Leading up to Halloween, Backsberg challenged 7 lifestyle influencers to recreate a spooky sangria-inspired cocktail recipe developed by foodie influencer, Nita West (@nita.west).
Each influencer received a special box containing the ingredients to make a Halloween Sangria. Ingredients included a bottle of Backsberg Merlot, a bottle of Backsberg Sydney Back Brandy as well as ginger ale, juice, decorations and spices.
Participants were given one week to recreate the cocktail recipe and post a picture of it on Instagram for judging. Entries were judged on creativity, presentation and effort, with the help from the public, who voted for their favourites.
All participants went above and beyond in the effort they put into their cocktail creations, but Backsberg’s overall winners are as follows:
Winner: Simone Kruger | @ypapaya
Second Place: Paige Rigby | @the_wine_paige
Third Place: Lisa Georgiades | @polkadotsnwine
And the winning voter? That’s @belinda_richter. Both Belinda and Simone will receive a mixed case of Backsberg wine while the runner-ups will be popping open a bottle of Backsberg bubbly in celebration.
Here are some of the other fantastic entries:
Thank you to all those who participated! We wish you a truly mischievous and magical Halloween ahead.
Nita West’s Recipe
1 bottle of Backsberg Merlot (750ml)
½ cup of Backsberg Sydney Back brandy
400 ml Ginger ale
½ cup orange juice (changed the ¼ cup to ½ cup when I tasted)
½ cup spiced simple syrup – boil 2 cups of water with 1 cup of sugar, cinnamon, star anise, clove, nutmeg, ginger (or other spices as desired)
½ lemon squeezed in simple syrup once cooled
Cool your simple syrup, measure amounts needed and mix all the ingredients. Chill for 2-4 hours and garnish with apple or orange slices.