Carrabbas’ Blackberry Sangria (Single Serv)

This is an adaptation of the Carrabbas’ Blackberry Sangria recipe. That recipe was for 2 bottles of liquor. I wanted a singletons portion. Recipe makes just about a liter of liquor (about 4 cups).


1 750 ml bottle of Riunite Lambrusco
1 c cranberry juice
1 c Monin blackberry syrup
100 ml Tuaca Italian liquor
1 oz Sprite
lemon and orange slices for garnish


Mix everything up except the Sprite and garnish.

Serve over ice, topped off with Sprite and garnish.


William Faulkner’s Hot Toddy

Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

When she asks, “What’s in this drink?” — She’s talking about this!! 😉


Bourbon (I like Maker’s Mark)
1 tsp sugar
1/2 lemon, squeezed
Boiling water

Glass: Use a heavy bottomed glass tumbler


  1. Fill the tumbler half full with bourbon.
  2. Add sugar.
  3. Squeeze in the lemon juice.
  4. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  5. Top off with boiling water.
  6. Enjoy!


Carrabbas’ Blackberry Sangria

This is the recipe from the restaurant Carrabbas.



1 1⁄2 liters bisanzio italian wine or 1 1⁄2 liters any other sweet red italian wine [Sutter Home sweet red wine, San Antonio Cardinale sweet red wine, Lambrusco wine, etc.)
14 ounces cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)
14 ounces monin blackberry syrup (you can buy this on Amazon)
6 ounces tuaca italian liqueur
2 oz Sprite


lemon slice
orange slice


Mix all liquid ingredients together and add blackberries. Refrigerate and let sit for a few hours. Serve over ice. When ready to serve, add a slice of lemon and orange.

Don Q Pina Colada

I spent last Christmas in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Beautiful location, full of history, shopping, sightseeing, horseback riding, hiking in the rainforest, kite flying, and beach reading.

You’ve probably heard of Bacardi Rum.  Well, if you are interested in a rum with a smaller marketing budget and a better taste, try Don Q Rum.

First, you need this rum: Don Q Coco (It’s a coconut favored rum).  Don’t bother dragging it from Puerto Rico, like I did.  Just go to your local Binny’s.  They have it in stock at a very reasonable price.

Also, the below Amazon links are to give you a picture of the products I used so you know why it tastes so very very good 🙂  Buy it from your local grocer, it’s probably cheaper there 🙂

Don Q Pina Colada

1 can cream of coconut

1 can crushed pineapple

Sugar to taste

Ice if desired

Blend the above in blender.  Do not add alcohol to blender, this messes up the taste of the pina colada.

Pour into pina colada glassware.

Top off with a shot of Don Q Coco Rum (or to taste).

Add maraschino cherry if so desired on top.

Yum yum yum.