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cherry berry sangria

cherry berry sangria

  • Author: Simone Miller
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Drinks


Light and summery- perfect for backyard BBQs! 


  • 1 bottle fruity red wine*
  • 2 cups tart red cherry juice
  • 12 ounces cherries, (pitted and halved (about 2 cups))
  • 1 pound strawberries, (washed, hulled, and quartered (about 3 cups))
  • 6 ounces raspberries, (about 1 heaping cup)
  • 6 ounces blackberries, (about 1 heaping cup)
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • ice


  1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine, cherry juice, and fruit. Stir to combine and refrigerate for 2-8 hours. (It will still be good if you serve it right away, but will be more flavorful if you allow the fruit to infuse)
  2. When ready to serve, add the sparkling water and ice. 


*Many sangrias are the stuff of hangovers, which can be for a few reasons:

  1. So much added sugar in the recipe, in the form of soda and actual sugar
  2.  Using wine that also potentially has added sugar- labels need not disclose if any is added, and many mass produces wines add sugar and grape juice concentrate to fix the flavor of the wine 
  3. High sulfite levels or pesticide residue in the wine. 

My recommendation for wine used in sangria used to be “just buy the cheap stuff!”, but now that I’ve delved a bit deeper into the wine industry, I’m changing my tune. I recommend clean crafted wine for this, as well as for cooking and sipping. 

I only use my cherry pitter a handful of times per year, but when I do use it, I’m so glad I have it. I like to just tear the cherries in half after pitting them.