White Wine Sangria Recipe: For a Touch of Mexico
If you’ve ever bought a bottle of white wine, brought it home and popped it open and just found that it wasn’t to your taste, your first inclination might be to dump it in the sink. Not so fast! There may be some dissention here, but you can always 1) use it for cooking or 2) use it in a white wine sangria recipe! Here, we’ll be focusing on the latter, the white wine sangria recipe.
For this white wine sangria recipe, you’ll need a bottle of white wine (Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, etc.), 2/3 cup of sugar, 3 sliced oranges or tangerines (or 1 cup of orange juice), 1 sliced lemon, 1 sliced lime, and ½ liter of club soda or ginger ale (if you like it sweeter).
Pour your wine into a pitcher and squeeze the juice from your sliced lemon, lime and oranges in as well. Throw in the wedges (sans the seeds, if possible) and stir in the sugar. Let this mixture chill overnight. When you are ready to serve the sangria, mix in your club soda or ginger ale right before serving. It’s as simple as that!
Some may find this white wine sangria recipe to be a bit too sweet, but the best thing about recipes such as this is that you can play around with the ingredients a bit! You can easily halve the sugar down to 1/3 cup and it will be just fine.
If you prefer less citrusy sangria, you can easily substitute sliced peaches, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, or any other sort of fruit that you can think of! Other things you can add to change the flavor up a bit is one or two shots of gin, brandy or rum (Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum works especially well!), a little triple sec, or a cup of citrus-flavored soda (such as a lemon-lime soda or orange soda) or lemonade. The sky really is the limit with this recipe. You can very easily throw whatever sort of fruit you have in the fridge to make this sangria if none of the above fruits appeal to you.
This is a great recipe to have on hand for when you are having a lot of people over, as you can really stretch it with an inexpensive wine. You can easily find some decent white wines for under $10 at your local liquor store if you look hard enough, and once you put all the above ingredients in it will really come to life. In some ways, making sangria out of sub-par white wine, rather than red, is a bit easier because it is already sweet, rather than dry. That natural sweetness lends itself to this sort of recipe and blends well with the other ingredients.
So the next time you’re having company, whip up a batch using this white wine sangria recipe and see what folks think! In general, you’ll find that most people like their alcoholic drinks sweet, so this sangria should please just about everyone!