Sangria in a Stockpot

Do you know what today is?  Yes, it’s Monday and Presidents’ Day.  It is also National Drink Wine Day!  This is definitely my kind of day – I didn’t have to go to work AND I’m supposed to sit around drinking wine?  Awesome!

I figured to honor this special day, I would share my experience with making a copycat version of Carrabba’s Blackberry Sangria.  If you go to Carrabba’s and have not tried this yet it’s an absolute must; and if you don’t go to Carrabba’s you should.  This is by far the best sangria I have ever had.  So of course, I looked for the recipe online and I found it on

1 1/2 liters Bisanzio Italian wine or 1 1/2 liters any other sweet red italian wine
14 ounces cranberry juice
14 ounces Monin Blackberry Syrup
6 ounces Tuaca liqueur
For Garnish
lemon slice
orange slice


Mix all liquid ingredients together and add blackberries. Refrigerate and let sit for a few hours. Serve over ice. When ready to serve, add a slice of lemon and orange.

Sangria Ingredients


As much as I enjoy wine, I certainly would not consider myself a connoisseur.  I like whites and fruity reds (especially wines from local NJ wineries) but I had no idea what would be considered a sweet red Italian wine.  Luckily there are many helpful employees at my local liquor store and I was led right to what I needed (under $10  a bottle too!).

I had to order the blackberry syrup from Amazon because while the liquor store does carry Monin syrups, they seemed to have every flavor BUT blackberry.  Once that arrived, I was ready to make some sangria!
I quickly realized that there was no way I was going to be able to mix two bottles of wine plus all those other liquids in my measly little pitcher so I grabbed my spaghetti pot.  Even that was too small though, so I had to pull out the big guns.
Blackberry Sangria

Is it the sign of a problem when you are making sangria in a stockpot?

Stockpot Sangra
Once I had everything mixed together I transferred the sangria into two pitchers and let it sit overnight.  The next evening, I had my first glass.  It was delicious!  It tasted ALMOST just like the Carrabba’s stuff and after letting it sit another night, and adding a little ice to my glass it tasted EXACTLY like it.  Cheers to Google, for without it I would be spending way too  much money at the bar at Carrabba’s to get my fix of their Blackberry Sangria!

Will you be celebrating this dual holiday with a glass of wine?  What’s your favorite?