How To Make The Perfect Summer Sangria

The Easiest Sangria Recipe to Make This Summer

Published May 2024

There’s only one right way to make fruit salad: with wine.

We’re talking about sangria, of course, the deliciously summery batch cocktail made with fruit, wine, cordials, liqueurs and mixers like soda and juice.

Unlike cocktails that require precise measurements (think the Old Fashioned or the Manhattan), sangria works best as a tasty medley of all your favorite fruits, wines, spirits and mixers. If you have a few half-full containers of berries the fam didn’t put over their morning cereal, a bottle of wine, a couple cans of soda and a bottle of any cordial you like on your bar cart (Chambord, Cointreau, St-Germain, etc.), then you’ve got yourself everything you need for a wicked pitcher of sangria.

This beloved batch cocktail has many potential origin stories, but it most likely began because early Greek and Roman laborers would mix their wine with sugar, spices, fruit and whatever else was on-hand. The water was bacteria-riddled and unsafe to drink, so mixing it with a touch of wine made it drinkable. Everything else was a bonus to add flavor.1

Sangria is derived from the Spanish word sangre, or blood, referencing red wine’s dark hue. But sangria can be made with nearly any type of wine, from white to red to rosé to sparkling wine. White sangrias are especially suited to serve at summer pool parties and backyard barbecues.

What is the best type of white wine to use when making white sangria?

When making a white sangria, steer clear of richer, more complex varietals like chardonnay. Instead, opt for crisp, fruit-forward varietals like sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio or even riesling. The acidity in the wine will play nicely with the acidity of the fruit, making for a refreshing glass of sangria.

What fruits are typically used?

The sky is the limit when it comes to what fruits to add to a sangria, but for a white sangria specifically, go for fruits that are fresh, crisp and clean. Think lemons, limes, green apples, berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.), oranges and pears.

Are there any tips for serving white sangria at a party?

As with any sangria, make sure you ladle a healthy amount of fruit into each glass (for both taste and aesthetics) and only add carbonated mixers to the top of each glass. If you pour bubbly mixers into the pitcher or punch bowl with everything else, it’ll be flat by the time you and your guests enjoy it.

The joy of sangria-mixing is that you can toss basically whatever you want in it, but keep scrolling for our top white sangria recipe to make this summer.

White Sangria

White Sangria

The base of this recipe, Hayes Ranch Pinot Grigio, is a perfectly summery white wine with notes of green apple and lime and a clean minerality. The wine is enhanced by Lillet Blanc, a French aperitif with candied orange, honey and fresh mint aromas. Add an assortment of ripe, juicy fruits, fresh mint and bubbles on top, and this is a batch cocktail recipe must-have for long weekend get-togethers.

The Recipe

In a pitcher, add wine, Lillet Blanc, peach slices, apple slices, strawberries, blueberries, lemon and mint sprigs. Stir to combine and set in fridge for 4-8 hours. When ready to serve, pour into individual glasses and top with club soda. Serves 6 to 8.

 

More Recipes to Try

White Sangria with Strawberries and Elderflower

White Sangria with Strawberries and Elderflower

The Recipe

Add thinly sliced lime to a large pitcher or bowl and muddle with a wooden spoon. Add strawberries, wine, elderflower liqueur and stir to combine. When ready to serve, pour into individual glasses over ice and top with soda water (or lemon-lime soda for a sweeter option). Garnish with mint sprigs and edible flowers. Serves 5-6.

Grand Sangria Blanche

Grand Sangria Blanche

The Recipe

Add liqueur, wine and fruit to a large pitcher and stir gently until combined. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Stir once more before serving. Pour into a wine glass over ice and enjoy.

Chinola Sangria

Chinola Sangria

The Recipe

In a large pitcher or bowl with ice, combine wine, liqueur and fruit. Gently stir and store in fridge until read to serve. When ready to serve, add club soda and tonic water, stirring again to combine. Serves 16-20.

Rosé Berry Sangria

Rosé Berry Sangria

The Recipe

In a large pitcher, add rosé, brandy, liqueur, lemonade, strawberries, raspberries and lemon slices. Stir and let sit for 3-4 hours in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, pour into glass with ice and top with club soda. Garnish with lemon wheel and strawberries.

Pick up everything you need to build your perfect white summer sangria at your local ABC Fine Wine & Spirits or online at abcfws.com.

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