White Wine Sangria is a refreshing drink that is simple to make and yet elegant enough for any occasion. Fresh fruit and wine combine to create the perfect beverage for warm summer gatherings with your family and friends.
All ingredients listed in this sangria recipe are estimates. Add or subtract according to your taste. One of the things that makes sangria so wonderful is its flexibility. Depending on the ingredients used, it can be a light thirst-quencher or a potent cocktail that can set heads spinning. Adjust the amounts of liquor according to mood and the guests. Taste the prepared mixture the day before your guests’ arrival so you can tweak the flavors a bit (add additional juice, brandy, liqueur, fruit, or sugar if you want).
Check out more of Linda’s Basic Simple Syrup Recipe for sweetening your favorite drinks.
- 2 (750 ml. bottles) dry white wine (Pinot Gris, Chablis, Chardonnay, Riesling, or Sauvignon Blanc), chilled*
- 1 cup fruit brandy (your favorite)
- Fruit juice of your choice (I use fruit juice instead of sugar to add some sweetness)
- Granulated sugar
- Simple syrup to taste (optional if not using fruit juice)
- Fresh fruit, (use whatever combination of fruit and berries that are in season), sliced**
- 2 cups club soda, 7-up, seltzer water, lemon-lime soda, or sparkling water (optional)
- Ice cubes
- Mint sprigs (for garnish)
In a clean vessel, large enough to accommodate the wine, brandy, and fruit (pickle jar, sun tea jars, etc), combine the wine, fruit brandy, and fruit juices. Pour in the sugar or simple syrup, stir or shake the pitcher thoroughly to mix. Add the cut up fruits of your choice.
Add ice. Allow the mixture to sit for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the fruits flavors to come through.
Serve the Sangria over ice in large wine glasses. Fill serving glass half full with ice. Pour the sangria over the ice. Add a few slices of the marinated fruit along with some fresh berries. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig and serve immediately.
* Use only wines in your cooking that you would drink. Never, never use any wine that you WOULD NOT DRINK! If you do not like the taste of a wine, you will not like the dish you choose to use it in. For more information, please read my article Cooking with Wine.
** Any other seasonal fruit that tempts you may be added (berries, melon, grapes, guavas, mangos, apples, etc). Fruit juices may also be added. Let your imagination be your guide!