If you live in the South — and especially in North Carolina — you know Cheerwine is a big deal. For those missing out, its a magical cherry soda reminiscent of Dr. Pepper, and apparently it tastes great in sangria.

At least, that’s according to celebrity chef Alton Brown.

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On a recent visit to a Durham, N.C., tapas restaurant, the “Cutthroat Kitchen” star was so inspired by the Cheerwine sangria they served that he hacked his own recipe from memory.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 4 ounces triple sec
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 1 teaspoon cherry bitters
  • 4 ounces frozen peaches, chopped
  • 4 ounces frozen mango, chopped
  • 1 small lemon, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 small lime, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 (12 ounce) bottles Cheerwine, chilled

Find the full recipe on

If you live in a place that doesn’t know the magic of Cheerwine yet, you can order it on Amazon.

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Jessie Taylor is a freelance writer and crafter who is currently traveling the U.S. in search of her ideal place to live and the perfect cup of coffee. Follow her adventures on Instagram and Twitter.
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