To make Olive Garden berry sangria, start with 750 milliliters of red wine such as merlot. Mix the wine with 2 cups of cran-raspberry juice and 1/4 cup simple sugar syrup. Combine all the ingredients in a large pitcher, and stir to blend well. Let the mixture stand for a couple of hours before serving. Garnish with fresh berries such as blackberries, strawberries or blueberries.
To make another version of Olive Garden’s berry sangria, start with 1 1/2 liters of red table wine. Mix it with 1 cup of grenadine, 2 cups of cranberry juice cocktail and 1 1/2 cups of sweet vermouth. Combine this mixture with sugar water that you make by mixing 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Mix all the ingredients together, and let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 to 5 hours, or overnight. Pour the sangria into wine glasses, and garnish with fresh fruit such as strawberries cut into thirds and oranges sliced thin and then quartered.
Sangria originated in Spain, Portugal and Ireland. It is typically made with red wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener and a small amount of brandy. You can use a variety of fruits when making sangria, from strawberries and oranges to apples, melons, pineapple and mangoes.