This refreshing & easy White Sangria is the perfect patio sipper for a hot day! Summer peaches, strawberries, and citrus slices are soaked in a blend of white wine and brandy, infusing it with their fruity flavors before being topped off with your favorite bubbles!
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I’d say this is about as appropriate timing for this White Sangria recipe as any.
I mean, Lara and I ARE spending this week in Napa, California – the center of wine production in the United States. What better way to segue into a blog post about one of the most popular ways to consume wine!
This page includes step by step instructions, as well as tips and notes. If you’d like to skip all that, feel free to scroll down to the full, printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
This is Napa, Day 2.
Technically, we’re in St. Helena, and I’m writing this at an adorable local coffee shop. Not only is their coffee delicious (hazelnut lattes FTW), the morning buns here remind me of an unfilled Cruffin from Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in San Fran.
A place we love but won’t get to hit this trip. Le sad.
We opted out of a visit to the City by the Bay in favor of an extra day of wine tasting.
So far we have zero regrets.
Well…except that we haven’t found a sangria on any tasting menus yet.
What is in white sangria?
This White Wine Sangria recipe is perfect for a crowd! Not only is it refreshing and tasty, it’s also incredibly easy to make, and it will no doubt be gone in a flash.
The thing about sangria is that the ingredients are completely customizable based on your tastes and the seasons! I tend to like white white sangria during the warm summer months because it’s so refreshing. I’ll never pass up a red sangria in the fall or winter, but a white one (like my White Christmas Sangria) is equally tasty then too!
- If you don’t have brandy, or don’t care for it, a good liqueur alternative is peach schnapps or triple sec. You can also use vodka or rum for an extra kick.
- If you have an excess of mango or cherries, feel free to toss those in there!
- This beautiful cocktail is adaptable to the seasons also, so even if it’s the dead of winter, citrus + apples + pomegranate would make for a delish variety.
- As for the fruit in this particular pitcher, I chose a mixture of year-round citrus and summer fruits:
- Blood Orange
What is the best wine for white sangria?
The base of this White Sangria is a combination of dry white wine (we like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio), brandy, and a bit of sugar or simple syrup. Add some fruit and a top-off of Prosecco or sparkling water and you’ve got simple sangria!
Your wine shouldn’t be the most expensive on the shelf, but not the boxed stuff, either. Choose a vint that you would drink on its own. If you prefer sweeter whites like Moscato or Riesling, use those instead – just cut back on the sugar!
How long does sangria last?
Sangria is best made at least four hours prior to serving it, to allow the fruit to infuse with the wine.
After it is made, however, sangria should be finished or discarded within 3 days. The cut up fruit tends to spoil long before the wine does, and will ruin the flavor of the sangria quickly.
Does sangria need to be refrigerated?
This pitcher cocktail is definitely best kept chilled in the fridge! It tastes better super cold, and the chill keeps the fruit from turning mushy.
What is the best food to serve with white sangria?
Sangrias are the perfect drink for brunch and that span of the afternoon between lunch and dinner.
I like to call that Tapas Time! Try one of these tasty Spanish apps next time you’re in need of some sangria!
- Chorizo Albondigas
- Baked Ricotta Dip
- Chorizo Sweet Potato Tortilla Bites
- Crispy Prosciutto Cups with Pear & Mascarpone
- Pimento Cheese Recipe with Celery
- Gambas Al Ajillo (Garlicky Shrimp)
Tips for making perfect sangria every time
- The best wine for sangria is your favorite type! Reds, whites, and roses can all make deliciously different sangrias to please every palate. Just be sure to balance the wine properly with the fruit and any additional liqueur you add. For dry wines, a little simple syrup, grenadine, or triple sec adds nice flavor. If you’re using a sweeter wine, mellow it with some tart citrus. Avoid oaked wines for the freshest taste – save that Chardonnay for another use.
- With that said, don’t use a wine in your sangria that you wouldn’t drink otherwise. That means the bottle your cousin got you five birthdays ago with the twist cap. Sure, fruit and sugar will make it better – but why waste the calories (and a sliver of your liver) on bad vino? You don’t have to break the bank on your wine choice since you’re going to muddle any complexity with fruit. Savor that $70 Sonoma bottle on its own.
- Taste as you go when adding sugar. The sangria fully comes into its own after a few hours, but don’t just dump sugar in without tasting it. If you aren’t a fan of adding sugar, you can sweeten a dry sangria with fruit juice, agave nectar, or flavored tonic water.
- Don’t forget the fruit! Choose fruit that is complementary to your wine. White wines are typically flavored with clean fruit, such as apples, pears, citrus, and summer stone fruits like apricots and peaches.
- Be untraditional. Many sangrias call for brandy as a mixer – often to amp up the alcohol content when mixing it with tonic or seltzer water. Brandy is fine – but rum, vodka, and tequila bring interesting flavors to the pitcher, also. Try them all and pick a favorite!
- Pretty it up! Keep your sangria from getting watered down by adding frozen fruit to each glass – or whip up some gorgeous flower ice cubes for an epic presentation!
How To Make White Sangria
This is one of the easiest cocktails to make! The hardest part about it is waiting for the fruit to infuse into the wine!
- Thinly slice your fruit and place it in a large pitcher. Sprinkle the fruit with some granulated sugar, then pour in the brandy and white wine. If you choose a sweeter wine, cut back a bit on the sugar.
- Sir everything up well, making sure the sugar is evenly distributed. Refrigerate for at least four hours for optimal flavor.
- When you’re ready to serve, portion the fruit into wine glasses. Fill each glass half to three-quarters of the way full with the sangria.
- Top each glass off with some Prosecco or hard seltzer water (if you like it strong), sparkling water (if you want less booze), or lemon-lime or ginger ale (if you prefer extra sweetness).
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Easy White Sangria
- 750 ml (1 bottle) white wine Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brandy apricot or apple
- 1 peach pitted and sliced
- 1 orange sliced
- 1 lemon sliced
- 1 lime sliced
- 1 ½ cups strawberries sliced
- Prosecco or sparkling water or hard seltzer
- Combine wine, sugar, brandy, and fruit in a large pitcher. Stir well to combine. Refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
- When ready to serve, spoon fruit from the pitcher into a wine glass. Fill 3/4 of the way with sangria, then top each glass off with Prosecco, sparkling water, or your favorite hard seltzer.