White Sangria

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White sangria - Andrea Meyers

Getting my red wine-loving husband to drink white wine is like trying to get a kid to eat spinach, so he was not exactly thrilled when I told him I was making white sangria. I talked it up, trying to get him interested in tasting something new, but he’s just not a white wine kind of guy.

I, on the other hand, enjoy white wine and felt excited about the white sangria and the chunks of delicious fruit. This recipe uses fresh plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, oranges, and orange and lemon juice, then tops it all off with Amaretto and sparkling water, and I knew I had a winner when Michael went back for a second glass commenting on how good it tasted.

This refreshing sangria goes well with seafood or light tapas. You can mix it up 12 hours ahead, and I love how the fruity flavors mingle with the wine when it’s had some resting time, but remember to hold the sparkling water until just before serving to preserve the bubbles.

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Fruit for white sangria - Andrea Meyers


Adapted from Spain and the World Table, by The Culinary Institute of America.


small sauce pan
large pitcher


1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 ounces (1/4 cup) water
1 cup diced ripe peaches
3/4 cup diced plums
1 cup pitted cherries
1 cup diced nectarines
8 slices peeled oranges
1 bottle (750 ml) white wine, fruity, not too dry
6 tablespoons fresh orange juice
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup Amaretto
16 ounces (480 ml) sparkling water


1. In the small sauce pan, add the sugar and water and cook over medium heat until it starts to boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar and remove from heat. Allow to cool completely.

2. Stir together the white wine, orange juice, lemon juice, Amaretto, and the sugar water. Add the fruit and stir gently.

3. Add the sparkling water and serve immediately. Spoon some of the fruit into each glass then pour in the sangria. You can also chill the sangria for up to 12 hours, then add the sparkling water when serving.

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  1. says

    Thanks! We used a sauvignon blanc because we had one on hand, though fruity reislings would also work. Just avoid wines that say “dry” or “very dry” on the label.

  2. Jasi says

    Late Summer night, not willing to go out, we made a White Sangria from a respectable Riesling and leftover coconut rum. Fresh thin slices of nectarines, peaches and plums soaked up the rum and superfine sugar at the bottom of our Acapulco pitcher. Topped off quickly with some ice, a little sparkling water and the Riesling. It was actually quite good. More like a punch, maybe.


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