{Recipe Redux} 3 Berry Red Wine Sangria

The first time I saw a pitcher of sangria I was 12 years old. I thought it was the most beautiful pitcher of raspberry lemonade I had ever seen. I remember trying to pour myself a glass and someone saying I wasn’t allowed to have any because there was alcohol in it. Ugh. WHAT?! How are you gonna show me the most wonderfully refreshing drink I have ever seen and then tell me I can’t have any?!

I think I may have cried.

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At the time, my 12-year-old self probably acted out irrationally and I might have said something along the lines of, “what happened to the whole treat others whole you want to be treated?” You can’t bring the most delicious-ice-cold-refreshing-fruit-stuffed juice to a party and then tell me I can’t have any.

What happened next is kinda fuzzy but I’m sure I threw a tantrum. Almost as bad as the tantrum I remember throwing when my mom made me wear this horrendous watermelon patterned outfit one Easter. Trust me, that tantrum was well-merited…it was a hideous outfit.

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So one of the very best things about being all grown up is getting to drink a glassful of the most beautiful “raspberry lemonade” you have ever seen. This recipe takes fresh berries and orange juice and adds in some wine and mint and there-ya-go…delicious 3 Berry Red Wine Sangria!

If you’re really feeling ambitious you could go pick your own berries since that’s a very popular activity this time of year. However, I feel it only right to warn you that the hottest I have ever been was when I went berry picking with my mom and sisters when I was little. I remember thinking there was no way I was going to survive the 3287932 degree Texas summer heat. Totally not an exaggeration. I for serious think it was that hot. So I find it surprising that I even like berries still 1)because it was hella hot that day and 2)because have you seen a blackberry bush? They’re frightening.

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But the thing about berries is they’re just so refreshing. So those frightening 2-inch-long-thorn-covered-blackberry bushes are totally worth facing. But you know what’s even better than blackberries? Raspberries. Mainly because they don’t grow on scary bushes.

Growing up I spent a summer with my best friend in Utah and we would eat fresh raspberries by the handful. You see these are happy berry picking memories because Utah weather, unlike Texas weather, doesn’t reach 3287932 degrees. Moral of the story: If you’re going to pick berries in Texas, you must go before the sun comes up…or you will in fact melt.

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If you’re confused as to why I’m posting on a Tuesday instead of a Monday or Friday, this post is part of a recipe challenge called Recipe Redux. Each month, Recipe Redux contributors are given a food/theme that we are to create a healthier version of. Recipe Redux founders believe that healthier foods should still taste delicious…which is something I’m all about. There has been some incredible recipes that recipe redux contributors have thought of.

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And even though there are some recipe modifications that freak me out and will likely always freak me out (like putting beans in my brownies or cookies), there are so many great ways to make recipes healthier and this a great way to share them. Maybe one day I’ll face my fears and try out some black bean brownies or garbanzo bean cookie dough, but for now both of those recipes sound almost as frightening as the thorns on blackberry bushes. Almost.

This week’s Recipe Redux theme was Brunch. And nothing quite says brunch like cute, little glasses stuffed with berries that have been soaked with fresh squeezed orange juice and red wine.

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3 Berry Red Wine Sangria

makes 1 pitcher

1 bottle red wine, chilled

1 cup pomegranate juice, chilled

1 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed

8 ounces strawberries

1/2 pint raspberries

1/2 pint blackberries

2 Tbsp honey

1 cup club soda, chilled

3/4 cup red seedless grapes, frozen

Garnish: mint leaves, orange slices, strawberries

Combine red wine, pomegranate juice, fresh orange juice, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and honey in a large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least for 2 hours. Just before serving, add club soda and frozen grapes into the pitcher. Serve in glasses garnished with mint leaves, orange slices and strawberry slices.

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  1. I don’t drink wine on its own, but I do love a good sangria! Yours looks beautiful Kylie.

  2. Oh gosh I despise hot weather so I can only imagine how horrible that experience was! And I’ve TOTALLY had a similar experience where I couldn’t have a delicious, refreshing looking grown-up drink. Well I still have that experience because I’m still too young! Boo. But I’ll save this recipe for a few years from now ;)

  3. I had an ‘unfortunate experience’ with Sangria when I lived in Spain as a college student and didn’t know that drinking more than one glass of this sweet refreshing drink in the early evening before dinner wasn’t such a great idea! I think I’m ready to take the plunge and try this recipe. :) Your photos are stunning – can you share what camera and lens you use? Thanks!

    • Haha sounds like the makings for a truly unforgettable night;) I haven’t traveled to Spain before but I could see myself getting caught up in the beauty and excitement of the culture and drinking far too many of the gorgeous, fruity drinks:)

      And I’m still learning about food photography but found the Recipe Redux webinar last week to be helpful! I use a Canon EOS 60D with a EF-S 18-200mm lens. (I hope I just gave you all the right letters and numbers for the camera info haha:))

  4. sangira is always my choice of beverage esp on weekend..I hear you about the heat and picking berries. nice to find your blog :) what kind of red wine do you generally use?

