In the warm summer months, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a glass of homemade white wine sangria. As an avid wine enthusiast, I’ve experimented with various recipes to create the perfect blend of flavors. Join me on this journey as I share my favorite white wine sangria recipe and some personal tips to elevate your sangria game.
To start, gather the following ingredients:
- 1 bottle of dry white wine (I recommend a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a fruity Pinot Grigio)
- 1/4 cup of brandy
- 2 tablespoons of sugar (adjust to taste)
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- 1 lime, thinly sliced
- 1 cup of sliced strawberries
- 1-2 cups of sparkling water or lemon-lime soda
- Ice cubes
Start by slicing the citrus fruits and strawberries. In a large pitcher, combine the white wine, brandy, and sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the sliced fruits and stir gently to combine. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld together.
When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice and pour the chilled sangria over the ice. Top each glass with a splash of sparkling water or lemon-lime soda for a touch of effervescence. I personally love the added fizz that the soda brings to the drink, but feel free to adjust based on your preference.
For an extra burst of flavor, you can add a handful of fresh mint leaves to the pitcher before refrigerating. This adds a delightful herbal note to the sangria. Additionally, if you prefer a sweeter sangria, you can substitute some of the sparkling water with a lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. Play around with the ratios to find the perfect balance for your palate.
White wine sangria is a versatile and crowd-pleasing drink that’s perfect for entertaining or simply unwinding after a long day. With its vibrant colors and refreshing taste, it’s a true celebration of summer. So, gather your friends, whip up a batch of this delightful beverage, and savor the joy of sharing good times over a glass of homemade white wine sangria. Cheers!