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cup blackberries, blueberries or a combination
Anjou pear, thinly sliced
Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
bottle (750 ml) dry white wine
cups elderflower liqueur
Club soda, to top off (up to 1 liter)
Place grapes, berries and pear and apple slices in the bottom of a large, chilled pitcher. Pour in white wine and elderflower liqueur and stir. Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes.
Top with ice and fill pitcher to the top with club soda (up to 1 liter).
Stir and serve chilled.
More About This Recipe
- Summer is around the corner and all I can think about is sipping on sangrias.Seriously – sweet, sassy, sippy sangrias are what summers are made of. And I’m super psyched for this one, because I’ve got this swell White Wine-Elderflower Sangria recipe to use all season long. Yesssss.I know you’re excited for summer too, so I thought I’d share the recipe because, ya know, no one wants to drink alone – at least not when sangria is involved. So pull up a chair, slather on some sunscreen and let’s make sangrias together!The club soda is also fairly necessary, and so is the fruit, but you can substitute lemon-lime soda or sparkling water for the club soda if you want. And, you can use pretty much whatever fruits float your boat – blackberries, blueberries, grapes and pear and green apple slices are my fruits of choice for both their flavors and colors.Mmmm, fruity, elderflowery, cocktaily bliss. Cheers, friends! What’s your favorite way to celebrate summer?
White Wine Sangria
Sangria has a long and interesting dating back to the Middle Ages. It's likely that Sangria grew in popularity because at the time a fermented drink, like wine, was safer to drink than water and it was common to mix the wine with spices and herbs. The sangria version we drink today comes from Spain where it is more common to use red wine, but a white wine version offers a more refreshing summer drink. This easy white-wine sangria recipe has all of your favorite fruits (and if it doesn't, go ahead and add them!) and, to make things even better, they get soaked in Grand Marnier for a bit before going into the sangria pitcher. If you need us, we'll be by the pool sipping these with a red wine sangria in the other hand. 😉
Make it ahead of time.
Sangria gets better the longer it sits. Give the sangria time to chill in the fridge before serving and the flavors will meld together. the sangria will sweeter and more flavorful. Wait to top it off with seltzer until you're ready to serve.
Make it your own.
Sangria needs 5 things: Wine, liqueur, fruit, sweetener, and something bubbly.
Pick your favorite dry white wine. We like Rieslings, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, and Sauvignon Blanc.
An added liqueur isn't required, but highly advised. We like an orange liqueur like Grand Marnier or Cointreau. A brandy is also a nice addition.
Pick any and all of your favorite fruits! Apples, peaches, berries, mangoes, grapes. They all work!
Add a little sweetener to help balance they whole thing out. Our basic recipe includes sugar, but you could use honey, a fruit juice, or agave.
Top it all off with a bubbly drink. We like seltzer, but club soda, ginger ale, Sprite, or even Champagne are all great options!
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Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on May 14, 2021 to include more information about the dish.
What is white wine Sangria?
All Sangria, red, white, or otherwise, is based on a recipe of wine, chopped fruit, and often brandy. The drink originates from Spain, where historically local wine was mixed with whatever fruit was nearby and in season, creating a deliciously refreshing summer punch.
Sangria is more traditionally made using red wine, such as Spanish Tempranillo and Rioja, however white wine Sangria is almost as popular. Some people prefer white Sangria as the wine offers additional freshness to the mix, creating a lighter taste. You can also make Sangria with sparkling wine for a fizzy cocktail.
Simple White Wine Sangria
White wine sangria is light, refreshing, and an ideal drink for a hot summer day, yet this fabulous cocktail requires only a few, easy-to-find ingredients. Although there is no one recipe for sangria—there are many amazing variations—in short, you need wine, some fruit, a bubbly component such as lemon soda, club soda, or sometimes cava or prosecco, and an optional liqueur. But all is fair in the sangria game, so any additions or substitutions you can think of can also yield a flavorful beverage.
Strongly associated with Spain, sangria dates back to Roman times when drinking wine with herbs and fruits was considered safer than consuming water. Nowadays, sangria has captured the whole world's imagination, not the least because it has so many versions and additional ingredients. Nonetheless, our very simple recipe makes a wonderful no-hassle drink that is most welcome with savory and spicy appetizers—think shrimp, small tapas, patatas bravas, cheeseboards, or meatballs.
