Copycat Olive Garden Sangria

"After many, many glasses of Sangria, the Olive Garden bartender finally caved and gave me the recipe. It has been loved by many."
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  • First, make the simple syrup by boiling the water and sugar. I usually boil them for about 15-20 minutes while stirring constantly. Allow this to cool to room temperature.
  • Stir the wine, sweet vermouth, grenadine, cranberry juice and simple syrup together. Add a slice of orange to the glass to make it pretty. Then add a splash of 7-Up right before serving.
  • Repeat all night!

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  1. Tried this one. I have had the Sangria at Olive Garden. It didn't taste like the Olive Garden but it was good. I made a slight change to the recipe based on the reviews posted here. I eliminated the simple syrup. I made it and was going to add as needed and to me it wasn't necessary.
  2. i do agree it is a bit too sweet if you use the full amount of simple syrup also i used a char instead of lambrusco and a no sugar cran juice if you want a real kick to the drink try a port wine most are about 19 percent alcohol but are sweet so adjust simple syrup to taste
  3. I have a deep dark secret...I go to Olive Garden for two reasons: I can't get enough of their salad, their pasta e fagiole but most of all their berry sangrias. It's not too sweet, not too tart...but boy they can sneak up on you. So after a long work week and a vow to spend less on eating out I thought I would try this recipe. Very, very tasty! I was put off by the two cups of sugar in addition to so much grenadine. I scaled back the simple syrup to consist of 1/2 cup of sugar ratio. I am so glad I did! It was just sweet enough and my hubby raved that it tasted better than Olive Gardens. *Note* I used the 1 1/2 liter of lambrusco but it could have used a bit more if you want it to have more of a punch. I put marachino cherries, sliced oranges, and strawberries in the glass for added appeal. Keeper!



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