White Sangria


White Sangria

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Have you ever stayed up all night drinking awesome sangria and playing Risk: The Game of Global Domination? I have and let me tell you that it is completely awesome and not dorky at all.

I confirmed a few things last Saturday night:

1) Never, ever start a land war in Asia. You will LOSE THE GAME.

2) Sangria is really good. Especially white sangria in the summer.

3) The sangria recipe below is not intended for two people unless you don’t mind being bedridden the next day.

The thing I don’t like about some white sangrias is that they end up being really sweet. If you look up other recipes, a fair number of them have simple syrup in them which I don’t really like to add to mine. I think it makes it too sweet and less boozy and who wants that?

So let’s make some the real way.

White Sangria

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1 bottle white wine. I used a pinot grigio.
1/2 Cup Citron vodka
1/2 Cup Peach brandy
1 peach, peeled, diced
1 apple, peeled, diced
2 plums, diced (skin is cool)
Handful of grapes, halved
1/4 Cup orange juice
Sparkling water (club soda)


1) Peel the peach and apple.

2) Chop fruit into about 1/4 inch cubes.

3) Mix peach brandy and citron vodka together. If you want your fruit to be really tasty though, mix your vodka and peach brandy with your fruit and let that sit for about 30 minutes. You could let it sit for an hour or two though without a problem.

4) Mix fruit mixture, white wine, and orange juice in a large pitcher.

5) In each glass add a few ice cubes, pour in some of sangria mixture and then top with a splash of club soda or sparkling water.

Prepping the fruit

There’s a lot of fruit in this recipe. I like to pretend that I’m being healthy while getting drunk. I think you should do the same.


I peeled the peach and apple just because the skin on those can be kind of cumbersome. I got a bit lucky with my apple peelings. I couldn’t replicate this if you paid me:

First try.
First try.

For this recipe, chop your fruit into about 1/4 inch cubes. For the record, you don’t need to use all the fruit I used. I just really like to eat the fruit when it is all booze filled. Call me crazy but I find it delicious.

If you do you all the fruit that I did, you’ll end up with a bowl like this.


So some sangria recipes call for simple syrup which is basically sugar and water. For this recipe I substituted that for peach brandy which is sweet enough but has peach flavor and alcohol. Basically it’s an all around win.

Instead of adding lemon or lime juice, I added some citron vodka which gives the sangria a necessary bite.

Fruit next to booze.
Fruit next to booze.

Now it would be fine to mix all these things together and let them mingle for an hour or two. If you want your fruit to be really tasty though, mix your vodka and peach brandy with your fruit and let that sit for about 30 minutes. You could let it sit for an hour or two though without a problem.

Fruit in the booze.
Fruit in the booze.

After that, basically just mix your fruit mixture, your white wine, and orange juice in a large picture.

In each glass add a few ice cubes, pour in some of your sangria mixture and then top with a splash of club soda or sparkling water.

Whatever you do, don’t drink this (and eat all the fruit) between two people. It’s seriously a bad idea.

Hangover in a pitcher.
Hangover in a pitcher.

In all reality though, this is an amazing sangria recipe. I highly recommend it.

Feel free to substitute liberally for fruit additions and white wine varieties.

If you have some good suggestions, leave a comment!

14 Responses to “White Sangria” Leave a comment

  1. I got stuck on the beautiful picture of the fruit salad. That looks yummy. I like the addition of Absolut Citron – good thought.

  2. Now that's my kind of recipe! ;-) Not only does it contain booze & fruit (two of my favorite food groups) but it's also healthy…:-P

  3. The pictures are gorgeous and made me think about a white sangria I enjoyed 28 or 29 years ago, while stationed in Panama. The Fort Amador Officers Wives Club (and every other OWC I ever joined) offered various activities to its members. One was a "Gourmet Club", although I always felt a little like a fraud with that name.

    It was just a group of women who liked to get together for monthly lunches at each others homes. There was a nice range of ages – as in the wives of colonels, high-ranking canal officials, majors, captains, and warrant officers (my husband!), and the Army, Navy, and Air Force were all represented. But rank was never an issue, one of the reasons I really enjoyed the group.

    Everyone was a good cook. The white sangria was served with a curried seafood salad. Here's the recipe (I don't remember it as being too sweet, but it was a long time ago!):

    1/2 gal. Rhine wine

    1 cup apple juice

    2 tbsp. sugar

    2 tbsp. lemon juice

    1/4 cup gin

    1/4 cup lime juice

    1 lemon sliced

    1 orange sliced

    Mix together adding sliced fruit. Should mix the day before or up to three days before to let flavors blend.

  4. reeeeeeally? never ever would have thunk of white sangria! oh my my, I am a red sangria lover. Must must must try this.

  5. I've played Risk once in my life. Once.

    Why only once?

    I not only started a land war in Asia, I HELD ASIA. And won.

    When I was told what a feat that was, I immediately retired from Risk.

  6. Dear readers: we drank the sangria with spicy Indian food, which actually was a pretty good pairing. Recommended.

  7. This looks great! I studied in Spain for a semester and discovered the joys of icy sweetened wine… Though at home, I usually just combine Pinot Grigio with Juicy Juice Orange-Tangerine, and some fresh mint leaves ;) (for reds, I like Dole Orange-Peach-Mango. So classy.)

    But I also slice some oranges and stick 'em in there. Because I like to eat the fruit too.

  8. Hey Nick, just thought I'd let you know that I made this yesterday and it was awesome! I'm not a fan of white wine but decided to try it anyway and I'm very glad I did. Only change made was raspberries in place of the grapes. Mmm, tasted great and looked pretty!

  9. Nick, this looks delish! I would love to try it, but I can’t drink alcohol (one sip and I’m doubled over in pain…seriously). What do you recommend as a substitute for the alcohol?

    1. Hmm… non-alcoholic sangria is tough, but I would think you could get pretty close with some interesting juices (apple, pear nectar, etc.) and maybe some of that fizzy cranberry or grape juice that looks like champagne?

      Not sure if it will be exactly the same, but I bet it’ll taste great! :)

  10. I have made this recipe for years. Everytime there is a gathering my friends tell me to bring the “fruit salad” lol. So refreshing

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