White Sangria and Virgin Sangria

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The Tastiest and easiest white Sangria and Virgin Sangria Ever- this recipe is bound to be your summer entertaining favorite! It is always the first thing to go at our parties!

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Best White Sangria and Virgin Sangria

With summer coming up, I have been dying to re-share one of my favorite drink recipes ever- my super-simple White Sangria and Virgin Sangria. It is quick, delicious, and SO good- and it is always a massive hit! We always run out of this drink quickly- and people always ask me the recipe. It is bound to be one of your favorite go-to party drinks!

Today I am going to share the secret to perfect parties…. with the Tastiest and Easiest White Sangria & Virgin Sangria… ever!! Pull up a glass, pour the goods, and sip away my friends- because this recipe is bound to become one of your new favorites.

The thing I love most about this drink is that you can completely adapt it to what you have on hand. Have some leftover sodas or juices? Toss ’em in! Have some fruit you need to get rid of? Toss it in! Want to change it up and try a different flavor? No problem- just check out the recipe below. I’ve outlined a bunch of flavors to get you going!

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Tips and Tricks for Making Sangria

Choose the Right White Wine: Opt for a dry, crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or a Spanish Albariño to form a refreshing base that complements the fruit without overpowering it.

Sweeten Wisely: Instead of granulated sugar, consider using honey, agave nectar, or simple syrup, which blend more easily into the sangria. Adjust the sweetness to your preference, keeping in mind the natural sweetness of the fruit you’ll be adding.

Use Fresh, Seasonal Fruits: Sangria is best with fresh, seasonal fruits. Think beyond citrus to include peaches, nectarines, strawberries, or raspberries for a vibrant mix of flavors and colors.

Add a Spark: Incorporate a splash of soda water, ginger ale, or even sparkling wine right before serving to add a refreshing fizz to your sangria without diluting the flavors.

Let It Marinate: Allow your sangria to sit in the refrigerator for at least a few hours, or overnight, to let the flavors meld together. The fruit will also soak up the wine, becoming deliciously boozy treats on their own.

Spice It Up: Consider adding a cinnamon stick or a sprig of fresh herbs like mint, basil, or rosemary to your sangria for an unexpected flavor twist that complements the fruit and wine beautifully.

Serve Properly Chilled: Serve your sangria well chilled. You can add ice directly to the pitcher or serve it over ice in glasses. To avoid diluting the sangria, consider freezing some of the wine or juice in ice cube trays ahead of time and use those cubes in your pitcher.

Get Creative with Fruit Garnishes: Use fruit slices or skewers as garnishes for each glass, not only for a beautiful presentation but also to allow guests to enjoy the boozy fruits.

Don’t Forget the Brandy: A traditional addition to sangria, a splash of brandy, can add depth and complexity to the flavor. For a lighter variation, you might try flavored liqueurs such as orange liqueur or elderflower liqueur.

Balance Is Key: When mixing your sangria, aim for a balance between the wine, the sweetness, the acidity from the fruit, and any spirits or sparkling components you add. Taste as you go and adjust according to your preference.

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what to Enjoy with Sangria

Foods

  1. Tapas: Small Spanish appetizers like olives, almonds, manchego cheese, and chorizo slices are classic and easy to share.
  2. Seafood Dishes: Grilled shrimp, calamari, or a light seafood paella pair wonderfully with the fruity notes of sangria.
  3. Charcuterie Boards: A selection of cured meats, cheeses, and fruit offers a variety of flavors that complement the complexity of sangria.
  4. Fresh Salads: A crisp, green salad with vinaigrette dressing or a fruit salad can refresh the palate between sips of sangria.
  5. Grilled Vegetables: The smoky flavor of grilled vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, and eggplant pairs nicely with the fruity, refreshing taste of sangria.
  6. Spicy Foods: The sweetness of sangria can help balance the heat of spicy dishes, making it a great companion to foods with a kick.

Activities

  1. Picnics: Sangria is perfect for outdoor dining; its refreshing quality enhances the enjoyment of simple picnic fare.
  2. Beach Days: A chilled pitcher of sangria can be a delightful treat by the water, capturing the essence of summer.
  3. Backyard BBQs: The casual, communal nature of BBQs matches well with the shareable aspect of sangria.
  4. Book Clubs: A glass of sangria can loosen tongues and make for lively book discussions.
  5. Movie Nights: Choose a Spanish film and theme the night with sangria and tapas for a culturally immersive experience.
  6. Sunset Watching: Enjoy sangria as a sophisticated yet simple drink to sip while watching the sunset, enhancing the moment’s beauty.

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White Sangria and Virgin Sangria

White Sangria is a refreshing beverage made with white wine and fresh fruits, while Virgin Sangria offers a similar fruity experience but is non-alcoholic, made with juices and sparkling water. Perfect for parties!
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas sangria recipe, cirtus cocktail, citrus sangria, easy sangria, sangria
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 gallon
Calories 330kcal
Author Courtney ODell
Cost $12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup citrus of some kind oranges, lemons, limes, sliced into rounds with peels ON and seeds popped out. peaches, grapes, cherries (pitted) or other fruit on hand sliced thin, peel on
  • 4 tbsp berries strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
  • 1 cup apples
  • 5 cups ice
  • 1 bottle Moscato white table wine, or white zin, apple cider for non alcoholic version.
  • 1 bottle sparkling white wine or ginger ale, tonic if you'd like the less-alcoholic version
  • 3 oz peach schnapps
  • ½ cup fresh mint

Instructions

  • Thoroughly wash all fruit and slice thin. Leave peels on for color and their delicious flavor!
  • Pour in wine or juice and stir. Slowly pour in sparkling drink (champagne, soda or cider), peach schnapps (for the adult version), and any additional herbs you’d like to add.
  • Refrigerate, covered, for at least 3 hours.
  • Serve over ice and enjoy!!

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 1051IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 1mg

About Courtney

Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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  1. Katherine says:

    5 stars
    Yum!