White wine Sangria is the unexpected hero when it comes to beating the summertime heat. Refreshing, fruity and requiring minimal effort to make, a batch of white Sangria can be the difference between a sweaty or a chill afternoon with all the delicious summer vibes.
The great thing about a white Sangria recipe is that it’s totally customisable. You can adjust the ingredients and how much you put in to make it your own unique drink. But there are some things you should remember before you go all in with the fruits.
We’ve done all the hard work figuring out the perfect fruit and alcohol combo – it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it – so why not give our easy white Sangria recipe a go?
What is Sangria?
A wine punch originating from Spain and Portugal, Sangria is traditionally made with red wine and chopped fruits such as apples and oranges. But Sangria can be made with white, sparkling or rosé wines and a vast array of fruits. Delicious served chilled, Sangria is an easy batch cocktail to whip up for any occasion.
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What wine should you use in white wine Sangria?
As the majority of a Sangria is wine, be sure to use a high-quality, drinkable wine such as Madame F.
Since you’ll be adding fruits and juice with plenty of natural sugars, you don’t want your wine to be too sweet. For a white wine Sangria, opt for a dry white wine, which means a white with a low sugar level and enough tannins that can make your mouth feel a little physically dry after a sip. Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs are the good options.
Fruity do’s and don’ts for white wine Sangria
When choosing fruit to add to your Sangria, a good idea is to always play with the tasting notes in the white wine you’ve picked. White wines tend to have a lot of white fruit flavours, like gooseberry and peach. For example, common tasting notes in a Chardonnay wine include sweet apple, lemon and pineapple, so you could consider adding some of these fruits.
Don’t forget about texture, too. Softer fruits like oranges and raspberries will help give the Sangria a thicker, more satisfying texture as they break down. Dense fruits, such as peaches and pears, provide the Sangria with body and soak in all those sweet, summery flavours.
Madame F’s white wine Sangria recipe
Our white Sangria recipe makes a batch that serves five.
For this delicious treat, you’ll need:
- 1 chilled bottle Madame F white wine.
- 4 shots of additional alcohol such as dry gin, vodka or orange liquor (optional).
- 250ml chilled apple juice.
- 85g of white caster sugar or 85ml of simple syrup.
- 1 lemon, sliced into rounds.
- 1 lime, sliced into rounds.
- Fresh or tinned pineapple chunks
- 1 large orange, chopped into wedges.
- Slices of fresh peaches.
- Fresh mint.
To make the drinker longer, skip adding the caster sugar and top up your pitcher with lemonade for some summer-approved bubbles.
The great thing about Sangria is that there are barely any measurements – only when it comes to the sugar and additional alcohol. The rest you can measure by sight, and if you feel like you need another lemon or an extra dash of juice, go right ahead. The best Sangria is the one that tastes exactly as unique as you are.
This Mediterranean-inspired white wine Sangria has the most straightforward method, meaning making another batch or two on demand couldn’t be simpler.
- Gather all your ingredients. Wash and prepare the fruits.
- Squeeze the juice from your orange wedges into your pitcher and scoop out any escaped seeds. Throw in the squished wedges alongside the other sliced fruits.
- Pour your chilled Madame F white wine, apple juice and the shots of the alcohol, if using, into the pitcher.
- Add your caster sugar or simple syrup and stir well – you want to ensure all the sugar is dissolved.
- Lightly crush the fresh mint in your hand to release its flavour and add to your fruity mix.
How easy is that?
How do I serve white wine Sangria?
While Sangria is a wine cocktail, you don’t have to serve it in a wine glass. Consider some hurricane glasses, which offer a little more room for the fruit and exude extra summer vibes.
Sangria is a batch cocktail that can be made in advance, meaning you can make it ahead of time and just pop it in the fridge until your guests arrive.
What foods can you eat with white wine Sangria?
Because of its delicate and fruity flavours, white wine Sangria pairs perfectly with lighter dishes such as grilled white meats, seafood, veggies and cheese. For the ultimate spread to share with friends, think prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, cheese boards, seafood skewers, chicken empanadas, and nachos and guac.
If you fancy something a little more sweet and exciting, try our Frosé recipe.