Blackberry sangria is an easy-to-make white wine cocktail for one or a crowd! Whip up the perfect summer drink with blackberries and vodka!
I’m all about easy — you’ll never see me mixing a complicated drink. This Backyard Blackberry Sangria is perfect because you can make one glass or enough for all your shrimp boil guests. Grab a mason jar, and let’s get mixing!
BACKYARD BLACKBERRY SANGRIA
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I love Carrabba’s blackberry sangria and had to make my own. This blackberry sangria recipe is so simple, with fewer calories, sugar, and carbs than the Italian chain restaurant’s version.
Every good sangria starts with wine. I had an open bottle of wine in my refrigerator, so that’s how this cocktail started. This blackberry sangria cocktail recipe is the perfect way to use fresh summer fruit and that leftover wine from your dinner party.
Blackberry Sangria Ingredients
WINE: I love this white wine sangria recipe! I use Sauvignon Blanc for this perfect summer cocktail, but you can use your favorite white wine or even a red wine for a deeper flavor.
VODKA: To add even more blackberry flavor to the mix, I use a blackberry-infused vodka. When I can find it, I’ve also used marionberry vodka, but you can also use plain vodka or any fruity flavor to add a little more zing.
BLACKBERRIES: You can use fresh or frozen blackberries for this easy sangria. I use this as an excuse to buy tons of fresh blackberries, but it’s also fun to freeze a few and use them as fruity ice cubes!
GINGER ALE: Sangria is always better with bubbles. I like to add ginger ale right before serving for that fizzy pop, but you can also add a little more alcohol with some fresh champagne.
How to Make Blackberry Sangria
- First, mix the wine and vodka together. You can do this in mason jars for single servings, or a big pitcher for a party.
- Then, add your berries. You want them fully submerged in the white wine sangria mixture. Let the flavors meld in the fridge overnight (or at least 4 hours). Don’t be surprised by the dark color the next day!
- When it’s time to serve, add some ice to your glasses and fill them almost all the way with your sangria. Top with some ginger ale and enjoy… responsibly!
I like to garnish mine with a sprig of fresh mint from my garden. Since I can’t get enough fresh fruit in my sangrias, sometimes I add orange slices and lime slices for a Carrabba’s copycat blackberry sangria. I love this easy blackberry sangria recipe because I can make a couple of glasses or a whole pitcher!
What’s The Best Wine For Sangria?
For this white wine sangria recipe, I used Sauvignon Blanc. With all the added fruit, a dry white wine balances well versus a sweet wine.
However, use what you have and what you love! If you love Moscato, Riesling, or Pinot Grigio, use it! When it’s mixed with vodka and fresh berries, it’s a whole new drink.
Also, there’s no need to use expensive wine for this blackberry sangria recipe. When choosing wine for your sangria, aim for a mid-priced bottle at your local liquor store.
What Fruit Is Best in Sangria?
When it comes to fruit in sangria, there’s no wrong answer! I keep it simple in this recipe with just blackberries but feel free to mix it up.
When I’m making white wine sangria, I tend to use fresh summer fruits like strawberries, grapes, kiwi, pineapple, or mango. Make sure to keep all your fruit bite-sized.
In traditional Spanish red wine sangria, you’ll often find oranges, lemons, and Granny Smith apple slices. Whatever you use, let it soak in the alcohol overnight for the best sangria ever!
More Amazing Summer Cocktail Recipes
- Moscato Pink Lemonade Punch
- Frozen Banana Daiquiri
- Rosemary Peach Tequila Punch
- Orange Strawberry Rosé Sangria
- Tequila Blackberry Lemonade
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Tools used to make Backyard Blackberry Sangria
Mason jars: I love making this blackberry sangria recipe because I don’t have to make a gallon or do the math myself! Shake everything up in a mason jar and you’ve got the perfect pool drink.
Pitcher: If you’re going to make a big batch of this sangria for a party, use a gorgeous glass pitcher so you can see the fresh blackberries floating in it. There’s no wrong way to serve sangria!
*This post originally posted on 05/22/2015.
- 8 ounces dry white wine (like sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio)
- 4 ounces vodka
- 1 cup blackberries fresh or frozen
- 4 ounces ginger ale
- Limes sliced
- Oranges sliced
- Fresh mint for garnish
- Place blackberries into a quart mason jar. Pour in wine and vodka.
- Cover the jar with a lid and refrigerate for at least 4 hours to overnight.
- When ready to serve, fill two glasses halfway with ice. Add lime and orange slices for garnish if desired.
- Pour the sangria into each glass until almost full. Pour some ginger al on top of each cocktail and then garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve immediately.
How many days ahead can you make this?
Aubrey Cota says
If you wait to add the fruit till later then you can make this up to a week in advance, kept refrigerated. If you plan on adding the fruit right away, then I would stick with the recommendation of only the night before.
TARA CUDDIHY says
TOTALLY AMAZING BUT BLOODY HELL WMHAT A HANGOVER
Aubrey Cota says
Uh Oh!! haha gotta make sure to drink a cup of water in between some of those! Glad you liked it.