I love all wine, but generally I prefer red. In the summer, however, my favorite Malbec or Pinot Noir can be too heavy for a warm evening on the patio. That’s when I love to make this very berry red sangria. Chilled and fruity, it’s an absolute delight.
It’s great for a party, which is why I made it for one of our True Blood watch parties. Every summer, we spend Sunday nights at our grandma’s house for the delightfully tacky, grossly bloody, absolutely ridiculous HBO show about vampires in the south and a telepathic barmaid named Sookie.
(Yes, my 80-something grandma loves True Blood. And wine.)
I loved the books (see my tribute to the series here) and stuck out as the adaptation for television had gotten increasingly campy. Believe me, wine is necessary.
And this recipe makes for a bloody good time, no matter how terrible the episode is.
Very Berry Sangria Recipe
- 1 bottle red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon or a table/blended wine works best, in my opinion—I used Ménage à Trois)
- 1/2 C brandy
- 1/2 pint raspberries
- 1 gala apple, diced
- 1/2 pint blueberries
- 1/2 pint strawberries, hulled and diced
- 1/2 C simple syrup
- 1 C white grape juice
- 1/2 liter club soda (optional)
- Add wine, brandy, simple syrup, and juice in pitcher.
Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Add club soda before serving over ice.
Be careful! This sangria packs quite a bunch. For a lighter sangria, try my berry basil white sangria.