The flavors of fresh basil, ripe blackberries, and refreshing lemon blend together beautifully in this Blackberry Basil Sangria. It’s the perfect spring / summer cocktail recipe!
I don’t know about you, but after this week, I’m in the mood for a drink. In fact, I deserve ALL of the drinks. As I’ve told you, I am house hunting (and house selling), and this past week has been a stressful one. *checks blood pressure*. That’s why today I’m mixing up this delicious and gorgeous Blackberry Basil Sangria. Won’t you join me?
How Do you Make Sangria:
It’s no secret that sangria is one of my go-to spring and summer cocktails. I’ve created a variety of sangria recipes here on Inspired by Charm (You can find all of them here.). However, this new one has quickly moved to the top with my favorites.
What I love most about this particular recipe is the basil. You wouldn’t think that basil would go well in sangria, but it’s truly magical. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised though since I’ve previously made and enjoyed a number of drinks with basil (and other herbs).
As noted in the recipe, the club soda is optional. I’m one of those people who like a little fizz in sangria, especially on a warm and sunny day. Just be sure not to add the club soda too early. Immediately before serving is best.
If you weren’t quite ready for spring and summer, one sip of this will get you there!
Let’s mix up a batch, shall we?
Blackberry Basil Sangria:
1 bottle (750 ml) pinot grigio (or dry white wine)
1/2 cup white rum
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 cup fresh basil leaves (plus more to garnish)
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 cup club soda (optional*)
In a large pitcher, pour in the pinot grigio and rum. Add the blackberries, basil, and lemon slices and stir gently to combine. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. Before serving, stir in the club soda. Serve in a glass over ice. Cheers!
*Although I love the subtle fizz, this sangria is just as good without the club soda. Also, after sitting in the refrigerator, your basil may not look fresh and green. Before serving, feel free to remove it and toss in a few new leaves for color.
Want more tasty sangria ideas? Try these:
No matter how your week has gone or what you have planned for your weekend, I definitely recommend putting this recipe for Blackberry Basil Sangria in your back pocket so you’re ready next time you need a sip of sunshine!
Cheers, my friends!