NOTE: if you’re booze-free for whatever reason, simply omit the red wine! Follow the rest of the recipe as-written, add a few more bottles of ginger beer, and enjoy.

Witches Brew Cocktail

This Halloween Sangria is tart, slightly sweet, and has incredible depth. Best of all, you really can customize it to your liking. Note that you don’t need a big fancy caldron or punch bowl for serving. I used this pumpkin cast-iron, but any big pot would work!

Slightly whisk your sangria (or punch) ingredients together, pour it in your chosen bowl, and add a couple small pieces of dry ice to get the boil and toil rolling.

Witches' Brew Black Sangria
Witches' Brew Black Sangria
Witches' Brew Black Sangria

To serve, I LOVE this candied “blood” rim. The preparation is really simple. All you need to do is add a little tart cherry juice with some honey in a small sauce pot. Place it over high heat and let it simmer (reduce) for about 15 minutes, or until it becomes syrupy. As it cools, it will thicken and will give you that perfect finish! Dip your glasses in the candied blood, fill with ice, add a scoop of witches’ brew, and garnish with some fresh pomegranate seeds. DELICIOUS!

Witches' Brew Black Sangria
Witches' Brew Black Sangria

GOOD QUESTION. If you don’t have some leftover from your last ButcherBox delivery (where mine came from) know that you can usually find it at your local grocery store, but call ahead. If your local grocer doesn’t have any, give it a quick Google. Party supply stores are all over ready to help you with your spooky beverage plans!

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By Cassy
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 – 8 servings
This Witches’ Brew Black Sangria is tart, sweet, and perfectly spooky! It’s made with tart cherry juice, pomegranates, and a candied “blood” rim! 


For the Sangria:

  • 1/2 cup tart cherry juice
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 bottle of your favorite red wine Zinfandel would work great!
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 24 ounces ginger beer
  • dry ice

For the Candied Blood Rim:

  • 1/2 cup tart cherry juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds for garnish


For the Sangria:

  • Combine all ingredients for the sangria in a large pitcher, punch bowl, or cauldron.

For the Candied Blood Rim

  • Simmer for 15 minutes over low heat until thickened (it will stop boiling once the moisture evaporates off) let cool before garnishing.

For the Individual Drinks:

  • Dip each glass into cooled candied blood mixture and let it drip down the sides of each glass. Fill the glass with sangria and top with pomegranate seeds.


Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American, Italian-Inspired
Servings: 6 – 8 servings
Calories: 219
Keyword: cocktail, drink, red wine

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Cassy Joy Garcia, a New York Times best-selling author, of Cook Once Dinner Fix, Cook Once Eat All Week, and Fed and Fit as well as the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed & Fit.

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, Suz!!