    • I’m a big fan of sangria too. I really don’t think there is anything prettier!

      And as far as wine, I use what ever is cheap! Haha:) I’m not really a wine connoisseur. My parents on the other hand are out of control and are members of like 32452 wine clubs and my dad just had the brilliant idea to build a wine cellar under the stairs in their house…so now they have a huge hole in the wall. I’m sure it’ll look like a wine cellar one day…;)

      For this sangria I used Roscato wine (

  5. FIrst off, welcome aboard the ReDux train! Love your story about your first intro to sangria :) Your photos make me want to whip up a pitcher of this pronto :)

  6. What kind of camera do you use for your food photography? Great pics.

  7. From one Texan to another, that does look very refreshing. Any post that involves an alcoholic beverage gets a thumbs up from me! However, this Texan thoroughly enjoys the billion degree summers as I am a former Kansan who thought she was going to die every day from early December until Mid April. And your pictures are amazeballs.

    • You sound like my kind of person:) I really do love the heat up until the point where I think my skin is about to melt off. One of my favorite things about living in Texas (and this is going to sound ridiculous but…) is walking out of a freezing cold restaurant and it being hot and humid outside haha. Plus I have this thing called Raynauds where my fingers and toes tend to go numb really easily so usually I’m a fan of the heat!!

  8. This looks so delicious! Great photos – I love all the colors.

  9. yum! I can’t wait to try this on my next girls night! thanks :)

  10. your pics are awesome…makes me want to whip up a batch right now (along with some guacamole!)….looks so refreshing and fruity!

  11. Lovely recipe and photos! I’ve lived in Texas, but never picked berries there-definitely taking your word that there are better states to pick berries in! Oh, and garbanzo bean cookie dough? Must try! :-)

  12. So pretty looking! And I’m sure it’s just as delicious too :)

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  14. Wait YURRM. This looks so good! I really have a hate on hate relationship with the taste of alcohol, but this looks so much like mostly fruit and deliciousness that I’m itching to make it right now!! There’s a really reeally sweet red wine that I like that I have in mind for this…what kind of red wine did you use? Sweet would be an asset here right? Or like too much? Alternatively, there was this super cheap red/rose bubbly at Target that I got once that tasted like cranberry juice. Would that bubbly on top of club soda be too much, do you think?

    Do you have any recs for berry picking in Houston/Texas?? I know you said it was super hot but I used to go berry picking in California and I miss it!!

  15. I hear you on the taste of alcohol. Well, it’s not so much the taste, I was just against drinking for awhile because of all the irresponsible (that’s an understatement) people I saw in college. So I associated any and all drinks with them and avoided alcohol at all costs. I was slightly obnoxious/stuck-up in a I’m-high-and-mighty-because-I-don’t-drink-alcohol way. I look back and even I am annoyed by how against it I was. Anyways, I drink on occasion now and have really been enjoying it. And Houston has so many gorgeous, hipster-y, classy bars that are so fun!

    So for the wine for this Sangria, sweet and cheap are the way to go. That “super cheap red/rose bubbly” wine at Target sounds PERFECT! I don’t think it will be too bubbly. I used Roscato wine ( for this Sangria and it too was a little bubbly but it turned out great!

    And for berry picking, we always went to The King’s Orchard, which was a little outside of Houston but I just tried to look them up and I think they closed:( I went to a blueberry picking place two summers ago but can’t remember the name. I’ll let you know if I think of it!

  16. Kylie, these photos are a feast for the eyes! You even have ‘pouring’ shots which are SO difficult! Impressive! And I know about blackberry picking – my hands were bloody by the end! For just a FEW berries! I’m making this when I see my 2 sisters next month for our yearly trip! They’ll love it!

    • I think this would be the perfect drink for sisterly bonding time:) And it took me a couple of tries to get the pouring shots haha:))

  17. How amazing are these photos?! wowow! I am saving this recipe for sure! I cannot wait to try it!

    • Thanks Allie! It was fun to take the pictures! And the decorate the glasses with cute, little garnishes:) I hope you try the recipe out:)

  18. We LOVE sangria… I have to avoid the alcohol but my mom is all about the red wine!

    • Haha sounds like my mom:) But this recipe would be great with cranberry juice instead of the red wine! And then kids could enjoy all the cute, little fresh fruit garnishes that makes this drink feel so special:)

  19. Could you please tell me how many serving are in each pitcher? – This looks fabulous!

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  21. Summer and sangria-I can’t think of a more perfect combination! Yum

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  27. Looks yummy! Do you have nutrition information?

    • Hey Rochelle! Nope! No nutrition info. I don’t think calorie/macro counting is helpful in living a fulfilling life. I hope you enjoy the recipe :)

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