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Black Cherry Sangria

Black Cherry Sangria that tastes like boozy fruit punch.

Black Cherry Sangria |

Your Thanksgiving menu deserves a festive cocktail. It is a party, after all.

When I throw a dinner party–that’s what Thanksgiving is, a big dinner party–I like to serve a cocktail that can be made by the pitcher. If I have my hand up a turkey’s butt, there’s no way I’m shaking up cocktails for each guest.

Black Cherry Sangria |

I’m kind of a lazy bartender. I prefer to prep the bar with all the boozy essentials and let the guests serve themselves DIY-style.

Black Cherry Sangria |

The inspiration for this sangria came from a local restaurant Squirrel and I tried last week. When the waitress handed me the glass, it was stuffed to the brim with fresh fruit and smelled like paradise. It reminded me of my trip to Mexico and all the fancy cocktails with cute little umbrellas I consumed (good times). After one sip, I knew I had to go home and re-create the boozy beverage that tasted a lot like fruit punch. I’m a sucker for anything fruit punch flavored.

Black Cherry Sangria |

Black Cherry Sangria |

This cocktail is a combination of red wine, black cherry rum, pineapple juice, fresh orange juice, and a splash of ginger ale. I prefer to serve my fruit on the side and add it to the glass right before serving. I added the fruit to the pitcher the first time I made this sangria, and the red wine turned the fruit purple. It was delicious but not aesthetically pleasing. Cut up your fruit and serve it in pretty little bowls next to the pitcher of sangria. That, my friends, is how you prepare a sangria bar.

I tested this recipe using a few different types of wine. It works well with a semi-sweet red variety, such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and, my recent favorite, Barefoot Refresh Crisp Red. The Barefoot Refresh Crisp Red is a tad sweet, extra fruity, and bursting with bubbles. Since I’m a sucker for bubbles, Barefoot’s Refresh line has won my heart.

Black Cherry Sangria |

You can make this recipe ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Stir in the ginger ale right before you’re ready to serve so it doesn’t go flat.

Black Cherry Sangria |

This sangria is extremely tasty. It reminds me of my youth when I would pound back Hawaiian Punch, only less sweet and far more sophisticated.

Black Cherry Sangria

A sweet mixture of red wine, black cherry rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and ginger ale. It tastes like boozy fruit punch.

Yield: 1 Large Pitcher

Total Time: 5 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes



  • 1 (750ml) bottle semi-sweet red wine
  • 1 cup black cherry rum
  • 1 and 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • juice of two oranges
  • 1 and 1/2 cups ginger ale


  • lemon slices
  • orange slices
  • chopped apple
  • maraschino cherries


  1. Add the first 4 sangria ingredients to a large pitcher. Stir to combine.
  2. Place the sangria in the refrigerator to chill. Stir in the ginger ale right before serving.
  3. Pour over ice and garnish with mixed fruit.
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Disclosure: I was not compensated by Barefoot for the creation of this post. Heck, they don’t even know I exist. I’m just a wino who fell in love.

6 Responses to “Black Cherry Sangria”

  1. #
    Joan in VA — November 21, 2014 at 11:03 am

    For me, it isn’t sangria without the fruit marinated in the wine. But, if purple fruit at serving time turns you off, then put the fruit in the wine in the traditional manner to make the sangria. Then, when serving set out your little bowls of fruit. You get the full flavor that the sangria should have and the esthetics that you want.


  2. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — November 21, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Beeeeeeeautiful pictures. So bright! Mmm mmm mmm adult fancy Hawaiian punch!


  3. #
    ATasteOfMadness — November 21, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Oh my goodness, your photos are gorgeous! Also, this is definitely what I want on a Friday evening!


  4. #
    Ashley — November 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Sangria is soooo my drink of choice. This looks awesome! And I’m with you – whenever I’m entertaining, something that can be made in a big pitcher is an absolute must.


  5. #
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — November 22, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I am in love with this beautiful drink. Pinned.


  6. #
    shannon — November 23, 2014 at 7:27 am

    it’s so pretty! my favorite kool-aid flavor was black cherry, and we loved Hawaiian punch too back when we were kids. although it does make you wonder what actual hawaiians thought of the drink, you know? probably not thrilled, but hey: it was good tho. :)

    this is so pretty! and festive, and dare i say a wee bit a tropical fun added into the holidays, which keeps things light. i’d do this one for christmas too…so bright.


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