Blackberries and strawberries come together with a sweet red wine and a kick of Absinthe to make this very berry sangria!

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About Blackbeard Berry Sangria

When my mother was visiting us last March, the three of us (myself, Mom and an old friend of mine) made a trip to Total Wine to spend a gift card that my mother had given an old friend of mine as a belated Christmas present.

So while he went off to pick through all his favorite wines my mother and I browsed around and busied ourselves by checking out all the mini liquor bottles.

This was the same shopping trip where I picked up ingredients to makeΒ Mango Cointreau SangriaΒ and also when we purchased our first bottle of Sambuca (which eventually lead to these Cherry Blossom Cocktails).

And, finally, there another purchase we couldn’t leave the store without: our first bottle of Absinthe.

Now, I had never even heard of Absinthe until that day – or, at least, had never known that all the “green fairy” references were about Absinthe. But apparently an old friend of mine and one of our neighbors had talked about Absinthe recently and now he was determined to buy a bottle. I was a bit dubious at first, but he sold me on the whole “you pour Absinthe over a sugar cube” spiel. Because, sugar. I’m always game for sugar.

We’ve since tried the fabled Absinthe and, sadly, I was a tad disappointed. An old friend of mine did a ton of research on the “proper” way to drink Absinthe and apparently you’re supposed to mix it with a decent amount of water. So we had our neighbor over, made our Absinthe + water + sugar drinks, and I proceeded to sip Absinthe while cooking some chili (which just happened to be this recipe).

I didn’t think the Absinthe was bad by any means, just that it taste… Β  well, watered down.

Wasn’t really my thing.

So the bottle of Absinthe has stayed on our drink shelf, alone and forgotten, until last week when I was browsing through Sangria Recipes by Lisa Shea and noticed she had Absinthe listed in the recipe index. I was immediately intrigued, so I flipped to the first recipe in her book and stumbled upon this beauty: Blackbeard Berry Sangria. I’m not quite sure what the relationship is between Blackbeard the pirate and Absinthe, but hey, the ingredient list alone was more than enough reason for me to try whipping it up.

Blackbeard Berry Sangria! Blackberries and strawberries come together with a sweet red wine and a kick of Absinthe to make this very berry sangria! | HomemadeHooplah.com

I did make a few changes from the recipe from how it’s printed in the recipe book, though.

The original calls for blackberry liqueur, but when I couldn’t find it (seriously, there was every other type of berry liqueur except blackberry) I used blackberry rum instead.

I also opted to use one of my favorite wines (Stella Rosa Red) and I couldn’t help but add some strawberries to the mix.

Blackbeard Berry Sangria! Blackberries and strawberries come together with a sweet red wine and a kick of Absinthe to make this very berry sangria! | HomemadeHooplah.com

And as for how this Sangria turned out: according to an old friend of mine it “tastes like Kool-Aid”, which I’ve learned is just his way of saying that 1) it’s really good and 2) it’s sweet enough to be a proper sangria.

So I’d say this drink a success and, even better, it’s a newfound way to widdle away at our bottle of Absinthe.

Be sure to check out Sangria Recipes by Lisa Shea for more great drinks!

Blackbeard Berry Sangria! Blackberries and strawberries come together with a sweet red wine and a kick of Absinthe to make this very berry sangria! | HomemadeHooplah.comBlackbeard Berry Sangria! Blackberries and strawberries come together with a sweet red wine and a kick of Absinthe to make this very berry sangria! | HomemadeHooplah.com

Recipe Details

Blackbeard Berry Sangria! Blackberries and Strawberries come together with a sweet red wine and a kick of Absinthe to make this very berry sangria! | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.15 from 7 votes

Blackbeard Berry Sangria

10 mins prep
219 kcal
Yields: 5 drinks
Blackberries and strawberries come together with a sweet red wine and a kick of Absinthe to make this very berry sangria!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup blackberries, (about a 1/2 pint)
  • 1 cup strawberries, (about a 1/2 pint)
  • 2 shot blackberry rum, (about 3 oz)
  • 1 shot Absinthe, (about 1.5 oz)
  • 1 bottle red wine, (750 ml) I recommend Stella Rosa Red or Stella Rosa Black
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar, (optional)

Instructions

  • Note: If using Stella Rosa Red or Stella Rosa Black, both of these wines have a hint of fizz, so it's best to mix this drink close to the time it will be served.
  • Add blackberries, strawberries (whole or cut), blackberry rum, Absinthe, and 1 bottle of red wine into a large pitcher. Taste test for flavor - given the Absinthe, you may want to add a hint of sugar (1-2 tablespoons max). Give the sangria a quick stir to mix all the ingredients. For best results, cover pitcher and let chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Serve immediately with additional fruit as garnish, if desired.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Sangria Recipes by Lisa Shea.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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16 comments

    • Nicole

    Is it really 350ml of wine, because you say one bottle, and in my area you usually can’t find bottles under 500ml, and most are 750ml.

    • Hey Nicole, thank you for asking! You’re 100% correct – it should have been 750 but I made a typo and wrote 350. Fixing that right now!

    • Stephanie | Worth Whisking

    It has been unseasonably cold in my neck of the woods, but this is definitely a cocktail I’d love to enjoy on a lazy summer evening on the patio! Looks amazingly delicious and refreshing! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Thanks Stephanie! I hope it warms up in your neck of the woods ASAP πŸ˜€

    • Nutmeg Nanny

    This sangria looks awesome! Pass a pitcher my way πŸ™‚

    • Sabrina

    I’m loving the fresh fruit in this drink! This is a perfect drink for a summer party!

    • Right? Can’t WAIT for the weather to start cooperating for those outdoor parties! Thanks Sabrina πŸ˜€

    • Michelle De La Cerda

    Those berries, yum!! What a great sangria.

    • Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic

    I’ve heard of absinthe but never knew what it was supposed to be. I probably would’ve tried the sugar cube route, too. All these juicy berries in the sangria sound like a great way to camouflage the liquor.

    • Right? I have a hard time with the bite of alcohol, too, so I have to drown it with all the sweetest fruits πŸ˜€

    • Citra Kale @Citra’s Home Diary

    I love all photos you take Chrisy.

    • Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    Absinthe in sangria!!??!! Wow!! That’s awesome, and I have never thought to do such a thing. I will be following suit though! My hubby is very into absinthe too – he even bought an absinthe fountain :/

    • Right?! πŸ˜€ I only wish this sangria had the green tint of Absinthe. And an Absinthe fountain, wow… that’d be a sight to see for sure! (complete with green fairies, ha!)