It’s Friday night somewhere. That’s what we tell ourselves on Wednesday nights now when we are drinking this boozy berry Sangria on the back porch. Life is weird these days, but one thing I am thankful for is that we have more time for back porch sitting. And by that I mean back porch drinking. Unconventional weeks call for unconventional Sangria. It’s called use what you have Sangria now. I had berries, red wine, and wait for it…whiskey. No brandy, no oranges, no basic Sangria.
I used the most amazing blackberry Whiskey, made by Bird Dog. On any given night I could just drink it straight up. They make several flavors, I have them all, they are all the best.
How To Make Boozy Berry Sangria
It starts with all the berries. I had a bunch of berries that were on the edge a couple of weeks ago, so I froze them for smoothies. No need for smoothies though when there is a pitcher of Sangria in the pipeline. I used those berries; a mix of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries and I threw them in the pitcher frozen. Not fancy.
Next goes the blackberry and/or black cherry whiskey and two Tablespoons of Swerve granulated sugar substitute or sugar.
Next, a little soda water. I made my own using my Soda Stream. This is one of my favorite essential small kitchen appliances. I don’t need to store soda water in the pantry, or deal with the weird sharp flavor store bought soda water has. The Soda Stream makes carbonated water and other flavored sodas that taste perfect. If you don’t have a Soda Stream or soda water, just use regular water but know that the soda water gives it a little something.
Next, pour in a bottle of wine. Expensive wine? No. Spanish wine? If you have it, but no. Here is what you should pour in:
- Whatever you have: Me
- Cheap red wine: Me again
- Malbec: rich flavor
- Merlot: already a little fruity
- Cabernet Sauvignon: hint of blackberry and black currant
- Pinot Noir: lighter choice with upfront fruitiness
Here is the biggie: you need to leave it for at least 8 hours; I left mine for 24 hours and that was perfect. The fruit needs a chance to macerate and blend in with the wine. It needs a chance to add that fruity sweetness that is SO SANGRIA-ish.
Here’s the other biggie: I didn’t just call this “boozy” to be catchy. This is boozy boozy. She boozy friends. This Sangria goes down easy and after one glass you might be in full party mode. It’s okay though because Wednesday is the new Saturday.
Sangria Goes Great With:
This boozy berry Sangria is full of sweet berries and an unconventional choice: blackberry whiskey. Use whatever red wine you have on hand.
1 1/2 cup mixed berries
6oz blackberry whiskey
juice of 1 lime
2 1/2 cups soda water (I made my own using Soda Stream)
2 Tbsp Swerve granulated sugar substitute OR sugar
1 bottle red wine of your choice
In a large pitcher add berries, swerve, and whiskey
Add lime juice and soda water
Add red wine and stir
Let stand in refrigerator at least 8 hours or even better 24 hours
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Stir
- Cuisine: Spanish
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