White Sangria is a fruity, sweet wine cocktail that’s bursting with fresh flavors of citrus, apples, strawberries, and mango. This is a bright, classic wine cocktail that no summertime celebration would be complete without! You can also personalize the fruit that’s in the sangria to completely satisfy your personal preference.
This recipe is a wonderful fruit forward sangria that is not too sweet and is very aromatic and flavorful. The combination of sweet and juicy mangoes and strawberries with the citrusy, tangy lime and orange is absolute perfection! I also love to add Cointreau liqueur to enhance the orange flavor without overpowering other flavors.
Of all the classic summertime drinks I love, this white sangria really has a special place in my heart. This recipe it tried and true, and I’ve never met a person who didn’t ask for a second glass! Whether you’re serving it at a ladies night, pool party, or a sunny backyard barbecue, this fruity sangria is sure to steal all of the spotlight.
Perhaps the best thing about this sangria is the fact that it’s so easy to make, and so very customizable! If you have guests with certain fruit allergies, you can omit the problem fruit and replace it with something similar. As long as the fruits are balanced with sour and sweet, it’ll be absolute perfection. Whip up an easy pitcher of this unforgettable white sangria today, and you’ll be just as in love as I am!
Ingredients for White Sangria
The ingredients for this easy wine cocktail are freshest in the hot and sunny summertime months! Enjoy how ripe these juicy fruits are while you still can.
- White Wine – Choose fruity and mildly sweet white wines like Riesling, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc. Try to stay away from wines that are too sour, too dry, and too sweet. Avoid wines like Moscato.
- Cointreau or Triple Sec – The addition of this aromatic, orange flavored liqueur is what really makes this fruity sangria stand out. If you have any left over, be sure to use it deliciously in another cocktail like a Classic Sidecar!
- Naval Orange – Double check that the orange is ripe by giving it a gentle squeeze. It should be firm with a slight give, and have no obviously soft spots. It should also be a decently large, heavy orange.
- Lime – To balance out the sweetness and give it more aroma, lime works great. (See variations below if needed.)
- Apple – This is another tangy ingredient that really makes your mouth water with each delicious sip! Use a vibrant green Granny Smith apple to enhance the sour flavors of the sangria without overpowering the sweeter ingredients. (See variations below if needed.)
- Strawberries – Run, don’t walk to your local grocery store to get fresh, ripe, and juicy strawberries! The sweetness these little red berries give to the whole sangria is truly unbeatable. (See variations below if needed.)
- Mango – Mangoes provide an additional touch of sweetness, while also giving this wine cocktail a tropical summertime flare. (See variations below if needed.)
- Soda – Use a lemon lime soda like Sprite (or a generic option) to give this cocktail a final sweet flavor, and a fun hint of carbonated bubbles!
How to Make White Sangria
Start by preparing the fruit! Slice and chop the fruit however you’d like but remove the core and pits.
Pour in the wine and the liqueur and give it a stir. Then, tightly cover the pitcher with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Allow the pitcher to cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but it can stay in there for up to 24 if you’d like!
Right before serving the sangria, top it off with cold lemon lime soda. That way, the bubbles are fresh and tasty!
Give the pitcher a final, gentle stir, then pour the sangria into glasses, and enjoy! (Note: Use a serving spoon to first scoop out the fruit into each glass, and then pour the sangria over it.)
Variations to Try
- When it comes of apples, green apples provide fruity flavor but not too much sweetness. If you wish to add a little more sweetness, you can use sweeter apples like honeycrisp or gala. Mcintosh is a very aromatic variety as well.
- If you prefer, use lemon instead of lime. Mayer lemons have great aroma and flavor.
- Make it the sangria tropical by using mangoes, pineapples, papaya, guava, and passion fruit.
- If you love berries, use all of your favorite berries like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries!
Tips for the Best Sangria:
- Use the right wine that is not too dry, and not too sweet.
- Pick the ripest fruit, because it will be at its sweetest and provide the most juice.
- Prepare ahead of time and let it stand for at least two hours to let the fruit really infuse the wine with flavor. Remember, you can make a pitcher of white sangria a full day ahead.
- When pouring the glasses of sangria, you might want to scoop some fruit into the glasses as well, so everyone gets a lovely amount of fruit with their wine cocktail!
More Refreshing Cocktails to Try:
Rum Punch – this Jamaican-style cocktail has a base of orange and pineapples juices and both, light and dark rums.
Classic Mojito – a beautiful Cuban cocktail that is slightly sweet and refreshing, and made with only five simple ingredients.
French 75 – a classic champagne cocktail that is refreshing, aromatic, and citrusy, and made with only four ingredients.
Lemon Drop Martini – this sweet and sour classic cocktail has only four ingredients – good quality vodka, fresh lemon juice, orange liqueur, and sweetener.
- 1.5 L white wine Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling
- 8 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 1 ripe navel orange
- 1 lime
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 8 oz strawberries
- 1 ripe mango
- 6-8 oz lemon lime soda
- Slice and chop all the fruit, taking out core and pits when needed.
- Combine cut fruit in a large enough pitcher and pour in orange liqueur and wine.
- Carefully stir everything together and cover the pitcher air-tight with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for at least two hours but you can make it a long as 24 hours ahead.
- When ready to serve, top it off with lemon lime soda and give it another gentle stir.
- Keep sangria refrigerated when not serving. Keep the pitcher covered to prefect anything getting into he pitcher.