Red, White, and Blue White Wine Sangria

By: Cassy Joy Garcia

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White wine sangria is the perfect festive drink for all of your summer get-togethers! This drink is great to make in advance so you don't have to play bartender all night.

Pitcher of sangria.

It's officially pitcher cocktail season! That's a thing right? Frosty pitchers of make-ahead cocktails really lend themselves well to the warm summer months. They are the perfect accompaniment to BBQs, trips to the beach, or laying by the pool. The queen of the pitcher cocktail, in my opinion at least, is sangria! Sangria is made with red or white wine, fresh fruit, fruit juice, and usually liquor of some type. These ingredients come together to make a lightly sweet, super refreshing beverage.

What type of wine should I use for white sangria?

After testing many options, our wine of choice for most white sangrias is an off-dry (aka slightly sweet) riesling. We find that the wine brings just enough sweetness to the sangria that you don't need to add additional sweetener. However, if you like a less-sweet cocktail, or want to control the sugar content yourself, you can use a dry pinot grigio. If you tend toward the sweeter end of the spectrum, we say go for a moscato. This sangria would also be fantastic with prosecco!

What type of fruit is best for white sangria?

You can really use any seasonal fruit in a white sangria with good results, but here we wanted to do a play on red, white, and blue for the upcoming Memorial Day and 4th of July holidays. We chose strawberries and blueberries for this purpose. 

Citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, or limes would also be great in this sangria, as well as seasonal raspberries or blackberries.

Glass of sangria with berries.

How do you make white sangria?

Making white sangria is truly SO easy. The real key to a great sangria is to let it sit for a while. When the sangria sits for a while, it pulls the juices out of the fruit, which is what truly turns it into a delicious drink. To make white sangria, you just need to follow a few simple steps:

  1. First things first, add your wine, tequila, and lime juice to the pitcher.
  2. Next, you'll add in your fruits of choice.
  3. Now all you have to do is refrigerate the sangria before serving it. We prefer overnight for maximum flavor, but if you've only got a few hours to chill it that will work, too!
  4. Once you're ready to serve, pour it over ice, top it with sparkling water and enjoy!

More Sangria Recipes:

Frozen White Citrus Sangria

Pineapple Sangria

Sparkling Peach Sangria

Witches' Brew Black Sangria

Apple Cider Bourbon Sangria

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Red, White, and Blue Sangria

A totally refreshing, summer party worthy big-batch cocktail for the summer heat!

  • Author: Jess Gaertner
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 bottle riesling
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, quartered
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/2 cup clear spirit (blanco tequila or vodka are great)
  • 1 cup sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients other than sparkling water in a pitcher and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight, to let the flavors meld. Once you are ready to serve, stir in the sparkling water and enjoy!

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  1. Barb says:

    Wonderful recipe for the 4th of July- it was a big hit! Also, we ate the wine soaked fruit with flourless chocolate cake and ice cream for an UBER decadent dessert 🙂