Will that be red or white?
Sangria is a popular alcoholic drink with a long and interesting history dating as far back as the Middle Ages. Back in those dark times it was considered safer to drink wine mixed with spices and herbs than water – imagine that!
Sangria is traditionally made with red wine, but a white wine alternative is considered more refreshing and popular in warmer and tropical regions or during summer months.
This is an easy to make cocktail and it contains all your decadent and favourite fruits, but before we get into how to make white sangria, let’s first talk about ingredients.
Ingredients galore – and why not?
The most important secret in making white sangria, is making it ahead of time, as it gets better the longer it sits in its pitcher, preferably in the freezer. A well-chilled and saturated sangria is sweeter and has more flavour.
As your thirsty house guests gulp down glasses full of their favourite beverage, they will sing your praises and you won’t even remember the extra effort!
A tasty and refreshing sangria calls for 5 things: fruit, wine, liqueur (not essential but highly advisable!) and something fizzy or bubbly – simple really.
But let’s just briefly discuss each of the ingredients in a bit more detail:
- Pick your favourite dry white wine, for example Pinot Grigio, Moscato, or Sauvignon Blanc.
- A liqueur isn’t a requirement but highly advised. Select an orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau. You can also consider a brandy as a nice addition.
- Pick all of your favourite fruits like apples, peaches, berries, strawberries, mangoes and grapes.
- Add a little sweetener to help balance the entire mix. The basic recipe includes sugar, but you can use honey or a fruit juice.
- End it all with a bubbly drink such as a seltzer, club soda, ginger ale or Sprite. Feel free to experiment with a number of fizzy options.
How to make white Sangria
You will need the following specific ingredients for this recipe:
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 mango, cubed
- 1 peach, sliced
- ¼ cup Granulated sugar
- ¼ cup Grand Marnier
- 1 apple, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 (750-ml.) bottle dry white wine, chilled
- 1 cup seltzer
In a medium bowl, combine strawberries, mango, peach, sugar, and Grand Marnier. Refrigerate for 1 hour. To a large pitcher, add the refrigerated fruit and apple, orange, and lime slices. Pour in white wine and seltzer, and stir to combine. Serve well chilled.
Non-drinkers can also have fun!
Ponche de Sangria is a creative variation for non-drinkers and can even be enjoyed by children at birthday parties.
Oranges, peaches, and other sugary fruits are combined with berries, grapes and a soft drink typically replaces the wine. Olé!