White sangria

The fruit is so good for you

A bit lighter and more summery than its ruby cousin, white sangria is easy to make and drink. Feel free to use whatever fruits you please. (If peaches were in season, we’d throw in some of those.) We like letting the hardier fruits soak in the wine and adding the softer ones just before serving.

White sangria

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) muscato or sweet riesling
  • 1/2 cup bourbon or cognac
  • 1/4 Cointreau or triple sec
  • juice from one orange
  • 12 ounces sparkling water
  • 1 pear
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1-2 kiwis
  • half a mango or about 1/2 cup pineapple chunks

Chop apple and pear into bite-sized pieces. Slice orange. Place fruit in the bottom of a pitcher and pour in wine and liquor. Let chill overnight or at least eight hours. When ready to serve add juice and any softer fruit such as kiwi, mango or pineapple. Pour in sparkling water and serve.

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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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64 Responses to White sangria

  1. JamieAnne says:

    Awesome! What a great recipe. Thanks for posting it.

  2. ChefMom says:

    The presentation is gorgeous! I’m not a big fan of red sangria, but this looks like something I would love to try – especially with a sweet riesling in this version. This might be my memorial day drink on our new patio furniture (if it gets here in time!). ;)

  3. joshuafagans says:

    Something so good about sangria. Especially when you spike it with some cognac. Thanks for the post!

  4. you know it’s summer when the pitcher of sangria comes out! yet another reason why i love summer.

  5. If I could eat all five servings of fruit a day like this, then I’d be so healthy! Looks delicious and refreshing.

  6. NJC says:

    This is so simple. Sangria is one of the few non beer or whiskey drinks I like. Looks great.

  7. That looks really refreshing. I haven’t had sangria in a long time.

  8. This is much more my thing than the “regular” sangria. And with all that fruit, it should almost be obligatory for breakfast…hic!!

  9. Beautifully photographed – so pretty and a great recipe too for a white sangria. Such a pity we are going to winter soon. :-) Mandy

  10. This looks really good, considering red wine gives me hayfever I will definitely be trying this when Summer comes along. Love the fruit too, you’re right, it is good for you!

  11. This looks amazing! I’m going to have the add this to my list of things to try this summer when friends visit!

  12. Perfect way to start the summer :)

  13. I can’t wait for Memorial Day! You’ve done all the idea work. Thank you.

  14. That looks so refreshing for a hot summer day! My husband would love that too! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Linda says:

    Absolutely perfect! Sangria was just what I had in mind for Memorial Day! In fact, I linked you to my post! Thanks for yet another great recipe!

  17. The picture is so pretty! I try this recipe out for my girls night out next week. I like the fruit combinations you made. Now I’m thirsty! Ha, lol!

  18. TasteFood says:

    I prefer white to red sangria. I love all the extras you add to this recipe – it’s *almost* a meal in a glass!

  19. Andrea says:

    This has ME written all over it! Can’t wait to try it this weekend!

  20. Carol Murphy says:

    Oh really stop teasing with booze porn!

  21. onewomaninaricefield says:

    I just moved to Tucson 6 days ago and it’s 88 freakin’ degrees in my house. THIS LOOKS SO GOOD RIGHT NOW! But my boyfriend just left yesterday to go back to work in Alaska for the summer and I don’t know anyone since I JUST moved here. Can I really justify making and drinking this entire pitcher MYSELF?

    Hmmmm…I think I can.

  22. Caroline says:

    Gorgeous picture, Greg! I’m a bigger fan of red wine sangria, but this looks very tempting. Your photo caption is too funny–at least the drink is somewhat nutritious? :)

  23. ChgoJohn says:

    I’m a fan of fruit in white wine but never thought to go all out and make a sangria. This looks and sounds delicious. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  24. jaclynnchan says:

    Whoa! It’s like you read my mind! We’ve been looking for a white sangria recipe to make for my new sister in-law’s bachelorette party! Thanks!

  25. You know I don’t drink LOL.. but since I used one of your cocktail recipes to entertain friends (and they loved it), I will make any cocktail you write LOL. I have to show this to my mother who loves sangria even though she don’t need it LOL.

  26. Love the serving pitcher! I think this needs to go on our weekend cookout menu. Thank you for being so creative and sharing that creativity with all of us. :)

  27. lisamichele says:

    Even though I’m only an occasional drinker, as in wine tasting, or ‘I’m nervous, I need some liquid courage’..I always prefer white to red, and this sangria is one I’d be sipping and scarfing the fruit from all night. I’d also be blitzed (total lightweight), so you better call me a cab lol It looks gorgeous, Rufus, and all I can think now, is..rooftop party this summer, with that sangria!

  28. Pat says:

    My goodness, what a gorgeous picture. Do you have suggestions to make this without since I don’t drink? Would love to make a pitcher or two of this for my family reunion!

  29. Yuri says:

    I love Sangria! Perfect summer drink, here on this island is summer all year so I have it at least once a week but have never made my own. My friend serves red/white and rose sangrias at his restaurants, but only adds diced apples and strawberries. I like the orange slices, they make it prettier :)

  30. Looks fantastic, refreshing, and summery!

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  32. G-LO says:

    Yo Rufus!

    Gotta love a good Sangria recipe! The beauty of it is that there really are no rules and that it can vary by season based upon what’s available. Well done!

    G-LO

  33. Sangria is lethal! It’s all the fruit masking the alcohol and making you drink more than you should! That’s why I love it, and it’s feria here this weekend so I have the perfect excuse to dig out my big glass jug!

  34. PhobicFoodie says:

    This. Looks. Awesome! I can’t wait to try it!

  35. This picture is beautiful! Easily one of my favourites from your blog :)

  36. lafemme says:

    I have been looking for a great Sangria recipe for this weekend, and I think this one will do the trick. I wish peaches were in season! Maybe I will try it later this summer as well when peaches are here and compare the two… love your site!

  37. ericascime says:

    I am a red sangria devotee but this looks delicious! I saw a similar one made on the Food Network last night. I should make one for the next BBQ!

  38. rsmacaalay says:

    Look at those fruits, I feel its summer now even if its autumn here.

  39. Sara says:

    This looks wonderful. Sangria is so often got SO wrong, but so easy to get right. Why?

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  41. Will says:

    Made this for a BBQ last night and I got compliments from everyone. Damn good and simple recipe. Glad you didn’t add sugar like a lot of sangria recipes call for. All the fruit and the fact I used Riesling made it perfectly sweet. Thanks!

  42. I love Sangria, this recipe looks spot on can’t wait to try it.
    This reminds me of when I was in my wine and spirits class. Some of my class mates would bring there own homemade wines, beers and other concoctions for the class to try.

  43. Love the photograph… did you take it? Awesome recipe!!

  44. Looks so good, I love Sangria!

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  49. Looks so good! Can’t for some warm weather here in MI so I can make a pitcher, sit out back and watch the world go by!!

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