WHITE SANGRIA – a smooth fruity mixture of fruits, rum, and white wine perfect for hosting dinner parties and barbecues, this drink is the choice for anyone who wants to have fun!
Imagine a Friday night, you just got off work and tell yourself “Yas! It’s the freakin’ weekend!” So you decide to invite your friends over for a game night and some food pairing. Of course, you’d want to impress them with a funky drink.
We’ll you’re in luck because I had the same experience and I’m going to share with you my winning White Sangria recipe that gave me and my friends a fun alfresco party.
A grown-up drink that has bright and pretty colors you might mistake for something mild but if you drink too much, you’ll start to see all sorts of colors. As a word of caution: no matter how delicious things are, always take in moderation!
What Alcohol is White Sangria?
It’s a punch! As simple as that. Sangria is a concoction of chopped fruits, wine, and some other spirits or ingredients to taste. But according to EU (European Union) regulations, only Spain and Portugal can label their bottles as so. If you see a bottle of sangria in your local liquor store, it’s probably from these two countries.
The fruits often used in sangria are oranges, lemons, apples, and in some instances peaches. This is what makes it more than just your regular glass of alcoholic beverage.
The sweet taste of the fructose from the fruits complements the bitterness of the alcohol. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is the proportion of the tasty fruits and how it’s going to fit with your choice of wine.
Easy White Sangria Recipe
My contemporary take on this White Sangria recipe gives more highlight to the whole mixture rather than just the wine itself.
For the wine, I would highly recommend Pinot Grigio or a Sauvignon Blanc dry white wine. Moscato also works fine if you want it to be sweeter.
The fruits and berries I used are mangoes, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, lemon slices, and lime. These fruits already have a natural sweetness and acidity to them but because I want to serve this for a party (okay, it was more like me, hubby, and a close friend), I want to up the flavors a bit that’s why I added a bit of rum in this easy sangria recipe.
Because we want it to look and taste pretty, we’re going to prepare each ingredient in such a way that it would look good together. We’ll start by cutting the fruits.
For me, the perfect cut for this drink is the wedges/strips. The flavors easily come out of the slices while still looking pretty sweet.
Round orange slices are mixed in the concoction as well. This for an added burst of citrusy sweet flavor.
Lemon and Lime
You can hold up the pulp for this one. However, you can put round lemon slices and quarter cuts of lime for additional citric flavor and aesthetics.
You’re gonna want to extract all the good flavors of this ingredient for your drink. You can do this by first removing the leafy part of the strawberry, then you could either core it (using a straw to remove the hard part of the strawberry) or just cut it in quarters. Personally, I prefer the latter.
Raspberry and Blueberry
Unlike the strawberry, we just want to keep these ingredients as they are. You can actually use frozen berries which helps in cooling the whole drink faster when served chilled.
What Goes Best with White Sangria?
So you’re at your party and you already have your drink. What can you serve it with, you ask? We’ll here are some homemade bites you can pair it with:
Fried Shrimp – is a great starter for any fancy party, the natural flavor of the shrimp matches the sweet acidic flavors of the white sangria.
Tostones – are also great finger food for alfresco celebration. It’s like a fancier version of the fried shrimp.
Sweet Sticky Spicy Chicken – for a more casual dinner this dish will surely hit the sweet spot, especially when paired with this.
Beef Tenderloin Roast – if you’re planning for a more intimate night with your special someone, you might want to serve this Beef Tenderloin Roast.
What’s great about sangria is that it’s more of an art form than just a simple recipe. You can mix and match the fruits, berries, and wine in it. You can also add herbs to make it a little bit extra.
Here are some of my funky suggestions for your next white sangria recipe. Also, here is a fun fact. In other parts of the world, wine can be made straight from berries. It tastes stronger and sweeter so it’s a good liquor to add to your recipe.
Peach Kiwi Mint Sangria has a mild aromatic taste that you will surely love for casual fruity nights. The flavors blend so well that you might mistake this as non-alcoholic. You can also add some tarragon leaves to balance out the taste.
Up your liquor game with Mango Orange Basil in Moscato, a more mild but flavorful take on the classic concoction. These two fruits have almost the same sweetness level which makes it more fun to drink with the gentle flavor of the dry wine
A berry lovely mix would involve Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries and a dash of homemade vanilla extract to have a smooth sensation. You can also add a bit of strawberry or blueberry wine for color.
Using white wine instead of dry wine would give you a more alcoholic taste profile. You can use more tropical fruits to balance it out, then just add a stick of cinnamon for sweetness.
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How To Make White Sangria
Add desired fruits (mango, berries, sliced orange, lemon, and/or lime) to a pitcher. Pour in passion fruit juice, white wine, followed by rum, and simple syrup. Stir gently to combine, adjust with more juice or syrup. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.
- 1 mango , pitted and sliced
- 1 cup blueberry
- 1 small orange , sliced
- 1 medium lemon , sliced
- 1 medium lime , sliced
- 1 cup passion fruit juice , adjust to taste
- 1 bottle (750 milliliters) dry white wine , chilled
- ¼- ⅓ cup rum
- simple syrup , (homemade here) adjust to taste
- fresh mint leaves , for garnish
- Add desired fruits (mango, berries, sliced orange, lemon and/or lime) to a pitcher.
- Pour in passion fruit juice, white wine, followed by rum, and simple syrup.
- Stir gently to combine, adjust with more juice or syrup. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.
Tips & Notes:
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.