Beat the heat with this easy, fresh and delicious White Wine Sangria recipe!
Wine sangria makes the perfect summer beverage! And this recipe is the best, loaded with lemon and orange juice, brandy, club soda, and your choice of fresh and colorful fruit. It’s a recipe passed on from a friend, and literally everyone asks for it after they enjoy it at my house!
White sangria is made with dry or sweet white wine or sparkling prosecco, for a cocktail that is unlike any other. It’s light and crisp, plus it’s super easy to make! So keep the party going with this fun, tasty, and refreshing beverage that is simply bursting with citrus flavor!
What is White Wine Sangria?
- Similar to red sangria, white wine sangria is packed with delicious flavor. White is a bit more light and crisp than red, and just as refreshing! It’s the ultimate summer cooler recipe! Just don’t confuse it with Sangaria (a common mispelling), a specialty Japanese brand of carbonated beverages (although Sangaria could be used to top up the Sangria!).
- Serve from a clear glass pitcher to showcase all the beautiful fruit! It’s the perfect drink for special occasions, but it’s also so easy to make that any day can be a celebration!
- Make ahead and the flavors will have more time to blend and soak into the fruit. Simply add the bubbly at the end. Making the sangria ahead also means no fussing over cocktails when your guests arrive!
What’s in White Sangria?
WHITE WINE: No need to buy pricey vintages for this recipe! Choose dry crisp wines like a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc.
LIQUEUR: Brandy is full-bodied and gives sangria a slight golden color. I usually use Grand Marnier, but look for fruit-flavored brandies like apricot, orange, or peach. Rum, triple sec, vodka, or schnapps spirits all have flavored varieties as well. Use what’s on hand if you can.
BUBBLY: Club soda or sparkling water makes white sangria a fun and effervescent cocktail! Dry champagne or prosecco (the Italian version of champagne) are just as bubby but will increase the alcohol content.
What Fruit Goes in White Wine Sangria?
For the best presentation, use a combination of colorful fruits! Sliced oranges, limes, lemons (leave the peels on), strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, apples, mangoes, or cranberries, whatever is in season.
PRO TIP: Freeze blueberries, cranberries, or grapes before popping them into the pitcher!
How to Make White Sangria
- Mix ingredients in a large jug and stir until sugar is dissolved.
PRO TIP: Simple syrup can be used in place of sugar and doesn’t have to be dissolved.
- Pour over ice in clear glasses or cups and top with soda and serve.
Garnish with mint frozen into ice cubes and lemon slices on the rims of the glasses.
To make a virgin sangria, use soda or sparkling juice in place of the wine.
How to Store Sangria
Yes, white sangria will keep for enjoying later!
- For best results, finish white sangria before the fruit starts to get too waterlogged. It’ll keep in the refrigerator for about 2 days, or remove the fruit to prolong its life by an extra couple of days.
- Refresh white sangria by adding fresh fruit and more bubbly before serving.
More Festive Drinks to Try
White wine sangria need not be the only drink on your cocktail menu. Try one of these tasty beverages!
- Candy Corn Martini – perfect for Halloween.
- Creamy Lemonade – so refreshing.
- Boozy Shamrock Shake – cool and creamy.
- Cherry Margaritas – for summer days.
White Wine Sangria
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 ¼ cup wine
- ¼ cup brandy optional (I use Grand Marnier or Orange Brandy if possible)
- 1 cup fruit orange, strawberry, lemon, lime (or your favorite fruit)
- 1 cup ice plus more for serving
- 8 ounces club soda or prosecco
- In a 2 quart jug, mix together lemon juice, orange juice, and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
- Add wine, brandy if using, fruit, and ice and stir.
- Pour into an ice filled glass, top with soda or prosecco, and serve.
- Use leftover Sangria within 2 days, or remove fruit to prolong freshness.
- Add fresh fruit and more bubbly to refresh it again before serving.
Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.
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