Cherry Blueberry Champagne Sparklers

These refreshing cherry blueberry champagne sparklers make a big pitcher, perfect for entertaining. Top off each glass with a splash of champagne!

Cherry blueberry champagne sparklers

What better to do in the heat than sip on a cool drink? Alex was inspired by the upcoming Independence day to create a red and blue themed drink — complete with champagne for a little sparkle!  It’s a play on a sangria (that delicious Spanish wine and fruit juice drink), but using blueberries and black cherries instead. Oh and then of course a splash of champagne! So it’s not really sangria at all. Keep reading for our cherry blueberry champagne sparklers recipe!

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Making these cherry blueberry champagne sparklers

These cherry blueberry champagne sparklers are seriously simple to whip up, and make for a big pitcher that’s perfect for parties. I can imagine them at picnics and barbecues, summer baby showers or bachelorette parties. To make the pitcher, simply combine a dry white wine with cherry juice, lemon juice, and honey. For a vegan variety, you can use maple syrup: and we find that we like to use maple because it’s easier to pour and has a more nuanced flavor! We love making naturally sweet cocktails: you’ll find that we have several more like our famous whiskey sour or our all-natural frosé.

After you’ve combined the liquid, throw in some cherries and blueberries and let it all meld together in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. While you have to wait, this makes it perfect for entertaining to get it all out of the way and prepped in advance.

When serving the drinks, you’ll make them into cherry blueberry champagne sparklers by pouring some of the pitcher into a glass, and then topping it off with champagne! It’s a truly refreshing way to beat the heat!

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This cherry blueberry champagne sparklers recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, and naturally sweet, and refined sugar free. For vegan, use maple syrup.

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Cherry Blueberry Champagne Sparklers


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 1 pitcher 1x

Description

These refreshing cherry blueberry champagne sparklers make a big pitcher, perfect for entertaining. Top off each glass with a splash of champagne!


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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces black cherries
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup all natural cherry juice
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine, such as champagne or Prosecco

Instructions

  1. Cut cherries in half and discard the seeds.
  2. In a pitcher, combine the white wine, cherry juice, honey or maple, and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Add the cherries and 1 cup blueberries. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to let the flavors meld.
  3. When serving, fill each glass with one half of the wine mixture, some of the fruit, and top it off with sparkling wine.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Blueberry Champagne, Cherry Champagne, Berry Sangria, Cocktail Recipes, Sparkler Recipe,

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

10 Comments

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    July 2, 2012 at 6:59 am

    Nothing says summer quite like a sparkling cocktail!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    July 2, 2012 at 9:02 am

    This is such a tasty looking drink! Yum!

  • Reply
    Eileen
    July 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    What a perfect way to eat (er, drink) the best of the summer fruit! I love it. :)

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    Chrissie @ Little House on the Suburban Prairie
    July 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Great drink idea! Where do you usually find your cherry juice? I’ve been scouring local grocery stores lately with no luck. Not that it’ll be the same in Seattle as Indy… but just in case you have any ideas! :)

    • Reply
      Alex
      July 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

      We found it in the grocery store right next to our house — Fresh Market. You could try health or natural foods stores that sometimes have them for their anti-oxidant benefits…

  • Reply
    Annie
    July 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Oh, I am SO making these.

  • Reply
    Krissy's Creations
    July 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    This looks incredible and refreshing! Definitely making these :)

  • Reply
    Lynda Bay
    July 4, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Love it! Very romantic to look. :)

  • Reply
    Courtney Jones
    July 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    So pretty! Cherries and blueberries are my favourite fruits! Cannot wait to try this drink :) Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are}
    July 6, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Oh, beautiful. You had me at sparkling wine. . . and cherries!!

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