Everyone knows and loves the Olive Garden, and many people dine there regularly to enjoy its home-style Italian cuisine with its freshly made sauces and breadsticks. Instead of ordering a bottle of wine with your meal, you might want to drink something that is lighter but still has a bit of alcoholic zing, such as sangria. Sangria is a light, refreshing beverage especially perfect for lunch, and the Olive Garden gives you two choices, their regular sangria, and their Berry Sangria.
The Olive Garden Berry Sangria
Many sangrias are flavored with several types of alcohol, but the Olive Garden Berry Sangria is delightfully simply – just wine, fruit juices, and fresh fruit. This sangria goes down more smoothly and easily than a much stiffer drink. When making this Berry Sangria, you can take advantage of whichever fruit is in season and entices you with its beauty and freshness at your local market – blueberries, blackberries, strawberries are all good to use.
What wine to use for Sangria
When making sangria, you can use almost any type of wine that you enjoy? I personally prefer a wine that isn’t too sweet but has a nice fruity character to it such as Merlot, Shiraz, and rosé. And, if you are on a wine budget, making Sangria is a great way to stretch a bottle of wine.
Do Take Care With Your Measurements
I have to relate a story about my experience with making Sangria for a tapas party I held. I didn’t measure my ingredients very accurately, and I ended up pouring about half a bottle of orange liquor into my sangria. A wonderful mistake? – it was sooo tasty! However, about an hour into the party, I was wondering why I felt so tipsy! So learn from this and measure all of your sangria ingredients carefully.
This copycat recipe is the Olive Garden’s original recipe before they switched to a premade mix – probably Monin Blackberry Sangria Mix. If you want, you can order the Monin Blackberry Mix online is what Olive Garden really uses.
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Olive Garden Berry Sangria
You can drink the Olive Garden Berry Sangrias at home, they are so easy to make.
- 750 ml red wine I used Merlot
- 2 cups cran-raspberry juice
- 1/4 cups simple sugar syrup
- fresh berries such as strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries to garnish
Combine all ingredients except the fresh fruit in a large container; stir well to combine. Let mixture stand a couple of hours before serving. When serving, place ice into glass, then fresh fruit and sangria and garnish glass with a strawberry.