Winter White Sangria
An easy white sangria recipe made with white wine and citrus in the fall and winter, or peach in the summer. This recipe is for our 21 and over readers, but don’t worry, we’ll have a mocktail coming up very soon.
This week I was asked to bring a drink to a holiday ladies’ luncheon, and this white sangria recipe was such a hit. It was inspired by the white sangria at one of our favorite local Spanish restaurants, Cava.
Homemade sangria is so easy, beautiful and festive. I learned to make a red version, which I’ll have to share soon, in a Spanish cooking class a few years ago. This citrus white sangria recipe is a bit like the Spanish version of our classic Italian Aperol Spritz. Other must-try citrusy cocktails include my favorite Greyhound, Limoncello Spritzer, and Skinny Blood Orange Margarita recipes.
How to Make White Sangria
Prepare the Fruit
For this winter sangria recipe I used the fruit that was growing in my backyard: oranges, blood oranges, limes, and grapefruit. Apples would also be great here in the fall and winter. In the summer, swap out the citrus for sliced peaches and berries.
Mix the Sangria
Add the fruit to a pitcher and top with the non-sparkling liquids.
- orange juice
- orange liqueur (Cointreau or Patron Citrónge) – sub peach in the summer
Let that all mingle for a few hours in the refrigerator, or serve right away. Just before serving add any sparkling ingredients such as club soda or sparkling wine.
Best White Wine for Sangria
- Garnacha Blanca
- Other Dry Spanish White Wine
- Pinot Grigio (not traditional, but tasty)
- Vinho Verde (an effervescent lower alcohol Portuguese wine)
How to Serve Sangria
- Serve in glasses filled with plenty of ice and top off with club soda, or Cava (Spanish sparkling wine).
- A Spanish cheese/charcuterie platter or empanadas for nibbling.
- Black Bean Tamales for dinner!
- Don’t forget the Fresh Salsa & Best Guacamole.
- 1 orange
- 1 blood orange (if in season)
- 1 lime
- 1 red grapefruit
- 1 (750 ml.) bottle dry Spanish white wine such as Garnacha Blanca
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained (no pulp)
- 1/2 cup orange (or peach) liqueur (Cointreau or Patron recommended)
- 1/2 cup club soda
- 1 cup fresh cranberries or pomegranate arils, for garnish
- fresh rosemary sprigs sprigs, for garnish
- Slice the orange, blood orange, lime, and grapefruit crosswise into 1/4" slices. Add to a pitcher or other serving container.
- Pour the wine, orange juice and orange liqueur over the fruit. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Stir in club soda and serve over ice. Garnish with cranberries and a sprig of rosemary.
- In the summer, swap the citrus for sliced peaches and/or strawberries, use peach liqueur instead of orange, and garnish with basil.
- Feel free to double this recipe for a larger crowd.
- Use more club soda to dilute to taste, but don't add until the last minute or it will go flat.
- Sangria often calls for 1/2 cup brandy, though I prefer this without.
- Pinto Grigio works well in this recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 3mg Carbohydrates: 19g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g