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Very Berry Sangria

Adding cherry brandy to the combination of red wine and strawberries gives this drink an extra fruity kick — and a splash of citrusy soda makes it sparkle.


6 - 6 serving

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  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint + additional
  • 1 (750 ml.) bottle red wine, such as Merlot
  • 1/2 c. cherry brandy
  • 1 pint strawberries, trimmed and sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 (12 oz.) can lemon-lime soda, chilled


In small pot, combine sugar, 2 mint sprigs, and 1/2 cup water; over medium heat, cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves, about 3 min. Remove from heat; let sit until flavors blend, 5–7 min. Strain; cool.

In large pitcher, combine mint simple syrup, wine, brandy, and sliced strawberries. Cover and chill at least 4 hrs. or overnight. Add soda. Divide sangria among wine glasses; garnish with fresh mint sprigs. Serve immediately.

This recipe originally appeared in our print magazine.

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