Cherry Blueberry Sparklers {Naturally Sweet}

It’s already July, and we can’t believe it’s almost time for the July 4th holiday!  The temperatures are at their height here in Indiana – the grass is dry and brown, and our garden is hanging on for dear life.

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.

Related: All-Natural Frosé

Pour in a little champagne, and you’ve got a delicious and refreshing way to beat the heat!

Blueberries are currently available at many of the local farmer’s markets here in Indiana. 


Cherry Blueberry Sparklers {Naturally Sweet}

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  • 8 ounces black cherries
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup 100% cherry juice
  • 1/4 cup honey (or a bit more, to taste)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 bottle cheap Prosecco Cava champagne, or other sparkling wine


  1. Cut cherries in half and discard the seeds.
  2. In a pitcher, combine 1 bottle of white wine, 1/2 cup cherry juice, 1/4 cup honey, and the juice of 1 lemon. Stir to combine. Add the cherries and 1 cup blueberries. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator for 2-4 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 of with sparkling wine.

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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.


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    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!

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    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! :)

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      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…

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    July 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Oh, I am SO making these.

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

    This looks incredible and refreshing! Definitely making these :)

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    Lynda Bay
    July 4, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Love it! Very romantic to look. :)

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    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.

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    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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