Listen, I don't need to paint you a picture of why white sangria is one of the best party drinks out there. You make it by the pitcher, it's full of alcohol-soaked fruit, and it also happens to be refreshing and beautiful.
Aside from all the things I just listed, white sangria is also dead easy to make and looks super elegant. Surly you can't need any more convincing.
White sangria, with its refreshing blend of white wine, citrus fruit, and just the right amount of sweetness is going to blow you away. It's a game changer for any summer gathering or happy hour.
Why You're Going to Love this Recipe
- It's light and crisp, perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.
- The combination of sweet citrus flavors with spice hints is irresistible.
- It's versatile and can be made with your favorite fruit and wine.
- Plus, it's a crowd-pleaser, great for bringing to parties or sharing with friends.
- And let's not forget, and it's a beautiful drink to look at with all the colorful fruit floating in the glass.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answer: Sangria is a Spanish drink made of red wine, brandy, sugar, and fruit juices, such as orange and lemon, with slices of fruit added to it.
Yes. As the name suggests, white sangria is made with white wine rather than red. It's also usually lighter and fruitier in flavor.
White sangria combines white wine, brandy, sugar, fruit juices, such as orange and lemon, and fruit slices. Some recipes also call for triple sec or other liqueurs, such as peach schnapps.
A light and crisp white wine, such as Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or Riesling, works best for white sangria as it complements the fruit flavors and does not overpower the drink.
What is White Sangria?
White sangria is a refreshing and fruity cocktail made with white wine. Instead of using red wine like in traditional sangria, white wine is used to create a lighter and crisp-feeling drink.
The white wine is combined with brandy, sugar, fruit juices like orange and lemon, and slices of fruit like apples, peaches, and berries. You can totally use what's in season, or what appeals to you. Some recipes also call for triple sec or other liqueurs, such as peach schnapps, to add a little extra sweetness and flavor.
Now, the key to a great white sangria is using the right type of white wine. You want to go for a light and crisp wine like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or Riesling, as it complements the fruit flavors and doesn't overpower the drink.
And let me tell you, white sangria is not just delicious; it's also gorgeous to look at with all the colorful fruit floating in the glass. It's the perfect drink for summer gatherings, happy hours, or any occasion that calls for a refreshing and fruity cocktail. Make it for the next porch night you have with the girls - they'll love you for it!
White wine: This is the base of the cocktail. As we mentioned before, you want to use a light and crisp wine like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or Riesling. These types of wine won't kill the other flavors in the drink, and definitely complement the fruit.
Brandy: Brandy is a type of spirit that adds depth and richness to the drink. It helps to balance the sweetness of the sugar and triple sec and adds a warm and boozy kick.
Triple sec: Triple sec is an orange-flavored liqueur that adds a touch of sweetness to the sangria. It enhances the fruity flavors and helps to balance the flavors of white wine and brandy.
Sugar: Sugar is used to sweeten the sangria. You can adjust the amount of sugar to your liking, but remember that the fruit and the triple sec will also add sweetness to the drink.
Sliced fruit: The sliced fruit makes this white sangria so beautiful and delicious. You can use any combination of fruit that you like, but some popular choices are apples, peaches, berries, and citrus. The fruit adds freshness, flavor, and color to the drink.
How to Make White Sangria
This recipe really could not be simpler. You can also adjust it to your taste. Not a huge brandy fan? Don't add it. Sugar look too sweet for you? Cut it back. Want some more freshness? Add ¼ C of lemon juice. You do you!
Get a large pitcher and pour in the bottle of white wine.
Add in ½ cup of brandy.
Pour in ¼ cup of triple sec.
Spoon in ¼ cup of sugar.
Give the pitcher a good stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Slice up 2 cups of your favorite fruit and add them to the pitcher.
Give the pitcher another gentle stir.
Pop the pitcher into the refrigerator and let it chill for at least 30 minutes or until it's cold.
Fill a glass with ice and pour in the white sangria.
Garnish each glass with a few pieces of the fruit you used in the pitcher.
Making it Ahead of Time
Making sangria ahead of time isn't just allowed; it's encouraged. When you allow the fruit and the wine to mix and mingle together, the flavors get even deeper and more complex.
So, just make the recipe in the exact same way, but cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. That's it!
What to Serve it With
Seafood dishes: White sangria is a great match for seafood dishes, such as coconut shrimp, crab cakes, and lobster. The wine's lightness and the sangria's fruitiness help balance the flavors of these dishes.
Spanish-style tapas: Tapas are a perfect match for sangria, as they are small, flavorful dishes that can be paired with the drink. Think patatas bravas, tortilla española, or croquetas.
Grilled meats: Grilled chicken, pork, or steak would all be great options to serve with white sangria. The smoky flavors of the grill complement the light fruitiness of the drink.
Salads: Light and refreshing salads, such as a mixed greens salad or a fruit salad, would go well with white sangria.
Sweets: For dessert, consider serving fresh fruit, sorbet, or a light pastry, such as a fruit tart, with your white sangria.
Remember, the key to pairing food and drink is to have a balance of flavors, so look for dishes that complement the light and fruity flavors of the white sangria.
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Fresh and Fruity White Sangria
- 1 pitcher
- 1 bottle white wine such as Pino Grigio
- ½ C brandy
- ¼ C triple sec
- ¼ C sugar optional, depending on how sweet you want it
- 2 C sliced fruit such as oranges, lemons, peaches, raspberries, apples or nectarines
- Pour your wine into a large pitcher.
- Add the brandy, triple sec, and sugar, if using.
- Stir the mixture until the sugar is fully dissolved.
- Add the sliced fruit, reserve a few slices for garnish at the end.
- Stir again, then cover and chill until ready to serve.
- Pour into wine glasses over ice, and garnish with reserved fresh fruit.