Warm summer evenings call for cool summer drinks, and what could be more refreshing than a big jug of Fruity White Wine Sangria? Simple to make, plenty of liquid to keep you hydrated, and perfect for a party as it packs a real punch.
Jugs of cocktails are great for entertaining as you can make them up the earlier in the day, then top them up with soda or ginger ale just before serving. You’ll see lots of sangria recipes calling for the mix to soak overnight, but I think it tastes best if you prepare it in the morning, ready for your evening sundowners.
Traditional Spanish sangria is made with red wine, such as tempranillo or rioja. For white sangria, it’s nice to use something with a little acidity, sauvignon blanc or pinot gris are both good, though I’d recommend using something cheap and cheerful rather than your best bottle. I’ve picked fruit here that compliments the fruity notes in the above wines, but it’s best to use what is local and in season. Berries always look beautiful, or you could give your sangria a tropical twist by adding mango or pineapple.
You can also switch up the flavours in your sangria by swapping the brandy for a fruity liqueur, such as peach schnapps, Cointreau or even limoncello, so let your imagination go wild.
Do you have a favourite summer cocktail? Let me know in the comments below. Take care out there, enjoy the sunshine and happy cooking!
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Fruity White Wine Sangria
Light and refreshing but packing a punch, Fruity White Wine Sangria is the ideal summer cocktail. Make up a big jug for sipping with friends as the sun goes down.
- 750ml dry white wine, eg sauvignon blanc, pinot gris
- 100ml brandy or half brandy half Cointreau
- 75g sugar
- 1 orange cut into wedges
- 1 nectarine, sliced
- 1 granny smith apple, sliced.
- small bunch fresh mint
- 500ml soda or ginger ale
Stir together the wine, brandy and sugar in a large jug. Add all fruit, cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
Add the sliced apple and garnish with mint leaves then top up with soda water or ginger ale and ice cubes just before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 35gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information is calculated automatically and isn’t always accurate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I make Fruity White Wine Sangria as a mocktail / alcohol-free?
Yes! This is a great refreshing summer drink even without alcohol. Use sparkling grape or apple juice instead of the wine and omit the alcohol. You could also try using an alcohol-free sparkling wine.
What fruit is best in sangria?
Just about any summer fruit will work with sangria! For citrus, I only use oranges as I find lemon and lime add too much of a bitter note. It’s better to add very soft fruit like berries or kiwifruit just before serving so they don’t break down, and apple should always be added last so it doesn’t brown.
What wines are best for sangria?
I like to use a sauvignon blanc or pinto gris as the fruit aromas of the wine are accentuated by the fruit in the sangria. Avoid anything oaked like a heavy chardonnay. Apart from that you can use any wine that you like. Don’t use very expensive wine for sangria though!