Chia Sangria

Thanks to Kristen Hartke for this tasty recipe (tested by XP's webmaster!) Visit Kristen's blog Good Booze for the story behind it.


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 fresh orange
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup lavender honey
  • 1/8 cup whole chia seeds
  • A few fresh basil leaves

Put berries, rum, and Grand Marnier in bottom of pitcher and let macerate at room temperature for an hour or two. Cut orange in half and squeeze juice in pitcher, then throw the orange in as well. Add honey, chia seeds, and wine and stir well. Add basil leaves, cover, and place in refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Serve in large glasses with lemon-mineral water cubes. It’s also tasty when topped with an ounce of chilled Lambrusco, for a little fizzy red wine kick.