This fabulous white wine sangria recipe is so pretty and full of amazing fall flavor!
This white wine sangria cocktail is easy to make in a large batch to serve all of your guests during your upcoming fall or winter holiday parties. The simple recipe that can even be made up to a week ahead of time which saves you some of the frantic last-minute details entertaining friends and family can often bring on.
You may even want to take advantage of this and make enough white sangria for yourself to enjoy during the interim of working through the rest of your holiday party planning (wink, wink).
Bring on the festive atmosphere! This cocktail is chocked full of wonderful fall and winter colors and flavors including gorgeous apples, pears, white wine, and pomegranate seeds. It’s all stuffed into a fancy glass with happy, effervescent bubbles dancing around like bells on a slay ride.
It’s as elegant as it is easy to make. You are going to want to make sure this is served at your next holiday season gathering!
Traditional Sangria is made with red wine and originated in Spain. According to Wikipedia the term “sangria” actually means “bloodletting”. We can only assume this was in reference to its overall color since those details are not included. Our white wine sangria is a little outside of the box, but hey, this is the Adventurebite, and we like it like that!
Besides, white is the color of snow and Santa’s fur-lined cap. And if this isn’t good enough, imagine that all that soaking fruit is going to let its own blood to the mix. And that’s a fact! The white wine is simply a blank slate for the soft hues of color each fruit is going to add to the party.
How do you make a white wine sangria?
Start with your favorite choice of white wine, or just use the white whine you already have on hand. Add your brandy and mix well.
Then add your favorite fruits to the mix. This is the most labor-intensive part because depending on your choices, you will need to do a little chopping, peeling, or slicing in this step. We recommend waiting to swig the last of the alcohol before handling any knives. It’s not necessary to actually perform any bloodletting of your own. You don’t have to follow our recipe exactly here. Ideal fruit choices are oranges, apples, strawberries, grapes, peaches, lemons, and limes. Add the honey next. Then allow the mixture to chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to an hour. If you have the time, overnight is best to allow the flavors to infuse into each other. The longer you can let it sit, the more complex your sangria’s flavors will be. Remember to add the bubbles just before you bring it out to your guests for maximum effervescence.
When it is time to serve, add some fruit to each glass and pour in the chilled white wine sangria mix. Then top it off with a mint garnish.
Which white wine is best for sangria?
White wine sangria can be made with any of your favorite white wines, but we think it’s best with the dry and more acidic wine varieties. Don’t spend a fortune on wine either. When you are mixing a bunch of other fruit flavors in, nobody will be able to tell. Just look for a reasonably priced Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Albarino, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, or Pinot Grigio.
Maybe you would prefer a Moscato, which is sweeter generally and can complement the other fruit flavors in the cocktail. Whatever you do, don’t sweat it. Save yourself a trip to the store and use the white wine you already have on the shelf at home!
What is white sangria made of?
Here are the simple facts. This delicious holiday beverage is made up of white wine and brandy with the addition of a cornucopia of festive, seasonal fruits. It all gets left overnight together in order to allow each tantalizing ingredient to impart its magic to the menagerie of flavors. Finally, just before serving, top off this wonderful drink with sparkling soda or champagne. You want to save this step for last because carbonation dissipates over time and your charming bubbles will go flat if you add them too early. If you don’t see the bubbles you wanted, again, don’t sweat it. After a few glasses, nobody is looking that close anyway.
How far in advance can you make sangria?
If you are making this easy white wine sangria for a crowd, you can start the day before, but you can even mix everything but the sparkling wine or club soda as much as a week before your event. Give yourself at least two hours for a large batch of cocktail mixes. This probably includes a half hour or so for all the flavors to meld together, unless you have to take it slow because you didn’t listen to our sage advice about mixing alcohol and knives together. Don’t forget to add the sparkling wine or club soda just before serving.
White Wine Sangria Recipe
- 1 bottle white wine
- 2 ounces brandy
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 red apple, diced
- 1 fuji apple, diced
- 1 green pear, diced
- ½ cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne or ginger ale, club soda, prosecco or ginger ale
- In a large pitcher pour one in white wine and brandy.
- Add honey and stir until mixed.
- Add apples, pears, and pomegranate seeds.(or any fruit of your choice)
- Allow mixture to chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to overnight.
- Add ginger ale, champagne, prosecco, sparkling wine or club soda.
- Pour into glasses add mint as a garnish and sere. Enjoy!
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