Juicy blackberries lend sweet-tart flavor to this mint-garnished summer dessert; red wine spices up its fruity taste and adds depth. Choose a full-bodied red such as zinfandel or syrah to complement the berries.
Sangria originated in Spain, and it takes its name from the word "sangre," which means "blood." It should be served as cold as possible. Avoid highly acidic fruits such as pineapple, because they detract from the flavor rather than enhancing it.
This cold-weather winner is nothing more than red wine infused with spices, but the right flavor combinations can produce spectacular results. Here, a big-bodied red Zinfandel takes on a heady whiff of cardamom and the fresh, wintry aroma of juniper berries and three kinds of citrus fruit.