Crisp, refreshing, and made with an abundance of fresh fruit, this White Sangria recipe will be the hit of your next summer party—or tonight’s dinner on the patio.
Why You’ll Love This White Sangria Recipe
- It’s the Cocktail of the People. You don’t have to be an expert mixologist to whip up a pitcher of this white sangria—and you don’t need fancy shakers, strainers, and glasses either. Like my Champagne Punch and Rum Punch, sangria is easy.
- Fruity and Refreshing for a Hot Summer Day. If you like your adult beverages fruity (ahem: Strawberry Mojito, Peach Margarita), white sangria is the drink for you—but unlike a lot of other fruity boozy drinks, sangria is light and refreshing, not cloyingly sweet. It’s got balance!
- A Perfect Party Starter. Make sangria for a party, and everyone flocks to it. This white sangria is always the most popular beverage at any summer get-together. Make a pitcher ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about mixing drinks and cocktails while entertaining.
- Great for Any Occasion. You don’t have to throw a party to enjoy sangria, though! Fire up some Grilled Swordfish for dinner and enjoy it with a glass of sangria on the patio.
- Fabulously Versatile. With sangria, the possibilities are endless. Tweak my white sangria recipe to your tastes, or use it as a starting point to come up with your own boozy creation. I’ve even made a spooky red wine sangria for Halloween—my Halloween Sangria!
How to Make White Sangria
- Orange. Our trifecta of citrus starts with orange, which adds a touch of sweetness to the mix.
- Lemon. Lemon brings bright, tart flavor to the table.
- Lime. Lime adds tartness too, but also some depth and nuance.
- Peaches. If you can get your hands on fresh, ripe, juicy peaches, by all means, use them in this white wine sangria! When peaches aren’t in season, you don’t have time to wait for them to ripen, or you don’t feel like peeling them, use frozen.
- Berries. You can use sliced strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries—one of them, a few of them, or all of them. Fresh or frozen are fine here too.
- Granulated Sugar. This is an optional addition; taste the sangria and see if it needs more sweetness. Honey or agave can also be used.
- Peach Brandy. Peach brandy is a delight with the summery flavors of white sangria, but apple brandy works too. You can also use regular brandy, but it has a stronger flavor. Peach brandy is also a star in Peach Bellinis.
- Triple Sec, Amaretto, or Dark Spiced Rum. Use whatever liqueur you have on hand or prefer.
- Dry White Wine. To balance the sweetness of the fruit, choose a dry wine like Verdejo, Albarino, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc.
- Prosecco. For a hit of effervescence! You can use sparkling water, club soda, or lemon lime soda for a little less alcohol and lot more bubbles.
- Fresh or Frozen Berries. An optional garnish for serving with this white sangria recipe.
- Fresh Mint Leaves. Also optional, but if you’ve got some growing in your backyard, this is a great way to use it!
- Slice and Juice the Citrus. Add ’em to the pitcher.
- Add the Rest of the Fruit. Peaches and berries.
- Stir In the Liqueurs. If you’re using sugar, add it and make sure it dissolves.
- Add the White Wine. Stir one more time.
- Chill. For at least 4 hours or up to 1 day.
- Pour and Top. Serve the white sangria over ice, then top with a splash of Prosecco and garnish with berries and mint. ENJOY!
- To Store. Refrigerate white sangria and use it within 5 days. If your pitcher doesn’t have a lid, cover it with plastic wrap. As sangria sits, the flavors will change slightly, but it will still be tasty!
What to Serve with White Wine Sangria
- Apps and Finger Foods. We’re talking summery party food here! Garlic Butter Shrimp, Whipped Feta Crostini with fresh fruit, and all your go-to faves.
- Grilled Shrimp or Fish. Dry white wine pairs well with seafood, and since summer is grilling season, I especially love serving it with my Grilled Salmon and Shrimp Kabobs with Pineapple.
- Chicken. White meat is also a classic pairing with white wine. Serve white sangria with Grilled Chicken Breast or Chicken Kabobs.
- Salad. Crisp, refreshing sangria is ideal for serving with a crisp, refreshing salad like my Green Goddess Salad and Watermelon Salad.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Pitcher. A wide-mouthed glass pitcher is all you need for perfect presentation!
- Wooden Spoon. For giving your sangria a good stir. I like this set because it comes with three different sizes for all your stirring needs.
- Citrus Juicer. This citrus juicer is my go-to. It catches the seeds, so you don’t have to fish them out of the juice with a spoon.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Use the Best Fruit You Can Find. Lackluster fruit makes lackluster sangria, and this white sangria recipe is all about sweet, ripe summer fruit. It’s better to use frozen peaches and berries than fresh ones that are bland or past their prime.
- Let the Flavors Meld. This makes the difference between good sangria and great sangria. Only once you give your white sangria time to sit and chill will the fruit flavors diffuse into the wine mixture.
- Freeze the Fruit for Outdoor Serving. If it’s a hot day and you’re throwing an outdoor party, freeze the fruit (or use store-bought frozen fruit) for your sangria. This will keep it perfectly chilled without ice cubes watering it down.
- Make a Few Batches for a Party. This white sangria recipe goes fast, so make sure you have backup!
White Sangria Recipe
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 1 cup sliced peaches fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup berries fresh or frozen berries (sliced strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar optional
- 1/4 cup peach brandy or apple brandy or regular brandy (note regular brandy will have a stronger flavor)
- 1/4 cup triple sec or amaretto or dark spiced rum; all are delish, so use what you like/have
- 1 bottle dry white wine; such as Verdejo Albarino, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc
- Prosecco or sparkling water, for serving
- Ice for serving
- Fresh or frozen berries optional for serving
- Fresh mint leaves optional for serving
- Half the orange, lemon, and lime. Cut one of each half in half again so you have 2 quarters. Juice each quarter into a large pitcher. Add the remains of juiced fruit.
- Cut the remaining citrus halves into thin slices, then add the slices to the pitcher. Add the peaches and berries.
- Add the brandy, triple sec, and sugar (if using). With a wooden spoon, muddle to combine and dissolve the sugar.
- Pour in the wine and stir once more. Chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
- To serve, fill glasses with ice. Give the white sangria a stir, then pour it over ice. Top with a splash of Prosecco, stir gently once more, and garnish with berries and mint as desired.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The best white wine for a white sangria recipe is a dry, unoaked variety like Verdejo, Albarino, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc, which nicely complement the fruit flavors in white sangria.
Yes, making sangria the night before is ideal because it allows time for the flavors to meld and develop. The longer you let it sit, the better your white sangria will taste.
Sangria can be stronger than wine, depending on how much liqueur you add and whether you finish it with sparkling water or Prosecco.
You should use a good-ish wine for sangria—don’t spend too much, but don’t buy the cheapest bottle you can find either. The wine should taste good for drinking, but there’s so much going on with sangria, all the tasting notes and nuances of an expensive wine would be lost.
When sangria is cloudy, it’s a sign that the fruit is starting to break down and it’s beginning to spoil. In other words, cloudy sangria means it’s time to throw it out and mix up a new batch!