This black magic drink is a purple punch mixed with blackberries, black grapes, and black plums. Can be made tart (like a witch!) or spellbindingly sweet.

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A glass of black magic sangria on a plate with blackberries, black graps, and black plums.

About Black Magic Sangria

Whether you would call this black magic drink a sangria or an adult fruit punch, it’s bound to be a hit with its deep fruity flavor and festive look.

And the best part about this sangria?

It’s easy to customize to fit the theme of your party (and guests!)

If you’d like a dark and festive sangria (like the one pictured) that has a bit of a tart bite, use a dry red wine like Pinot Noir. The red wine will give the sangria a beautiful hue and will deepen the shades of the fruit.

OR if you’d like a more classicly sweet sangria, go with a Rosé or another light and fruity red. The sangria won’t be as deep in color, but the dark fruit will be more visible, giving it a different (but equally cool) magic vibe.

But no matter which wine you pick, this sangria is bound to be a spooky and crafty addition to any party!

What type of wine should you use?

For this recipe, I’d recommend sticking to the two types of wine defined below, as they tend to pair well with cran-grape juice.

  • Pinot Noir – This will give the sangria a tart flavor and a dark, spooky look. And if you really want to use Pinot Noir but are hesitant about the “tart” taste, you can always add 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar or simple syrup to help cut the bite.
  • Rosé – This will give you a lighter, sweeter, and more classic sangria taste, but the color of the sangria might be impacted.
Large pitcher full of black magic sangria decorated with black flowers.

How long should you chill sangria?

In most cases, sangria must be chilled to allow the fruit to work its magic, both in flavoring the sangria and absorbing the melody of liquids.

In the case of this sangria, chilling for a minimum of two hours should do – but if you use Pinot Noir, I’d recommend chilling for at least four hours. The extra time will give the fruit longer to saturate AND the black plums will take on a really pretty hue from the Pinot Noir.

Can you use sparkling Rosé?

If you use Rosé, check to see whether it’s sparkling (carbonated) or not. If it is, decide whether you want the sangria to still have some of that carbonation when served. If so, you may want to mix the fruit and fruit juice on their own, allow them to chill for the allotted time, and then add the Rosé to the sangria only after it’s been poured into serving glasses.

How long can you leave out sangria?

Sangria should be served chilled, so in most cases, you’ll be taking the sangria pitcher directly from the refrigerator and pouring it into glasses. Once the pitcher is out of the refrigerator, you probably have around 30 minutes to an hour (depending on the surrounding temperature) before the sangria gets to room temperature.

For food safety, the sangria should not sit at room temperature for more than 30 minutes. It’s best to always refrigerate sangria when it’s not in use.

How long does sangria last?

Once prepared, sangria can be stored in a pitcher in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Notes & tips for this Halloween sangria

  • I couldn’t find the pitcher I used for the photos online, but in my searches, I simply fell in love with this sangria pitcher set. It’s on my Christmas list!
  • Like the skull swizzle sticks used in the photos? I got them on discount last year but found a similar set online here: skull swizzle sticks.

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How to make black magic sangria

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a large pitcher, toss in the following ingredients: blackberries, black grapes, black plums, cran-grape juice, brandy, raspberry liqueur, and red wine.

Step 2 – Give everything a good stir and do a taste test. Depending on the type of wine you used, you may want to add a few tablespoons of sugar.

Step 3 – Chill!

Step 4 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

A glass of black magic sangria on a plate with blackberries, black graps, and black plums.
4.33 from 34 votes

Black Magic Sangria

5 mins prep + 2 hrs Chilling Time
196 kcal
Yields: 8 drinks
This black magic drink is a purple punch mixed with blackberries, black grapes, and black plums. Can be made tart (like a witch!) or spellbindingly sweet.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 cup black grapes, sliced in half
  • 2 medium black plums, sliced into wedges
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 750 milliliter red wine, Rosé or Pinot Noir – see post notes on choices
  • 2 tablespoon powdered sugar, optional, to taste

Instructions

  • In a large pitcher, add blackberries, black grapes, black plums, cran-grape juice, brandy, raspberry liqueur, and red wine.
  • Stir ingredients together and do a quick taste test. Depending on the type of wine you used, you might want to add 1-2 tablespoons of powdered sugar to sweeten the taste.
  • Let sangria chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving. If using a Pinot Noir, chill for at least 4 hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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5 comments

    • devina

    how long does this last in the fridge or freezer?

    • Latasha

    What about a BlackBerry brandy?

    • Julia

    Loving the dark purple hue of this sangria! I’ve never made sangria that wasn’t sweetened – but this is enticing, might make it with some simple syrup added. Thanks for the inspo and the pix are gorgeous!

    • Lisa

    I wonder how it would taste using Brachetto d’Acqui?

      • Chrisy

      Now you’ve got me wondering the same 😀 I’ll have to try it the next time I make this! Seems like it’d be a good fit.