White Sangria to Sweeten up your Summer

White Sangria Recipes

Nothing says summer like sangria. Traditionally from Spain and Portugal, sangria is a blend of wine, brandy, fruit, and a sweetener. White sangria is particularly light and refreshing. It can be made a day ahead of serving. Here are three white sangria recipes we like, along with suggested white wines and a brandy to use in them.

 

From marthastewart.com – 8 servings:

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

1/4 cup brandy

1/4 cup sugar

2 firm ripe peaches, halved, pitted, and thinly sliced

1/2 honeydew melon, seeded, peeled, cut lengthwise into thirds, and thinly sliced crosswise (4 cups)

1 bottle white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, well-chilled

1 can (12 ounces) or (1 1/2 cups) seltzer or club soda

Ice cubes, for serving

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

In a large bowl or pitcher, combine brandy and sugar. Let stand five minutes; stir to dissolve sugar. Add fruit and wine to brandy mixture; stir. Just before serving, add seltzer and stir again. Serve over ice.

 

 

From realsimple.com – 6 servings:

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

6 cups Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc

1/4 cup superfine sugar

1 cup white grape juice

1 ripe nectarine, pitted and cut into thin wedges

1 tangerine, thinly sliced

1 cup seedless white grapes, halved

1 cup club soda

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

In a large pitcher or other container, combine the wine and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the remaining ingredients, excluding the club soda, and mix well.

 

Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the white sangria sit for at least one hour (up to four hours). The white sangria will sweeten with time, so the longer it sits the better.

 

Just before serving, stir in the club soda and ice cubes.
From epicurious.com – 6 servings:

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1 cup fresh orange juice

1 cup seltzer water or club soda

1 1/2 cups ginger ale

A 750-ml bottle dry white wine, chilled

1/2 cup Pimm’s Cup

1 navel orange, cut into wedges

1 lemon, cut into wedges

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

In a large pitcher, stir together citrus juices, seltzer water or club soda, ginger ale, wine, Pimm’s, and half of orange and lemon wedges.

 

Add ice cubes and serve white sangria with remaining orange and lemon wedges.

 

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Here are the wines to make the perfect white sangria:

Pinot Grigio, Borgo M – 2013
This Pinot Grigio is exquisitely balanced with brilliant florals, fruity aromas, bright citrus notes, and a clean, crisp finish.

Touraine “Le Grand St. Vincent,” Mureau – 2014
This energetic and lively Sauvignon Blanc evokes springtime honeysuckle and exotic tropical fruit. A pale yellow wine streaked with green, it is fleshy and fruit-forward. It’s ideal for outdoor parties, too.

Beaujolais Blanc, Ch. de Lacarelle – 2012
Chardonnay gets very friendly when it hails from Beaujolais. This comes from Château de Lacarelle, a family-run estate that has been growing for 250 years.

Lustau Solera Reserva Brandy
Aged for three years in used Amontillado Sherry casks, this is a classic solera-aged brandy de Jerez. The rich, beautiful notes of vanilla extract, roasted nuts, black strap molasses, grilled apricots, and caramel are solid. The palate is dry, oaky, and focused with notes of new leather, and crème brûleé. It finishes with flavors of fried bananas and nutmeg. This is highly mixable as well, and one of the best brandy values in the world from a historic producer.