A couple of years ago I fell in love with Carrabba’s Blackberry Sangria and began a search to find a similar recipe. As luck and the internet would have it, I came across the exact recipe I was looking for online. But as MY luck would have it, the ingredients seemed foreign … bisanzio wine? monin syrup? tuaca italian liqueur? blackberries? This may not seem intimidating to some people but to this not-a-wine-aficionado, awkward-in-a-liqueur store, strawberries-are-an-exotic fruit, kind of girl these ingredients seemed like a scavenger hunt gone bad. Did I ever mention I like things easy? These ingredients just didn’t seem to fit the bill.
Maybe I would just settle for always drinking my Blackberry Sangria at the restaurant… that wouldn’t be so bad, would it? Seemed like a plan, that is, until I got my fancy glasses and matching pitcher (on clearance) at Pier 1. After that, I was determined to make my own batch of sangria- the glassware was calling for it! Everywhere I went I was on the lookout for ingredients. Blackberries, it turns out, are very easy to find in any freezer section. Blackberry syrup, not so easy, but I found you can substitute raspberry or loganberry syrup instead which I found in the gourmet coffee section and the drink mixer aisle, respectively. Tuaca happens to be easily found in the liqueur store and is oh so yummy. As for the wine, I still don’t know what I was looking for but have used three different kinds, Montepulciano D’Abauzzo, Adesso Cagnina DiRomagna and Principato Rosso, and each worked just fine.
Lesson learned: all good things are worth the effort. This is seriously such a treat to drink. Once you have all the items on hand you are pretty set to make a few batches with the exception of the wine so buy a couple of bottles My suggestion, go get some fancy glasses, make enough to share then invite your favorite people over and enjoy!
- 1.5 liters red wine such as Montepulciano D'Abauzzo, Adeso Cagnina DiRomagna or Principato Rosso
- 14 ounces cranberry juice
- 14 ounces syrup (Monin Blackberry, Torani Rasberry or Crystal Beach Loganberry)
- 6 ounces Tuaca Italian Liqueur
- Fresh or frozen blackberries
- lemon slices
- orange wedges
- Mix all liquid ingredients together and add blackberries. Refrigerate and let sit for a few hours or overnight. When serving, add a wedge of orange and lemon slice and serve over ice (in a fancy glass).