Sparkling Mixed Berry Sangria with Mint

Labor Day might have come and gone but the temperatures are still saying 'summer'. We love to sit outside in the evenings watching our chickens free range - and what better way to relax than with a thirst-quenching beverage?

Traditional sangria uses wine and fruit to create a delicious pairing, so when I was asked to partner with Williams-Sonoma to create a signature sangria recipe for them, I decided to experiment with mixed berries and mint - both of which we grow on our farm. 

Juicing is a great way to retain the nutrients and fiber in any fruit or vegetable, so I decided to juice some of the homegrown berries we picked from our berry patch and I had frozen earlier this summer, then add some fresh mint along with few more ingredients, and create a sparkling mixed berry sangria - in this fun twist on a traditional sangria recipe.


Sparkling Mixed Berry Sangria with Mint

2 bottles red wine ( I chose Cherry on Top for it's jammy, berry goodness)
2 cups mixed berries, fresh or frozen (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.), juiced
1 additional cup mixed berries
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, crushed or ripped a bit to release the mint oils
1/2 cup simple syrup*
1 oz chambord or blackberry liqueur

12 oz club soda
Additional whole berries and mint leaves for garnish

Juice 2 cups of the berries, using a juicer, food processor, blender or even a mortar and pestle (strain the seeds if you aren't using a juicer) to retain all the yummy goodness.

Mix with the remaining ingredients (except the club soda and garnish) in a large pitcher and chill for several hours or overnight.

When ready to serve, add the club soda and serve over ice in glasses with additional mint leaves and berries as garnish.

*Note: To make simple syrup, simmer equal amounts sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and combined, stirring occasionally. Cool and refrigerate. Simple syrup lasts several weeks in the refrigerator.

-any good drinking wine will make a nice sangria, especially one with hints of fruit-
-fresh or frozen berries work equally well in this sangria-

-my Breville Compact Juice Fountain made quick work of the berries and remember your chickens will love the seeds-
-the juiced berries add a pop of yummy goodness-
-mix ingredients in a large pitcher and refrigerate for several hours or overnight-
-Pour sangria over ice in glasses and garnish with fresh mint-
A big thank you to Williams-Sonoma for inviting me to participate in their Sangria Challenge. Remember to visit for all your culinary, home and agrarian needs. 

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