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Merlot Sangria (from The Black Trumpet Restaurant)

Merlot Sangria easy recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.com

Merlot Sangria: Fresh, fruity and fun, Sangria made from a bottle of merlot and some fresh fruit is the adult beverage for summer.

As summer begins, we need to celebrate, and what better way than with tapas and sangria?

If you have school-age children (from kinder through college), the true first day of summer is measured by the last day of school. When you’re a parent, you measure the seasons not by the calendar, but by school holidays. AmIright?

So for all of us who made it hanging on by the fingernails through another school year, and by “all of us” I mean not only children and parents, but teachers, school staff and administrators, too, I raise my glass of Merlot Sangria, and say “cheers” to a job well done.

Large container of Merlot Sangria on the bar top at The Black Trumpet on ShockinglyDelicious.comThis vat of Merlot Sangria comes to us via Jose Becerra, the bartender since 2001 at The Black Trumpet restaurant in Huntington Beach, Calif. I had the pleasure of dining there, and he delighted in serving us from his bucket ‘o sangria. We loved it! It was fresh, fruity, eminently quaffable.

Check out Jose Becerra in the video below, serving up his Merlot Sangria. You’ll see he starts with ice in the glass, then ladles in the drink, and then ladles in some of the fruit floating on top.

Merlot Sangria

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 6-8

Merlot Sangria

Fresh, fruity and fun, Sangria made from a bottle of merlot and some fresh fruit is the adult beverage for summer. There’s a secret ingredient you might not guess, but don’t leave it out!


  • 1 bottle merlot (or any other red wine you have hanging around)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Fresh strawberries, cut into chunks
  • Green apple, cut into chunks
  • Orange, cut into chunks


  1. Add all ingredients to a large pitcher and stir to combine. The fruit will naturally float to the top. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
  2. To serve, fill wine goblets with crushed ice or ice cubes, and strain wine into the glasses.
  3. Enjoy!
  4. Serves 6-8, depending on portion size and thirst!


Recipe source: Verbal recipe from Jose Becerra, bartender at The Black Trumpet restaurant in Huntington Beach, California.

Type of wine: Becerra prefers Merlot, but says of course you can use any type of red wine you have around.

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I had the pleasure of eating lunch at The Black Trumpet in Huntington Beach, Calif., sponsored by Melissa’s Produce. The restaurant, which specializes in Mediterranean tapas (small plates) from Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Morocco, wanted to show off their chops.

Take a gander at a few of their shockingly delicious tapas dishes!

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Who wants to go?
I’ll meet you there for happy hour and tapas!

The Black Trumpet [3]
7041 Yorktown Ave.
Huntington Beach, California
(714) 842-1122

Want another sangria recipe, but with burgundy?

If you like Sangria, please also try my Fruity Burgundy Sangria [4]

Fruity Burgundy Sangria in a glass with berries alongside | www.ShockinglyDelicious.com

Thanks to Melissa’s Produce for hosting me for lunch. Photo credit: Many of the appetizer photos are by Melissa’s Produce, as well.
This was originally published June 11, 2019, and has been refreshed and republished today.

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