Light, refreshing, and an easy party drink for summer, white wine sangria is a fabulous way to entertain in style. While this recipe is very simple, there are many ways that you can adapt it to your personal taste as well as seasonal fruits.
Sangrias are easy to make and even easier to drink and each sangria recipe mix offers a unique taste adventure. White wine lovers enjoy the fresh citrus, apple, and tropical fruit flavors that are highlighted by the wine's zippy acidity.
The white wine sangria takes those basic components and accents the fruit notes by adding fresh citrus fruits. If you want to give this a quick tropical spin, add mango, pineapple, and kiwi into the mix.
- 25 ounces/750mL white wine (1 bottle)
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 3 oranges, cut into wedges (or 1 cup orange juice)
- 1 lemon (cut into wedges)
- 1 lime (cut into wedges)
- Optional: 2 ounces brandy
- 2 cups (1/2 liter) ginger ale or club soda
- Pour the wine into a pitcher.
- Squeeze the juice from the citrus wedges into the wine. Toss in the wedges after removing the seeds, if possible.
- Add the brandy and orange juice if you're using them as well as the sugar.
- Stir very well to ensure that all of the sugar is dissolved.
- Chill overnight to marry all of the flavors.
- Add the ginger ale or club soda just before serving so the sangria retains its sparkle.
If you'll be serving the sangria right away, use chilled white wine and serve it over lots of ice. However, preparing any sangria the night before is preferred. You'll notice a significant difference in the flavor because all of the individual flavors develop into a single, multi-dimensional flavor. This complexity is the signature of a well-made sangria and why we love this punch so much.
Make the Sangria Your Own
Almost every aspect of this white wine sangria can be adapted to fit your taste, which ingredients you have in stock and the fruits of the season. Have fun and use this recipe as a foundation to build a completely different sangria for every occasion.
Choose Your Wine
A white wine sangria gives you many options to choose from and it's hard to choose a wine that doesn't work. A few of the favorite styles for this recipe include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Albarino, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, and Pinot Gris.
There's also no need to spend a lot of money on the wine and sangrias are the perfect excuse to pick up a cheaper bottle. There's so much going on in the punch that it will cover up any less than desirable qualities in the wine. Who knows, your sangria experiments may even introduce you to a new favorite that you enjoy drinking on its own. There are many great tasting and inexpensive wines available today, so feel free to be frugal.
Choose Your Fruit
The citrus fruits included in the recipe are essential to creating a basic sangria. However, you can add to the flavor with any of variety of fruits.
Scan the produce market, choose the best fruits of the season, and have fun with different combinations.
For instance, you might combine mango and pineapple or pair mango with apple slices or chunks of papaya. Strawberries, peaches, and kiwi are another fun combination and it's hard to resist pineapple and strawberries in the same drink. Using a variety of berries is a fantastic idea as well. Pick up blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries and create your own mixed berry sangria.
In total, you should need only 1 or 2 cups of additional fruit. Two mangoes, apples, or papaya or one pineapple should give you plenty of fruit to work with. A small crate of each berry is perfect and you'll probably have leftovers to serve as finger food.
Choose Your Soda
Even the soda can be customized to your taste. Club soda produces a clean tasting sparkle while ginger ale is a nice option when you want to add a little sweetness. You might even split the pour for one of those and add a cup of your favorite citrus-flavored soda.
Add Some Booze
Many Sangria recipes include a small amount of liquor along with the wine. This recipe recommends brandy as an option and this is an excellent way to add to the flavor.
You can also pour a shot or two of gin or rum into your sangria and a fruit-flavored vodka like pear or strawberry would be fun as well. Just make sure that you don't add too much liquor or your guests may get a little loopier than they'd like or expect.