A delicious and easy blackberry sangria recipe made with fresh blackberries, red wine, and fruit juices for a pitcher-perfect summer berry sangria!
I have always loved a good sangria. White wine sangria…red wine sangria… both! I find that they’re the perfect summer party signature “cocktail” because they satisfy the wine drinkers and fruity cocktail lovers alike. It’s truly the perfect celebratory drink to serve at a birthday party, baby showers, happy hour, a summer dinner party, and the list goes on!
Another reason I love sangria is because it’s prepped in advance making the perfect pitcher-drink so you don’t have to play bartender all night, making individual drinks. They’re all ready to pour – and this blackberry sangria is full of blackberry flavor!
Blackberries have always been a favorite of mine. I remember picking wild blackberries in upstate South Carolina when I was younger. I put up with the scratches and scrapes on my legs from the thorns because the blackberries were SO sweet.
Back to this sangria! Let’s talk about how to make it. Don’t worry, it’s an easy recipe.
Making Blackberry Simple Syrup
The sangria begins by making a simple syrup with fresh blackberries. This will give the sangria its sweetness (along with pineapple juice). It’s super simple which is why it’s called simple syrup. :)
- Combine fresh blackberries (2 cups), sugar (1 cup) and water (1 cup) to a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
- Use a wooden spoon (or potato masher) to press down on the blackberries as it comes to a boil. This helps release those natural blackberry juices and flavor.
- Once boiling, turn heat off and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Pour blackberry mixture through a fine mesh strainer or sieve into a glass or container. Now you have blackberry simple syrup! Easy, right?!
If you are pressed for time and do not want to make homemade blackberry simple syrup for your sangria, I have an easy solution! Monin Blackberry Syrup is a great brand of pre-made flavored blackberry simple syrup. You can swap it in (you’ll need 1 cup for this recipe).
To Make Blackberry Sangria:
In a large pitcher, you’ll combine the blackberry simple syrup with red wine, pineapple juice, Chambord and orange curacao! Lastly, top with lemon-lime soda (Sprite will do the trick) and enjoy! I have a few more details and the full recipe at the bottom of the post…
What’s the best red wine to use?
You can use pretty much any red wine you have on hand, it doesn’t need to be expensive. In fact, I wouldn’t suggest a high-end, expensive red wine in sangria. Enjoy those on their own! I usually use a Pinot Noir or red blend.
Tips for Making Blackberry Sangria
- You can make the sangria a few hours or the day before and store in the refrigerator. The flavors blend together so nicely, it’s really delicious!
- You CAN swap out the orange curacao for orange juice if you prefer, I just prefer the flavor of the orange curacao!
- Just before serving, add your lemon-lime soda (aka Sprite, Sierra Mist or even Ginger Ale) to the pitcher if you’re serving a large group and using it all up. If not, just top each individual glass with the soda as you serve it.
- Garnish with fresh lime slices, lemon slices and of course – fresh blackberries! The lime juice and lemon juice from the slices will infuse in the sangria the longer it sits, making it even more delicious!
- I also love to add a sprig of mint into my sangria. I used pineapple mint from my mom’s garden for this batch!
- Serve chilled (or at room temperature) and enjoy!
- 2 cups blackberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cup water
- 750 ml bottle red wine
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup Chambord
- 1/4 cup orange curacao (can substitute orange juice)
- 2 cups lemon-lime soda like Sprite, Sierra Mist, etc.
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 2 limes sliced
- 2 lemons sliced
Make Blackberry Simple Syrup
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add fresh blackberries, sugar and water. Stir and bring to a boil. Use the back of a wooden spoon or muddler to press on the blackberries to release their flavors and juices.
- Turn off heat and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from stove and strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove any blackberry pulp and seeds. You should have roughly 1 cup of blackberry simple syrup.
For the Blackberry Sangria
- In a large pitcher, combine the blackberry simple syrup, red wine, pineapple juice, Chambord, and orange curacao. Add extra garnish to the serving pitcher. Stir well and keep refrigerated until ready to serve over ice. You can also serve it at room temperature.
- Top with lemon-lime soda just before serving.
- Garnish with fresh lemon and lime slices and top with fresh blackberries.
- Feel free to substitute orange juice or triple sec for the orange curacao.
- You can also substitute the Chambord (a black raspberry liqueur) for a blackberry liqueur or blackberry vodka.
- Substitute lemon-lime soda for a lemon lime club soda or plain club soda, or leave it out altogether if you want a richer, stronger sangria.