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 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.
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- 3 oranges (cut into wedges; or 1 cup orange juice)
- 1 lemon (cut into wedges)
- 1 lime (cut into wedges)
- 25 ounces/750mL white wine (1 bottle)
- Optional: 2 ounces brandy
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 2 cups/.5 liter ginger ale (or club soda)
Gather the ingredients.
Squeeze the juice from the citrus wedges into the pitcher. Remove the seeds (if possible) and toss in the wedges. If you're using orange juice, add it now.
Pour the wine into the pitcher.
Add the brandy (if using) and the sugar. Stir very well to ensure that all of the sugar is dissolved.
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.
- We recommend preparing any sangria recipe (minus any sparkling elements like soda or champagne) the night before. This allows the flavors to meld and makes for a tastier drink.
- Choose Your Wine: Finding the right white wine for sangria is easy—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. Choose an affordable white wine that is good quality and is not heavily oaked.
- Choose Your Fruit: The citrus fruits included in the recipe are essential to creating a basic sangria. You can add to the flavor with any other variety of fruits. Scan the produce market, choose the best fruits of the season, and have fun with different combinations. 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 couple of small containers of berries are perfect and you'll probably have leftovers to serve as finger food.
- Adjust the Sweetness: If you would like a drier sangria, add less sugar and/or use club soda. For a sweeter sangria, add the sugar as written and use ginger ale or lemon-lime soda.
- Add Some Booze: Many sangria recipes include a small amount of liquor along with the wine. This recipe recommends brandy, a flavorful fortified wine that's a classic ingredient in sangria.
How Strong is Sangria?
Sangria is a relatively low alcohol drink, making it nice for daytime gatherings and summer parties. Even with the brandy included, sangria tends to weigh in at between 5 and 10 percent ABV (lighter than a glass of wine).