Berry Berry Sangria

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Here is something I put together a week ago to help me use up some alcohol I had purchased. In preparation for New Years, I set myself a budget and made a trip to Warehouse Wine and Spirits, located at 735 Broadway in Manhattan, NYC. It is probably my favorite liquor store in the city, with its massive selections, helpful staff, and great prices.

I bought a bottle of champagne and a bottle of red wine. I don’t remember the names. The staff at the store recommended the $15 half-size bottle of French champagne. On my way out, I grabbed a random bottle of Rioja red wine. It was less than $10 and had a pretty looking label. The champagne was amazing! I was happy to invest in a smaller bottle of some nice champagne rather than a larger bottle of less as wonderful champagne. The bottle of wine on the other hand was not an easy drink. I’ve enjoyed other red wines before, but this one was definitely not my thing.

I had a large portion of the wine remaining. I started thinking of other ways to use it up, rather than letting it go to waste. I thought to myself… red wine sangria sounds like a nice idea!
I started browsing the Internet for an easy concoction to make some delightful fruity sangria. I kept a few things in mind. I wanted to avoid having to make another trip to the liquor store. I will pass by a local grocery store during the day, so that would be the place to pick up additional ingredients if necessary. This is what I came up with after some browsing.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of red wine (750ml)
  • 1 can of lemon lime soda
  • 2-3 cup of assorted berries (Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries)

Directions:

  1. In a large pitcher, add the assorted berries.
  2. Pour in a can of lemon lime soda followed by the red wine.
  3. Stir gently for a bit.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours. (The longer the better. I would recommend at least 48 hours.)

This berry berry sangria was extremely delectable. To my luck, the raspberries, blueberries and strawberries were on sale at the grocery store. Therefore, I added a whole bunch of it into the drink mixture. It was a great blend of flavors. I tried a small cup of the sangria after 24 hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours. I found that it tasted best after at least 48 hours. One variation to try would be to boil the berries with the soda beforehand to maybe extract more juices. One thing I do enjoy is eating the berries as I happily consume my drink. Cheers!

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