A Sparkling White Sangria Recipe

by Pamela

A Sparkling White Sangria Recipe

Is it hot enough outside for you? Got a get together coming up? Have I got the perfect recipe for you…white sangria.

I know a lot of people wonder how to make sangria. Well, it’s actually pretty easy especially during the summer months when fresh fruit is plentiful.

I prefer a red sangria when I’m having food, but for just a fun cheerful drink I prefer a white sangria. It’s lighter and easier drinking (which means you might want to pay attention to how many glasses you have – voice of experience talking).

Sparkling White Sangria

The first time I had a really good sangria I was in Madrid. It was a red sangria that paired exceptionally well with the ginormous pan of paella we scarfed down. The next time I had a memorable sangria was when I was in Barcelona last year. This time it was a white sangria and Craig and I both fell in love with it. In fact, we specifically went back to the same cafe to have more of their white sangria…it was just that good. I vowed that once the weather warmed up here, I’d make a pitcher for us and share the recipe with you.

White sangria is actually a little bit more than just a bottle of wine and some cut up fruit (not much more though). It also contains brandy or Cointreau and you can add some bubbles if you like. Many recipes will tell you to mix up your pitcher and let it sit overnight so that the fruit can really absorb the wine and the wine can absorb the fruit flavors, but that’s really not necessary. I make it both ways and usually just whip up the pitcher, let it get good and chilled then serve it.

Sparkling White Sangria

I make my sangria with sliced peaches, raspberries and blackberries. I think these fruits really give up their flavors and pair well with the wine. But you could use grapes, watermelon, white peaches, nectarines…you get the idea. I also blend mine with Cointreau to get a bit of that orange flavor mixed in there. Instead of adding bubbles with champagne, prosecco or seltzer water I make my white sangria with a Portuguese wine called vinho verde. It has a bit of effervescence all its own.

When it’s just Craig and I having a glass of sangria I just pour it into a glass and enjoy, just like we had it in Barcelona. If I’m serving it at a party, I pour the sangria over a glass of ice. This helps it stay colder longer and thins out the alcohol a bit.

A pitcher of sangria doesn’t have to cost you a lot to make either. Don’t use your $30 bottle of wine to make sangria. One of the other reasons why I use vinho verde is because it only costs between $6 and $8 for a bottle of it. You still want to use a bottle of wine you like to drink, when you make this, but don’t use the expensive stuff for this recipe.

So CHEERS! Here’s to a refreshing summer.

A Sparkling White Sangria Recipe
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Wine and fresh fruit combine to make this sparkling white sangria. There's nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a glass of sangria.
Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Spanish
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 750ml bottle vinho verde wine (or other light white wine of your choosing)
  • ½ cup Cointreau
  • 4 peaches, pitted and sliced
  • handful of raspberries
  • handful of blackberries
  1. Pour the wine into a pitcher followed by the Cointreau.
  2. Add the fruit to the pitcher and give everything a stir.
  3. Place into refrigerator for 2-4 hours (until it's well chilled).
  4. Pour over ice and serve.
You could also pour a little champagne, prosecco or seltzer water into each glass to give the sangria more sparkle if you like.



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