Hallowtide Sangria

This red sangria is the perfect drink to celebrate Hallowtide, a three day celebration. It includes Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day.  In Mexico, it is also know as Days of the Dead.

Catholics celebrate the eve of All Saints Day.  It was established November 1st 1484 by Pope Sixtus IV.  It is All Hallows Eve or Halloween as we know it today.  There is a three day celebration called Hallowtide.

For Catholics, Halloween is the preparation of the upcoming feasts. All Saints Day (Nov 1) is an opportunity for the faithful to remember all saints known and unknown throughout the history of the church. All Souls Day (Nov 2)commemorates the departed faithful who are still in purgatory and who have not yet made it to heaven.
The English called saints or holy people “hallowed” giving it the name “All hallowed day. Because it is the eve before “hallowed day” it was shortened to All Hallows Eve and then Halloween.


Hallowtide Sangria

3 1/4 cups (26 fl. oz) dry red wine
1/3 cup (3 oz) sugar
1/2 cup Cointreau
1/2 cup lemon-flavored vodka
1 lemon, sliced crosswise
1 orange, sliced crosswise
1 lime, sliced crosswise
2 cinnamon sticks
4 cloves
2 cups (8 oz) sliced strawberries
1 bottle carbonated orange soda


In a sangria pitcher, combine all ingredients except the strawberries and soda.
Chill in the refrigerator overnight. Immediately before serving, stir the strawberries and orange soda. Pour into chilled glasses and serve.


Peace be with you,