It’s almost summer, so I say bring on the sangria! I created this recipe for the coffee shop I work in, and I decided it would be perfect to share on the blog because it is super simple and looks really pretty for a party or event. (Or perhaps a little Mother’s Day Treat? Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely mamas out there!)
This recipe is created to serve one individual 16 oz wine glass. Since it involves sparkling wine, it works best to serve in individual glasses rather than combining everything in a large pitcher so the bubbly doesn’t go flat.
Sparkling Berry Sangria
Into the glass in this order:
1 oz Berry Simple Syrup (recipe below)
1/2 oz merlot or red wine of choice
5 oz sparkling water (I used Pellegrino)
Fill the rest of the glass with pink sparkling Moscato (I used Barefoot), leaving just a little room for berries
Handful of frozen blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
Berry Simple Syrup
1 cup mixed berries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Bring this mixture to a gentle boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Letting it simmer allows the mixture to absorb the berry flavor and get a little bit thicker. After simmering, strain the mixture with a mesh strainer, removing the berry pulp. What’s left after straining is your simple syrup. This can be refrigerated until you’re ready to use it, so you could make this ahead of time and have it ready to assemble into glasses.
This recipe creates a very light, bubbly, refreshing drink. If you want more of a traditional tasting sangria, I would add more red wine and cut back on the Moscato. I hope you get a chance to try this recipe out while enjoying some sunshine and good company. Cheers!