June 17, 2021
White sangria is a perfect summer cocktail. It’s crisp, refreshing, fruity and can be made as light or as boozy as you want. White sangria can be infused with any fruit or berries and even some herbs—so if you happen to have a bottle of white wine and, say, some apples floating around, you may already have all the ingredients.
Fruit and wine for your white sangria
If you love a citrusy kick, you can infuse your sangria with lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit slices. Some folks even prefer adding mint and/or basil, and a combination of pears and apples works just as well. But our personal favorite is this berry-heavy white sangria recipe, ’cause you can drink a lot of it!
Not sure what wine to use? Go with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Riesling. To learn what each white wine varietal can add to your sangria, check out our comprehensive white wine guide.
If you’re looking for a stronger drink, you can add a couple of shots of your favourite liqueur. Some classic options include brandy (try apple or pear brandy—you won’t regret it!), crème de cassis and vodka (flavored or unflavored). Some more creative recipes use peach schnapps or the Portuguese tart cherry liqueur, ginjinha. Basically, you may need to experiment all summer to finally find that one special recipe you’ll be wowing your guests with in the years to come. But before you develop your signature potion, you should master a classic white sangria recipe. Let us share an old faithful with you.
White sangria recipe
- Prep: 5 minutes
- Total: 10 minutes (plus a suggested steep time of 4 hours)
- Serving: Makes 4 glasses
- 1 bottle of wine (but you know 2 is better!)
- 1 lemon
- 1 or 2 oranges
- Sugar or simple syrup
- Start by washing the fruit and berries. Cut the citrus fruit and slice the strawberries in half.
- If you’re going with a need-to-serve-ASAP version, add ice to the pitcher. If you’re planning on letting your white sangria chill for a couple of hours (and get infused with all those delicious fruit juices), don’t add ice at this stage.
- Pour the wine into the pitcher.
- Add all your fruits and berries.
- Using a fork, crush the lemons and oranges to release the juice.
- Add a couple of pumps of simple syrup or a tablespoon of light brown sugar. Of course, you can add as much or as little sweetener as you like. If you’re using a sweeter wine, like Moscato or sweet Riesling, you’ll be able to get away with one pump of syrup or half a tablespoon of sugar.
- Mix your sangria.
- If you have time, put the pitcher in the fridge for 2–4 hours to get the fruitiest taste.
- Add a couple of ice cubes into each glass.
White sangria recipes with a twist
While this recipe is focused on the classic white sangria, that doesn’t mean you can’t invent your own recipe. You can even host a sangria mix-off. Here are some great twists for inspiration!
Mojito white sangria: As the name suggests, this recipe draws inspiration from another classic cocktail. Get a bottle of your favorite crisp white and add a generous amount of sliced limes and fresh mint leaves. Don’t forget the simple syrup or sugar and some ice. You can even add a little bit of white rum to it.
White peach sangria: Add chilled white wine, peach schnapps, sliced peaches and half a lemon to a pitcher. You can either slice or puree white peaches for this recipe. Add some sugar to taste, mix it well and let it chill. Just make sure to avoid overdoing the lemon—it can distract from the peach flavor.
Very berry white sangria: Get all of your favorite seasonal berries together and enjoy this sweet twist on a classic white sangria recipe. Use strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blackberries and blueberries. Add sugar and lemon slices, and then chill it for at least 2 hours. The berries will likely turn your sangria a lovely shade of pink.
Are you really into white wine this summer? Check out our white wine cocktails collection.