Wine Slushies & Blackberry Ricotta Pizza!?

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Blackberries on pizza? Yep, it’s a thing, and yep, it’s good.

One of my favorite things about the man is that he’s equally as adventurous when it comes to food and recipes. I found this recipe on Pinterest and just knew it was up our alley.

After our amazing morning (10 Miles + The Farmers’ Market), we settled on in for an evening out of the oppressive heat and sun. What better way to relax than with wine slushies and a new pizza recipe?

Kneading the dough for our attempt at Blackberry Ricotta Pizza with Basil | THE REAL LIFE Blog | food, fitness, lifestyle, recipes, pizza, running, Denver Colorado

Can you tell I was excited? Karen, mastermind behind The Food Charlatan, is a pizza genius. Blackberries on pizza? Who knew. (She did.)

letting the pizza dough rise

While we waited for the pizza dough to rise (around an hour), we started on the wine slushies.

Pink moscato wine slushie


This idea came to me while walking the farmers’ market and tasting wines. I wanted a cool,  fruit smoothie, and then I realized it would be significantly enhanced with a fruity wine. Voila!

Pouring the wine slushie


  • pink moscato
  • frozen raspberries
  • ice
  • a little basil and vodka, too, because why not?

It was exactly what we were hoping for and kept us entertained until our pizza dough was ready.

Making the pizzas


This pizza was so much fun to make! You spread olive oil on the dough, then mash up some blackberries as a sauce, add a layer of mozzarella and ricotta cheese, and then top with whole blackberries and green onions. Hop on over to Karen’s blog for the full recipe.

Blackberry ricotta pizza before baking

Here it is, ready to be baked at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Blackberry Ricotta Pizza With Basil

After it was done, I added fresh leaves from our Hazel the Basil plant. (Dorkssss.)

Slices of blackberry ritccota pizza with basil

More photos of this deliciousness.

A cross section of the blackberry ricotta pizza with basil

The baked blackberries tasted less tart than you might think; they tasted more like a wine/balsamic sauce. The ricotta cheese is decadent. The green onions and basil top it off. This is probably the most delicious pizza we’ve made from scratch, to date.

onion mushroom mizuno pizza before baking


Since you can’t just make pizza dough for ONE pizza, we had a second pizza going on the blackberry’s heels. This was the man’s improvisation:

  • roasted garlic and olive oil as the first layer
  • mozzarella cheese
  • mizuna from the farmers’ market
  • mushrooms
  • red onions
  • green onions
  • another layer of mozzarella and ricotta (not yet pictured above)

Slices of the man's pizza

His pizza was also mouthwatering. The roasted garlic and the meaty mushrooms were so flavorful! We decided that while the blackberry/ricotta pizza was definitely our favorite thus far, his pizza was the best of the more traditional versions we’ve created together. Win, win. (I think we just like having his-hers pizza wars and deciding it’s a tie.)




22 thoughts on “Wine Slushies & Blackberry Ricotta Pizza!?

  1. Constance @ LiveEatCreate says:

    Hi Vanessa, being in your blog is so refreshing! I must say I was surprised with your blackberry pizza mostly because you added spring onions as a topping. How did that come out? Btw Thank you for dropping by Live Eat Create, I really appreciate it 😉

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  2. Laura says:

    I would definitely try both pizzas! I’m intrigued by the blackberry one and I think I’d really like it. I know my fiancé wouldn’t, so more for me, right? As for the other one, I’m crazy for mushrooms so I couldn’t say no!

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