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We’ve Tried Them All And Have Found The Best Electric Griddles For Pancakes

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Last Updated Jan 2020 – Having an electric griddle for pancakes means waking up to a stack of scrumptious pancakes every morning. And what is better than that? Nothing, in our humble opinion! On my quest for the best electric griddles for pancakes, I tried several leading devices and investigated their pros and cons in an effort to decide which one deserves a spot on the countertop.

A Comprehensive Review of the Best Cast Iron Double Burner Griddles

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Cooking breakfast for the family was always a challenge until I discovered the benefits of having a two-burner cast iron griddle. I am so thankful for cast-iron double burner griddles. I used to feel like mornings were the most challenging part of the day, especially since I’ve got a big family. After all, meal preparation for everyone doesn’t end with what we’re going to have for breakfast; it also extends to packed lunches.

The Best Blender for Frozen Drinks – Our Top 4

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If it’s a frozen drink blender you seek, you have come to the right place. I can’t wait to show you what we found when we buckled down and searched for the best blenders. I knew I had to do a review for the best blender for ice & frozen drinks. Last summer, our family went on vacation, and the margaritas, banana daiquiris, and smoothies were out of this world.

Creative and Enjoyable Babybel Cheese Recipes

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Are you looking for Baby bell cheese recipes for your family to enjoy? I find that I always have this little round cheese floating around in my refrigerator, but I often only eat it as a snack because I don’t know what recipes to use them in. Recently, I had quite a few of these cheeses, so I looked into Babybel cheese recipes that don’t take a lot of effort to make.

Carrabba’s Blackberry Sangria Recipe

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The world is no stranger to Carrabba’s Blackberry Sangria. It has fans all across the land. Bartenders and barkeeps will vouch for its efficacy and popularity amongst people of all legal drinking ages.

If you would like a definite Carrabba’s Blackberry Sangria Recipe that will help you make this drink at home without any problems, then you’ve come to the right place. It’s happy hour, but you’re stuck at home for whatever reason. Maybe you have friends coming over, or you just want to lie on your couch and have a little drink.

Maybe you don’t want to shell out a couple of hundred dollars on a single night out, because let’s be real, no night out is ever in the sub-100-dollar range. However, you need not be stressed, we have got you covered. We’ll teach you how to make this cocktail as authentically as possible for a fraction of the price.

Without any further stalling, let’s get to it.

The Secret Ingredient for Carrabba’s Blackberry Sangria Recipe

While it may not be obvious at first, it certainly has an important role. I know you’re wondering what could possibly be so important.

The VANILLA. It may not seem like vanilla extract would have such a huge impact on the drink, but it certainly does. The hint of bitterness and fruity scent can do wonders for the final result of the drink, which will make your happy hour even better.

Regular Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 single bottle of Spanish wine
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla flavoring
  • 1 sliced orange
  • 1 nip of brandy (¼ to ½ a cup)

Prep: What Cutlery You Will Need:

  1. Bowl
  2. Pitcher
  3. Mixer/Blender


We’re going to take you step by step through the entire process. Make sure you follow along and don’t miss a single step:

Step 1: Crush a single cup of blueberries into a medium-sized bowl. Please ensure that you remove the soft pits. This is a very important step as it makes the drink pulp-less.

Step 2: Add orange and lemon slices into the aforementioned pitcher.

Step 3: Pour the simple syrup along with the brandy and cranberry juice.

Step 4: Add vanilla extract and throw everything into the blender.

Step 5: Let it blend for up to 2 minutes and then let it sit in the fridge for no less than 2 hours.

Step 6: Serve with ice.

Special Note: Sangria is an authentic Spanish cocktail, which means there is going to be a lot of Spanish alcohol involved. Not that alcohol has a nationality, but instead, drinks prepared in the native Spanish way capture the essence of the drink in all its glory.

I personally recommend using Tempranillo for this. However, if you’re not a big fan or simply do not have access to it, other wines will do the trick. They’re not as great but great nonetheless.

Another Variation: Italian Sangria

We hope you have loved our recipe for Carrabba’s Blackberry Sangria. It would be a valuable substitution for your happy hours or nights out and can help you save a few bucks.

We’re determined to make sure your happy hour is seamless, so following is another recipe for Italian Sangria:


  • 1 ½ liter Bisanzio wine or any other red Italian wine
  • 14 ounces cranberry juice
  • 6 ounces Tuaca liqueur
  • Lemon slice
  • Blackberries
  • 12 ounces Monin Blackberry syrup
  • Orange slices


Step 1: Add all of the following ingredients into a medium-sized bowl:

  • 1 ½ liter Bisanzio wine or any other red Italian wine
  • 14 ounces cranberry juice
  • 6 ounces Tuaca liqueur
  • Lemon slice
  • 12 ounces Monin Blackberry syrup
  • Orange slices
  • Garnish with blackberries

Step 2: Throw it into the fridge for a couple of hours.

Step 3: Serve with ice.

Step 4: Add a slice of lemon and orange.

Things to Remember

The Cranberry juice is filled to the brim with sugar, and if you’re not particularly fond of it, it can get annoying and quite frankly, be a hassle, for that matter.

You can always use sugar-free cranberry juices or simple syrups that have a lower sugar content than the regular syrup.

As a bonus, you can even find cranberry juices with zero additives and 100% crushed cranberries. You can use those juices, especially if you’re trying to limit processed foods.

Notes: It is our responsibility to inform you of the dangers of alcohol consumption, especially in the middle of the day. It can be a menace to not just your personal health but also a threat to the rest of society.

Alcohol addiction is very easy to pick up and difficult to get rid of. If you find yourself drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, make sure that you try to get it under control or seek help. You could also keep the percentage of alcohol at low that we will discuss below.

A multitude of people across the globe suffer from liver cirrhosis which stems from excessive alcohol consumption and can lead to many other complications.

How to Control the Alcoholic Percentage of Your Drink?

Maybe it’s a weeknight, and you’ve got to go to the office in the morning, or you’re just a lightweight who can’t handle their liquor. There are many reasons one would like to adjust the strength of a drink.

Lucky for you, we have a few experienced bartenders at our disposal, so we asked these questions on your behalf:

The first tip they had for us was, instead of altering the content of your drink, try to limit your consumption as changing the contents of your drink will have an effect on the taste of the drink.

If you still wish to make the drink mild and hitless. You may be pleased to find out that there are many ways this can be done.

  1. Increasing the amount of cranberry juice and reducing the actual booze is a given, but in some cases, it isn’t as obvious. Along with reducing booze and increasing the juice, you are advised to increase the amount of salty snacks to overcome the extra sweetness this may bring.
  2. Use a lighter wine. If your drink is still a little too strong for you, we would recommend using a bottle of wine that is aged less or is of lower quality. Aged wine almost always has a smoother texture and harder hit.
  3. Use more ice.


Who says that a good drink can’t wash your sorrows away? If you’re an aspiring bartender or a stay-at-home parent, you now know how to relax after bedtime. Once you’ve put the kids to sleep, you’ve tucked them in and read them a story, you deserve some celebration.

Maybe you have a few friends coming over, and you want to surprise them with these newfound skills. For such occasions, note this Carrabba’s Blackberry Sangria Recipe down or memorize it.

Do tell us what you think in the comments down below, or if you have any tips for us, we’re all ears.