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Cantine Florio – There is No Such Thing as a Marsala Wine Substitue

Written by Dean Lapthorne AKA Dr Noble Rot on . Posted in drink

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On a recent ‘patient visit’ to Italy (where this good Doctor shall be relocating his drinking ‘practice’ as of late November) I stumbled into Sicily: yes, mafia land and home to scary dudes with lots of chest hair & gold jewelry. But its also home to some cracking vino and an absolute little gem called Marsala (which comes from, funnily enough, Marsala!).

Carrabba’s Blackberry Sangria Recipe

Written by The Kitchen Hand on . Posted in drink

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

Instructions:

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:

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:

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.

Conclusion

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.

What is Japanese Sake? The Japanese Rice Wine

Written by Jason Adamson on . Posted in drink

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Sake is a Japaese alcoholic drink made from rice – it is brewed similar to, but not the same as beer and it should be drunk young, as it does not age like wine. Contrary to popular belief most of the sake in Japan is drunk cold.

Warm sake is drunk usually only in winter and only certain types of sake should be heated. Sake goes well with many cuisines but naturally it is best with fish. (Gauntner 2002)

Exploring Negroamaro: The True Taste of Puglia

Written by The Kitchen Hand on . Posted in drink

Few could deny the fact that when it comes to fine wines and even finer grape varietals, Southern Italy is a place of great wealth and plenty. It’s no coincidence that the ancient Greeks referred to it as Oenotria – the land of grapes – and it’s always a great pleasure for me to explore the sheer range of wines which come from this part of the country.

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