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Photos by Lindsay Kinder

When I was little, my family hosted an annual father-daughter Halloween party. Imagine a gaggle of pop-culturally aware 8-year-olds dressing up their dads as variants of Dennis Rodman (including the neon spray-painted hair).

We replaced our guest bathroom light bulb with a black light (so spooky!), and my dad and I convinced the local seafood department to give us a big chunk of dry ice to put near the punch bowl.

I still love Halloween just as much, but I’ve traded the Butterfinger, Twix, and punch for pinot noir and mandarin blossom vodka (is this what they mean by #adulting?!).

This fall-inspired sangria strikes a perfect balance of tricks and treats — it’s loaded with figs, apple, and cinnamon and is topped off with a creepy floating ice hand for a good-spirited spook!

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Traditionally, sangria is a mixture of wine, booze, sugar, and fruit. Use the ingredients below as suggestions and stick to the proportions, but you can substitute ingredients you have on hand (like a different type of red wine, Cointreau instead of orange vodka, or simple syrup instead of date syrup).

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Ingredients

  • 3 plastic gloves (for decoration)
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle pinot noir
  • 5 ounces date syrup (or simple syrup)
  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 2 1/2 ounces mandarin blossom vodka (or Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 8 fresh figs, sliced lengthwise
  • ½ apple, sliced thin
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2–3 star anise pods

Directions

  1. To make ice hands, fill plastic gloves with water, tie off ends, and freeze overnight.
  2. Whisk pinot noir, date syrup, brandy, and vodka together in a punch bowl.
  3. Add figs, apple, cinnamon sticks, and star anise pods. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready to serve, add ice hand(s) to punch bowl. Ladle sangria into individual wine glasses with a large ice cube.

This post originally appeared on FOOD LA LA.

Lindsay is the founder of FOOD LA LA and believes deeply in the healing power of creativity — leveraging food as the perfect blank canvas. Follow her creations on her website and Instagram!