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Summer Berry Sangria is a refreshing cocktail made with summer berries soaked in red wine with berry infused vodka and a sweet bubbly ginger ale.

Pouring berry sangria from a pitcher to a mason jar

Why this recipe works:

Only five ingredients are needed to make this simple cocktail. This recipe is especially easy because there is no cutting or chopping. Just a couple easy measurements and that’s it.

If you’re hosting a dinner party or are just having some friends over for a casual happy hour, this is one of the easiest and most delicious pitcher cocktails you can make.

Best enjoyed during the summer months when fresh berries are plentiful, but frozen berries enable you to make it any time of year.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine the wine, berries, infused vodka (or vodka and berry puree), and sugar in a container. Refrigerate this mixture over night.
  2. When you’re ready to serve, give the mixture a thorough stir.
  3. Add the ginger ale to the pitcher and serve over ice.

Quick tips:

  • I love marionberry infused vodka. The berry flavor is so intense that it almost has a syrup-like quality. If you can’t get this kind of vodka, don’t worry. You can use standard vodka and if you want to increase the berry flavor, just add a cup of pureed berries to the mix!
  • The ginger ale not only adds bubbles, but it adds sweetness. If you need to make a substitution, you can use club soda or a sparkling water, but you may want to add a bit of simple syrup (in addition to the sugar in the recipe) to make the cocktail sweeter. This depends on how tart the berries are.
  • Keep in mind that sangria tastes best when the ingredients have time to soak. You’ll need to plan ahead and make the recipe (except for the soda) the day before you want to serve it.
  • If you don’t plan on drinking the entire pitcher, I recommend adding the ginger ale to the glasses instead of the pitcher. That way, if you refrigerate the leftovers, you won’t lose the carbonation.
  • If you use frozen berries, there’s no need to thaw them first. Since they’ll be soaking in the refrigerator for 12+ hours, they’ll thaw in the mixture.

mason jar full of Sangria next to pitcher with berries

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Summer Berry Sangria

Prep5 minutes
Soak time12 hours
Total5 minutes
Servings 6 cocktails
Summer Berry Sangria is a refreshing cocktail made with summer berries soaked in red wine with berry infused vodka and a sweet bubbly ginger ale.

Ingredients 

  • 1 bottle red wine I prefer Pinot Noir but you can use any kind your prefer
  • 2 cups summer berries fresh or frozen (I used raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry)
  • 4 ounces blackberry infused vodka Wild Roots Vodka recommended
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 ounces ginger ale
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Instructions 

  • Combine wine, berries, infused vodka, and sugar in container and refrigerate over night.
  • Add ginger ale prior to serving and pour over ice.

Notes

Quick tips:

  • I love marionberry infused vodka. The berry flavor is so intense that it almost has a syrup-like quality. If you can't get this kind of vodka, don't worry. You can use standard vodka and if you want to increase the berry flavor, just add a cup of pureed berries to the mix!
  • The ginger ale not only adds bubbles, but it adds sweetness. If you need to make a substitution, you can use club soda or a sparkling water, but you may want to add a bit of simple syrup (in addition to the sugar in the recipe) to make the cocktail sweeter. This depends on how tart the berries are.
  • Keep in mind that sangria tastes best when the ingredients have time to soak. You'll need to plan ahead and make the recipe (except for the soda) the day before you want to serve it.
  • If you don't plan on drinking the entire pitcher, I recommend adding the ginger ale to the glasses instead of the pitcher. That way, if you refrigerate the leftovers, you won't lose the carbonation.
  • If you use frozen berries, there's no need to thaw them first. Since they'll be soaking in the refrigerator for 12+ hours, they'll thaw in the mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Sodium: 9mg, Potassium: 186mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 25IU, Vitamin C: 1.3mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally posted in March 2015 and has been updated with more helpful information and recipe tips. Don’t worry – I didn’t change the recipe!

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12 Comments

  1. Where do you find blackberry infused vodka? I have a bowl of this ready to go. Just missing the vodka.

  2. I was given a bottle of wine from The Biltmore’s collection. It’s a sweet red wine!! I generally only drink dry red – I’m wondering if I could use this wine for a sangria and maybe just leave out the sugar?? What do you think/

    1. Absolutely – especially if you like the way it tastes! If you try it, will you please come back and let me know how you like it? Thanks!

  3. I normally drink white wine, but would love to try this…
    Do you rember which type of wine you used? I wouldn’t know where to start!

    1. Hi Alana, I have no idea. I always try different kinds… usually any $6 variety from Trader Joes!

      1. Does this really make just one cocktail? Looks great Just what I want. However I want a large pitcher to serve at party.

        1. Hi there! My apologies… that must have been a typo. With a full bottle of wine along with all those other goodies, I’d say this makes a solid six servings. thanks! Krissy

  4. I’m definitely going to have to look for that vodka next time I go to the liquor store. This sangria looks fantastic!

    1. Yummy! I’ve made a similar “pink” sangria using Pink Moscato, Chambord, and seltzer, with fresh peaches, raspberries. PERFECT for summer!

      P.S. Sangria on the rocks is my all time go-to at any Mexican restaurant. 😊