October 3, 2023

Spiced Berry Beret Cocktail

Recipe: Evelyn Chick

“An explosion of berry flavors paired with reposado tequila, this Sangria-inspired punch is too good to last the entire party! My mother used to make Sangria with cinnamon infused orange juice, cassis, and boxed wine. While I always thought it was an amazing party trick, I never admitted that to her. So, this is an ode to my mother, and the many pitchers of Sangria I snuck a taste from. Have fun and make lots of substitutions—anything goes with this one.” – Evelyn Chick


Vanilla Agave Syrup (makes 3/4 cup)

  • 1/2 cup pure agave nectar
  • 3 drops bourbon vanilla extract

Acid Adjusted Pineapple Juice (makes 1 cup)

  • 1 cup canned pineapple juice
  • 2 tsp citric acid

Spiced Berry Beret

  • 3 cups mixed berries, such as blackberries and raspberries
  • 10 oz. Patron Reposado Tequila
  • 20 oz. dry red wine
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 orange, sliced into wheels
  • 5 oz. Vanilla Agave Syrup (see above)
  • 10 oz. Acid Adjusted Pineapple Juice (see above)
  • 20 oz. premium soda


Yield: 10 cocktails

Make Vanilla Agave Syrup

  1. Mix pure agave nectar with 1/4 cup of hot water in non-reactive container. Whisk until well integrated. Add bourbon vanilla extract and whisk again.
  2. Bottle and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

Make Acid Adjusted Pineapple Juice

  1. Add pineapple juice and citric acid to a high-powered blender. Pulse 2 to 3 times to dissolve citric acid. Bottle and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Make Spiced Berry Beret

  1. In a large punch bowl (at least 128 oz in volume), combine mixed berries, tequila, and wine. Take a wooden spoon and gently mash the berries and let sit for at least 1 hour.
  2. Add cinnamon sticks, orange slices, syrup, and acid adjusted pineapple juice and give it a stir.
  3. Add a large ice chunk or a couple of large ice cubes and pour in the soda. Serve immediately by ladling the cocktail into rocks glasses filled with ice.

Excerpted from For the Love of Cocktails: The Everyday Guide to Delightful Drinks for Anyone, Anytime by Evelyn Chick. Photography by Jessica Blaine Smith. © 2023 by Evelyn Chick. Recipes © 2023 by Evelyn Chick. Excerpted with permission from Figure 1 Publishing. All rights reserved