In the summer when fresh berries are bursting at the seams, there’s no better beverage than this recipe for iced tea berry sangria.
Stunning as a signature cocktail for a romantic summer wedding, but just as wonderful as a pitcher shared with some close friends in the backyard.
Hopefully, if you love iced tea as much as I do, you’ll be sipping this little berry beauty on the regular!
What is sangria?
At its simplest, sangria is a Spanish beverage made with wine, fruit, fruit juice, and spices. That’s just the beginning, though! Sangria is so refreshing, that everyone has their own favorite version using different wine and ingredients. Besides it being a great way to enhance less expensive wine, making a pitcher of sangria allows a bottle stretch to serve more people, too.
How do you make Iced Tea Berry Sangria?
My recipe is very easy to make; simply combine your favorite iced tea, a sweeter style red wine, and berry juice together and serve over ice garnished with fresh berries.
Where can I find berry juice?
I look in the natural food section of any grocery store for a berry blend that will complement the sangria. A cranberry raspberry blend will taste good, too. If using frozen concentrate, follow the instructions on the label, using iced tea in place of water.
What are the best berries for Berry Sangria?
Anything that looks gorgeous and is in season! I don’t worry if the raspberries are a little mashed, as long as they’re ripe and delicious.
What kind of tea can be used for Iced Tea Berry Sangria?
A bold darjeeling works beautifully, or your favorite iced tea blend, decaf or full-tilt.
Can you make Iced Tea Berry Sangria without sugar?
If you’re cutting back on sugar, use an unsweetened tea, a drier red wine, or substitute your favorite low-calorie sweetener in this recipe.
What can I substitute for red Moscato?
Because sangria is so forgiving, any sweeter style red will work, such as Lambrusco, or even a Malbec or Merlot. Lately, I’ve been making it with rosé…
Can you make Iced Tea Berry Sangria non-alcoholic?
This can be just as delightful when made without the wine, substituting sparkling grape juice or mild ginger ale for the Moscato.
Iced Tea Berry Sangria
- 2 quarts Sweetened iced tea chilled (see note 1)
- 1 (750 mL) bottle Red Moscato or other sweet red wine, chilled (see note 2)
- 2 cups berry juice chilled
- 1/2 cup brandy (see note 3)
- 2 pounds strawberries (hulled and sliced), blackberries, blueberries, and/or raspberries
- In a large pitcher, combine tea, wine, juice, and brandy. Chill until serving time.
- Serve over ice with the berries (add berries to the pitcher of sangria, to individual glasses, or serve it in bowls on the side so guests can help themselves).
- Iced tea: Sweet tea tastes the best here. To cut down on sugar, use unsweetened iced tea and add your preferred sweetener (Splenda, stevia, etc.) after mixing everything else together.
- Moscato: Any sweet red wine will work here (Lambrusco or Malbec are both good choices).
- Brandy: Or substitute whiskey, dark rum, or bourbon (the flavor will change). To substitute brandy extract, use 5 teaspoons brandy extract and ½ cup water in place of the brandy.