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April 30, 2021 –  Coopers’ Craft Bourbon is a versatile and light bodied bourbon that can be used to make a variety of unique cocktails. This weekend we are looking forward to mixing up this new recipe from our friend, Erin at Top Shelf DIY, who combined Coopers’ Craft Bourbon with tart cherries, bold oranges, and blackberries for a delicious sangria that’s perfect for summer. 

Check out the recipe below, and head on over to Erin’s blog, Top Shelf DIY, here for at-home DIY and cocktail recipe inspiration!


Blood Orange Bourbon Sangria 

Erin Devine, Top Shelf DIY 


  • 1.5 cups of bourbon, such as Coopers’ Craft 82.2 proof 
  • 1/2 cup of sugar 
  • 1 small bag of frozen, pitted cherries (better if you can get them fresh, when in season) 
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle of Spanish red wine (I used Rioja, but there’s also Tempranillo & Garnacha) 
  • 2-3 blood oranges, sliced 
  • 1/2 cup tart cherry juice 
  • Blackberries 


  1. Start by making the bourbon-soaked equivalent of Luxardo Maraschino Cherries, which will help offset the smoky bite of your bourbon. This step adds additional resting time to your recipe, but in my honest opinion it’s worth it. I essentially halved this recipe by Michael over at Inspired By Charm. Heat your bourbon and sugar in a saucepan, stirring on low heat until your sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool for 15-20 minutes, then add pitted cherries. Allow the cherries to marinate in the fridge for 8-12 hours. 
  1. Pour your cherries and bourbon into a glass pitcher. Add sliced blood oranges and blackberries. Add your wine and cherry juice. 
  1. Place your pitcher back in the fridge for another 8-12 hours. You’ll thank me for waiting. 
  1. Mix your sangria one last time, then pour into glasses filled with ice. 


Photos: Erin Devine, Top Shelf DIY 

-Allanah Richman