Nothing makes hosting easier than a make-ahead, pitcher cocktail. This means if you've got a party on the horizon and you're looking to keep things simple, look no further than White Wine Sangria. It's a light, refreshing, and fruity cocktail perfect for warm weather entertaining.
The crisp white wine infused with fresh citrus and fruity flavors makes this perfect for slow sipping and enjoyable for just about any palate. Serve this cocktail at al fresco dinner parties, BBQs, and just about any celebration that calls for a crowd, a cocktail, and a patio. Want to offer a variety? Try our Frozen Margaritas or Vodka Mojitos.
HOW TO MAKE WHITE WINE SANGRIA
White Wine Sangria is a great option for a number of reasons. Trying to beat the Summer heat? It's crisp, cool, and refreshing. Want to serve something aesthetically pleasing for your guests? Nothing is as vibrant as the rainbow of fruit we are about to put together. A little pressed for time today? The whole thing literally comes together in 15 minutes. And on top of all that? It's completely customizable! Just about any berry, apple, or stonefruit will be great in this drink. This is basically the fairy godmother of cocktails, there to help you out when you're in over your head, and she's going to look cute while she does it.
- Add sliced fruit to a large pitcher.
- Pour in a bottle of white wine, orange liqueur, and vodka.
- Top with white grape juice and freshly squeezed citrus.
- Stir and refrigerate for 2 hours (or up to 24 hours).
By making the sangria ahead of time and allowing those flavors to blend, you can cut out muddling completely. Time will take care of it for you.
For another easy and absolutely delicious sangria recipe, be sure to check out our apple cider sangria next!
This easy white wine sangria recipe starts with the fruit. Fruit adds a fresh, sweet flavor to sangria and makes for one seriously irresistible presentation.
Oranges | Fresh orange is a classic sangria ingredient. Cut 2 oranges into ¼" slices and drop them right into the pitcher!
Lime or Lemon | Citrus fruits and sangria go hand in hand. You can use lemon or lime slices in your sangria. We went with lime for a fun pop of green. Again, you'll slice your citrus into ¼" rings and drop them right into the pitcher.
Berries | Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries. You could do a combination of any of the berries mentioned above. One thing worth noting is the sangria will likely take on a bit of color for the berries, so if you'd like to control the color of your cocktail, look to the berries for direction. You can use any mix of berries. You will need about 2 ½ cups of berries in total. If you are using strawberries, remove the stems and cut them into halves or quarters before using.
Mint | Mint has a sweet flavor and is highly refreshing when added to cocktails. It's not a super common ingredient when it comes to sangria, but if you are serving this up in the midst of summer heat, we can't recommend it enough!
The best wine for White Wine Sangria would be a crisp, dry white wine such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc, and it's best if you purchase a bottle you would not mind sipping if it were to be served by the glass.
Orange liqueurs like Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or triple sec, are classic additions to white wine and red wine sangria. Cointreau is our favorite orange liqueur for adding great flavor and just a touch of sweetness to cocktails. If you like your cocktails on the dryer side, consider using Grand Marnier instead.
One thing that sets this White Wine Sangria apart is the addition of vodka. The vodka serves 2 purposes: It perfectly cuts through and balances out the cocktail's sweetness and it takes this drink from a white wine sipper to a real-deal cocktail.
If you prefer your cocktails on the sweeter side, ditch the vodka and consider adding peach schnapps in its place!
CITRUS AND JUICE
As for the juice, we'll combine freshly squeezed orange and lime juice plus white grape juice.
Fresh citrus juice is a game changer when it comes to beating the heat via cocktails and is well worth the extra 5 minutes of prep.
Grape juice is mainly responsible for the sugar content of this White Wine Sangria. If you do not like grape juice, sub in another light-colored fruit juice in its place, such as peach or mango nectar.
CAN I MAKE IT BUBBLY?
Many sangria recipes call for ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, club soda, or sparkling water. However, to keep this a true make-ahead recipe, we passed on the bubbles. As we all know, as unfortunate as it may be, bubbles only last for so long.
If you're Team Bubbly all the way, we recommend making this White Wine Sangria as is, and serving it spritzer style with sparkling water on the side. This way, guests can pour their drinks, and enjoy their bubbles without losing carbonation power throughout the party.
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This White Wine Sangria is the perfect cocktail for outdoor hosting in the warmer months. Cool, refreshing, and you can make it ahead!
- 2 oranges sliced
- 3 limes sliced
- 1 ½ cups strawberries halved
- 1 cup raspberries or blackberries
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 bottle dry white wine (such as pino grigio or sauvignon blanc)
- 5 ounces vodka
- 5 ounces orange liqueur
- 2 ½ cups white grape juice
- juice of 3 limes
- juice of an orange
Add the sliced fruit, berries, and mint to a large pitcher, followed by wine, vodka, orange liqueur, grape juice, and fresh citrus juice. Stir to combine.
For best results, refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.