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Last Updated on July 10, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
If you are looking for a sweet, summer cocktail, try this white wine sangria recipe with fresh herbs. Using white wine makes homemade sangria a little lighter and fruitier, which is perfect for hot summer days.
Fruity Sangria Is Perfect for Summer!
Nothing quite says summer like fresh fruit and herbs. Here in Georgia, the weather is HOT and I spent the weekend gardening, weeding, and cleaning the patio. Needless to say, today I am definitely feeling a bit sore and am just going to relax!
White wine sangria is a quick and easy summer cocktail recipe to enjoy on a hot summer day. The sweetness of the fresh fruit paired with the earthiness of the herbs combines into one very enjoyable cocktail. You can make up a whole pitcher at one time which makes inviting company over very easy.
If you are looking for a white wine sangria recipe, this one was delicious! I am going to give you a few tips about choosing the best wine and fruits so you can make it yourself.
What do you need to make sangria at home?
If you are planning on having company over this summer and need to invest in some attractive barware, Check out my post on basic bar essentials, however if it's just YOU, a pitcher, stirring utensil and glass will work. And, of course, somewhere to chop up all that fruit.
Basic white wine sangria ingredients
- Fresh fruit (about 4 cups or so)
- White wine of choice
- Brandy or Triple Sec
- Agave nectar (optional) for added sweetness
- Fresh herbs to balance the sweetness of the fruit (also optional but adds a nice depth of flavor)
What is a good white wine for sangria?
There is no best wine for sangria so choosing the right wine isn't really that hard Honestly, it all depends on your personal tastes. If you are looking for a really sweet summer sangria, go with a Moscoto. A sweet Reisling would also be a good choice.
If you prefer a sangria recipe that is a bit more on the dry side, use a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. Since you are adding fruit, triple sec, etc to it, don't choose a really expensive bottle of wine. You don't want CHEAP wine, but don't go broke on it, either.
What herbs should you use for this white sangria recipe?
This White Wine Sangria Recipe with Fresh Herbs is very flexible, depending on the fruits and herbs you have available to you. I thought the addition of basil sounded intriguing but you could stick to the classic mint flavor if that is more your style.
A sprig of fresh rosemary makes a beautiful stirring stick. It is incredibly aromatic as well as looking pretty!
How to sweeten sangria
If you prefer a sweeter sangria, you can use a number of things to it ranging from agave nectar or honey to a a simple sugar syrup. Another option is to flavor your simple syrup with mint or make homemade ginger syrup.
Of course, the wine you choose will also make a big difference in how sweet your white sangria will be. While you COULD add a zero calorie sweetener to cut calories in your drink, I tend to avoid them when possible. Check out Food and Wine for an easy simple syrup recipe.
How to Serve Herb Infused Sangrias
Reserve a bit of fresh fruit to put in the drink right before you serve it. Add a sliver of fresh fruit to the rim, a twist of lime or lemon zest, or a sprig of fresh rosemary. You can also top with a tiny cutting of basil or mint.
If you are serving in a casual setting, serve in something simple like stemless wine glasses. Or, for a more elegant look serve it in something with a longer stem. Check out this Sangria glass and pitcher set on Amazon.
White Wine Sangria Recipe With Triple Sec and Fresh Herbs
Light and refreshing, this summer sangria recipe is infused with fresh herbs and plenty of tropical fruit. This white Sangria is made with white wine, triple sec, fresh fruit and savory herbs.
- 1 small pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped. About 2 cups
- 2 mangos, peeled and chopped
- 1 Asian pear, peeled and chopped
- 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- juice of one lemon
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves plus more for garnish
- ¼ cup Triple Sec
- 1 bottle dry white wine
- Place chopped fruit (about 4 cups total) and basil in a glass bowl and pour Triple Sec over it.
- Gently bruise the fruit with a wooden spoon or muddler. You don't want it smashed, just lightly bruised to release flavor
- Let sit 15 minutes
- Into a large glass pitcher, place the fruit/Triple Sec mixture, the lemon juice and the white wine.
- Chill several hours to blend flavors
- To serve, place crushed ice in a glass and top with Sangria. Add additional fresh fruit and basil if desired and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 26gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information not always accurate
If you like this white wine sangria recipe, you might also enjoy this Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz!
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.