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The seasonal flavors of blood oranges and blackberries come together in this simple red wine sangria.

Total Time: 30 minutes
Blackberry Sangria

Blackberry Sangria

A few weeks ago was my best friends baby shower. When she told me she was having her first baby I was super excited for her! I mean, here I was popping out kids left and right – well only 2, haha – since we’d known each other and I finally had a friend that was having a baby.

Now that I think about it, I don’t have many friends that already have kids. Weird.

Blackberry Sangria

Anyway, I originally wanted to plan the whole shower, but another mutual friend of ours swooped in and started planning before I had the chance to. Honestly, it was a blessing because planning a baby shower with three of my own kids would have been rough.

So instead, I was put in charge of food. Which I happily said yes to.

I started brainstorming all the different foods that I could make and came up with a pretty sweet list of things (like these beer pretzels I made into bites and these blue velvet cupcakes). One of which was this blackberry sangria.

Blackberry Sangria

I know that most people don’t usually have alcohol at their baby shower, but when I was thinking back to my first baby shower (over 10 years ago), I definitely had alcohol. I didn’t want it to be a boring shower where we just played silly little games and then ate a few things and then watched mommy-to-be open presents and then everyone left. I wanted an actual party where people stayed and mingled and hung out for a while despite the fact that it was a baby shower. So wine and beer were provided for guests.

I proposed this idea to my bestie and, of course, she was totally on board with the idea of having a sangria present next to the typical mocktail punch.

It was mid-February when I went shopping to start testing and meal planning recipes for the shower and Meijer had these gorgeous blood oranges on sale. Immediately I knew that I had to make a recipe with them. Then I remembered that I had some fresh (frozen) blackberries from when we went to the u-pick farm down the street last fall.

And sangria magic was born.

Blackberry Sangria

I have to say that this might be in the top 3 sangrias that I have ever made. The blood oranges and blackberry flavors meld together so perfectly with the red wine, it’s just a match made in sangria heaven.

This sangria was a such a hit at the party that I ended up having to make a second batch because it disappeared so quickly. Luckily I was smart enough to bring extra ingredients just in case that happened – even though I was hoping to save them and make a batch for myself. But oh well… the baby shower was a hit. And everyone loved my sangria… that’s all that matters.

Then I went to Meijer right after and bought more ingredients for myself. hehe

Blackberry Sangria

The seasonal flavors of blood oranges and blackberries come together in this simple red wine sangria.

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

Blackberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

Sangria

  • 2 (750ml) bottles red wine
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup chambord
  • 1 cup blackberry simple syrup
  • 4 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup blackberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup raspberries fresh or frozen
  • 2 blood oranges sliced

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, heat blackberries, sugar, and water over medium heat. Stir and crush blackberries with back of large spoon. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until reduced and sugar is completely dissolved.

  2. Pour mixture through fine mesh strainer to strain out blackberry seeds and pulp. Discard pulp and seeds and let syrup cool completely. 

Make sangria

  1. In a large pitcher, pour red wine, brandy, chambord, blackberry syrup and stir to combine. 

  2. Add blackberries, raspberries, and blood orange slices and stir. Gently pour in lemon-lime soda. 

  3. Serve immediately.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag #JENNMEYERING for an IG feature and FB Feature! Plus, I'd love to see your creations!

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