Sangrias are easy to make and even easier to drink, and each offers a unique taste adventure. White wine lovers enjoy the fresh citrus, apple, and other fruit flavors that are highlighted by the wine's zippy acidity. If you want to give this a quick tropical spin, add mango, pineapple, and kiwi into the mix, or go all berries for a pinkish hue. Choose a white wine like sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio and always use a wine you'd drink by the glass. Although fruit will mask the flavor, use a good bottle—no need to splurge—but avoid cheap wines as their bad flavors do come through and spoil the sangria experience.
Easy and Traditional White Sangria Recipe
This homemade white sangria recipe is refreshing, easy and versatile! Prepare it in the morning so the wine can soak up all the fruity flavors. You’ll have a delicious cocktail ready for dinner!
White sangria is the perfect summer cocktail to make for a crowd! Serve it by the pool or for a garden party. It’s colorful, refreshing and always a crowd pleaser. This recipe uses only 9 ingredients and takes about 15 minutes to prepare.
Here’s the best part about making sangria, you can toss in the fruit you have and be creative! This is a basic recipe for a traditional white sangria, but have fun with it and if you have left over fruit, use it.
How do you make white sangria?
- Wash and prepare all of the fruit. Slice or cut the fruit in small pieces. I personally like the way it looks sliced.
- Make the homemade simple syrup to sweeten the sangria.
- Add the white wine, fruit, vodka, simple syrup and liqueur in a large pitcher.
- Place the sangria in the refrigerator to infuse the flavors. Anywhere from an hour to over night depending on how much time you have and how fruity you want the flavor.
- Before serving, add in the club soda (any sparkling water) to give it some bubbles.
Simple syrup is made with sugar and water. Instead of muddling sugar at the bottom of the pitcher, we like to dilute it and melt it so it blends better. Just mix 1/2 cup organic cane sugar with 1/2 cup water and simmer until sugar is melted. Super easy!
This is the organic cane sugar I used. You can also try coconut sugar if you prefer.
What is a good white wine for sangria?
You don’t need a very expensive bottle of wine when making sangria! Save your good bottles for sipping. Try an affordable dry white like Rioja Blanco, or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or even a Pinot Grigio.
To serve the sangria you’ll need a tall glass pitcher (love this one for $12), a long wooden spoon and stemless wine glasses.
To serve sangria, pour in a glass filled with ice. If the fruit stays in the pitcher, spoon some out to serve in each glass. Garnish with a mint leaf or edible flower!
I just love how colorful white sangria is! The fruit just pops and it’s beautiful.
What goes with sangria?
This white sangria is truly great served with anything light and summery! From seafood to summer salads or even a summer cheese plate. Also, pair it with Spanish and Mexican dishes or a dessert like blood orange cheese cake or the best ever lemon bars.
How long does sangria last?
Since there is sliced fruit in sangria, the fruit will start to turn brown after a few days. Plan on keeping it for three days in the refrigerator and then discarding it. But I highly doubt you’ll have any left on the third day!
- Use seasonal fruit and berries or anything that sounds good to you.
- Add a different liqueur-like peach, cherry, honeydew, apple, triple sec or Cointreau (orange), elderflower, banana, limoncello, or even prickly pear. There are so many choices and you can add whatever one you like!
- Try a flavored vodka. We use apple vodka in this recipe, but there are several flavors of vodka or even just classic is fine too.
- Pick a theme, like tropical white sangria made with pineapple and mango. Use this recipe as a guide and switch out the flavors to match your theme.
- You can use frozen fruit if you prefer, but we like fresh the best.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Sangria have liquor in it?
Yes, sangria is made with wine as well as a spirit depending on the type of sangria. We use vodka in this white wine sangria recipe.
Can sangria go bad?
Yes. Usually, the fruit in sangria will go bad before the actual wine. It will last up to 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
A Little Sangria History
The term sangria dates back to the 18th century. Early versions of this cocktail were popular in Spain, Greece, and England. It was originally served hot and cold. Sangria as an iced drink was introduced to the U.S. in the late 1940s through Hispanic Americans and Spanish restaurants.
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