Berrylicious Sangria

Sangria is a great anytime kind of drink. It’s easy to make in large batches when you’re hosting or going to a party but can also be a fun drink on a casual summer night. Last week, I was heading up to visit a friend for the night and we decided to make some sangria to chat over.

She mentioned that she already had some raspberries and strawberries in her fridge. As I had only ever made sangria with citrus fruits (lemon, lime, orange, etc.), I thought it would be fun to try something new!

I took to Google and Pinterest to get some ideas, and here is our final product:

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Here’s the recipe for 1 750mL bottle of wine. Feel free to adjust it as needed – we had one of the larger bottles so we doubled everything!

Ingredients
•1 bottle of red wine (we used merlot and I really liked the flavor mixed with the berries)
•1 cup strawberries, sliced
•1 cup blueberries
•1 cup raspberries
•1/2 cup brandy (I just used an inexpensive bottle the guy at the liquor store suggested. A pint or even half pint will have more than enough if you’re not a brandy drinker)
•Sprite (to taste)
•Ice
•Optional: a few teaspoons of sugar if you’d like it a little sweeter. We didn’t use any and it tasted great!

Process
•Pour wine into a large pitcher
•Add berries, brandy and sugar (of desired). Mix with large spoon
•Place covered pitcher in fridge to sit. We let ours sit for about 2 hours and it blended well.
•Pour into cups, add ice and top off with some sprite

And ta-da! You have some delicious sangria to enjoy!

Some other tips:
•You can either put the berries in as is or crush/mull them so the juices mix in. We did it the first way so the berries would absorb the liquid and we could eat them. The strawberries were delicious that way.
•To fancy things up, you can dip the rim of your glass(es) in sugar.
•If you don’t have a pitcher, there are other options! Make it in a Brita pitcher (with the filter part taken out), mix directly in glasses in smaller portions, or buy a cheap one. Most grocery stores have large pitchers for under $5.

Enjoy!

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