Blackberry Grapefruit Jalapeno Sangria

If there weren’t enough excuses to drink Malbec here is another one.  Today is Malbec World Day and I wanted to make a savory sangria that highlighted this amazing wine.  A couple of years ago I visited several wineries in Mendoza, Argentina and tasted amazing Malbec’s.  I toured the vineyards, had amazing wine lunches, and of course had bottles of Malbec.  I feel in love with this place, the people, and the amazing wine.  Argentina Malbec is known for deep color and fruity flavors so this was the perfect pick for my sangria recipe.  The blackberries and the grapefruit slices give this sangria a fruity flavor and the jalapeno syrup kicks the whole glass up a notch.  Let’s raise our glass of sangria and cheers to Malbec!   

Recipe: Blackberry Grapefruit Jalapeno Sangria

Ingredients

1 bottle of Malbec Wine

1 grapefruit, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

½ cup of jalapeno simple syrup (*see recipe below)

2 cups of Italian grapefruit soda

½ cup of Grand Marnier

½ cup of blackberries

Garnish: Sliced jalapenos, sliced grapefruit and blackberries-paper straws

Instructions

Fill large pitcher with blackberries, sliced grapefruit, and sliced lemons  

Muddle mixture until ingredients are married together

Add jalapeno syrup, Grand Marnier, and  Italian grapefruit soda

Stir mixture and then top off with Malbec wine

Pour mixture into serving glasses and garnish

Yields:  5-8 servings

Cheers! 

*Recipe: Jalapeno Syrup

Ingredients

        1 cup of water

        1 cup of sugar

        1 jalapeno, sliced

Instructions:

       In a sauce pan combine sugar, water, and jalapeno.  Let it boil for until sugar dissolves

       Strain mixture and let it cool

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