White Wine Sangria

white wine sangria

White wine sangria is a delicious light punch that is perfect for a summer's afternoon. Made with your favorite white wine and delicious seasonal fruits, it is a refreshing and enjoyable beverage. Keep in mind that this punch is not only enjoyable in the summer, but year round as well.

Spanish Wine Punch

Sangria means bleeding in Spanish. It is derived from the word sangre or blood. This is because most sangria is made with red wine and is a deep ruby red color. A traditional sangria contains red wine, lemon or orange fruit juices with their slices, brandy, sugar, and some spritzy soda water.

Simple Sangria Recipe

Just because a red claret or Bordeaux is the traditional wine base for sangria doesn't mean a person has to stick to tradition. With sangria, just about anything goes. White wine sangria foregoes the usual red Rioja, Merlot, Zinfandel, or Syrah and instead makes use of white wine.

Basic White Wine Sangria Recipe

In a large pitcher or bowl, blend the following ingredients:

  • One bottle of white wine
  • Two to three shots of brandy
  • One to two tablespoons of sugar
  • Juice of one to two oranges
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Two cups (16 oz.) of soda water (or ginger ale if you like)
  • One cinnamon stick (optional)

Mix all of the ingredients except for the soda water and stir to dissolve the sugar. Taste for balance. Refrigerate overnight if possible to let the flavors come together. Just before serving, add the soda water.

Off the Beaten Sangria Path

It is difficult to make a mistake when making sangria. You can experiment with the basic recipe by trying different wines or fruits.

Wines and Spirits

There are a number of different whites you can try when you're mixing up this punch. For instance, try a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, a Riesling from Alsace, a Pinot Gris from Oregon, an unoaked Chardonnay from Australia, or an Orvieto from Italy. You could also take it to the next level by using something just a little bit effervescent such as a sparkling Cava from Spain or any other sparkling wine that can liven up this party punch. If you use a sparkling wine, cut back on the soda water unless you're looking for a really bubbly sangria.

As for the spirits, almost anything will work. It is best to avoid any aromatic spirit such as gin. Orange-based liquers such as Grand Marnier or Triple Sec will add a nice dimension to your punch. Another tack is to use a fruit-flavored brandy or schnapps like a peach brandy, amaretto, kirsch, or cassis. You can also add Sherry as a substitute, with a Manzanilla or a Fino blending in nicely.

Fruit

Citrus fruit like oranges, lemons, and limes add zest and tangy acid for balance in the punch. You can also consider some other fruits such as:

  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Melon
  • Pineapple

Sangria Recipe Variations

Some seasonal sangria recipes to try include:

Refreshing Summer Sangria

  • One bottle white wine
  • Half cup of each: cubed watermelon, cubed honeydew, sliced strawberries and raspberries
  • Half cup of ginger ale

Combine the wine, watermelon, honeydew, strawberries, and raspberries in a large pitcher. Chill in refrigerator at least one hour. Before serving add ginger ale and enjoy.

Winter Sangria

  • One bottle dry white wine
  • One fourth cup brandy
  • One fourth cup white sugar
  • Ice cubes
  • Half of each lime, lemon, green apple all thinly sliced
  • One cup green grapes cut in half
  • One cup club soda

Combine white wine, brandy, and sugar in a large pitcher. Gradually stir in ice and then add fruit. Before serving, add club soda.

More Sangria Options

Food Network features sangria recipes from some of its television stars. Expect to find recipes from Rachel Ray, Emeril and Brian Boitano. Brian Boitano's White Wine Sangria Recipe is:

  • One bottle Spanish white wine
  • One fourth cup super fine sugar
  • One thinly sliced lime
  • One thinly sliced lemon
  • One cored and thinly sliced Granny Smith apple
  • One and a half cups seedless green grapes sliced in half
  • One cup apple juice
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Pinch salt
  • One 12-ounce can seltzer water
  • Ice cubes

Combine the wine and sugar in a large pitcher stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the seltzer and mix well. Refrigerate for at least one hour and add the seltzer and ice cubes before serving.

In addition to Food Network, some other online sites to find sangria recipes include:

  • Epicurius features recipes such as the Peach White Wine Sangria and many others.
  • Cooks.com offers a wide assortment of recipes such as Blond Sangria and Sangria Blanca.

Create Your Own Version

With these basics in mind, it's really easy to change a traditional sangria recipe to a sangria made with white wine. Experiment by adding in your favorite fruits and liquors until you make a concoction that you will enjoy.

White Wine Sangria