White Sangria

After what seemed like two solid weeks of nothing but grey skies and a pounding rain, the clouds have lifted and we are looking at a stretch of days in the mid to upper 70’s here in Pittsburgh. The air smells fresh – flowers, fresh-cut grass, and spring is in the air. A bright warmth that only the spring can bring before the air gets weighed down by the heat and humidity of summer. These are the days that get me daydreaming about summer nights. And one of my favorite things about summer nights is sitting outside and enjoying a cold refreshing beverage. This sangria fits that scenario like a glove.

Fresh, fruity and with a punch of Grand Marnier, this will give your summer days (and nights) a definite kick.

White sangria does well with a medium-bodied fruity white wine, such as a Pinot Grigio or an un-oaked Chardonnay. I went with a white wine from the local winery (Narcisi Winery for those in the Pittsburgh area!).

The wine (called Rosabella) is described as a Pinot Grigio-style blend with soft rose aromas and butter and citrus overtones, which I thought was a great choice for this sangria recipe.

This takes 15 minutes to throw together (some slicing, a little mashing and a quick mix!) and after a short chill in the fridge you’ll be ready to sip away!

Cheers to a wonderful summer!

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White Sangria

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours (chill time)

Total Time: 15 minutes


2 large oranges, 1 cut into ΒΌ-inch-thick slices, the other 1 juiced
1 large lemon, cut into ΒΌ-inch-thick slices
ΒΌ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier (or other orange-flavored liquor, i.e. Triple Sec or Cointreau)
1 (750-mL) bottle white wine (Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay, preferably), chilled
6 to 8 ice cubes


1. Add orange and lemon slices and sugar to a large pitcher; mash gently with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves and the fruit releases some juice but is not completely crushed, about 1 minute. Stir in orange juice, liquor and wine. Refrigerate at least 2 hours (up to 8 hours).

2. Before serving, add ice cubes and stir briskly to redistribute settled fruit and pulp; serve immediately.

(Recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated, May 2006)


41 Responses to “White Sangria”

  1. Jen @ the baked life on May 11, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Yum looks delicious. It’s been nothing but grey here too, can’t wait for spring to finally arrive.

    Never made white sangria, usually buy the ultra-classy bottle of boones red sangria. I will have to give this a try


  2. Jen of My Tiny Oven on May 11, 2011 at 12:14 am

    If we ever get some sun here, making this is going to be first on my list of things to make! Looks so refreshing!


  3. Amanda (Eating Up) on May 11, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I LOVE sangria in all flavors!


  4. Jessica on May 11, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Ok, I’ll bring the chips and guacamole if you bring the Sangria. Deal?

    πŸ˜‰ Love the glasses by the way!


  5. Gwenevere on May 11, 2011 at 4:23 am

    We went from cool and rainy to way hot and humid! What happened to the mild spring warm up? The sunny look of this drink almost makes humidity seem like it’s not so bad.


  6. Hezzi-D on May 11, 2011 at 6:30 am

    White sangria is my favortie summer drink. I’ve never thought to add Grand marnier to the mix, but it sounds great! I also like adding in limes and pineapple:-)


  7. Love white sangria! Can’t wait for the warmer weather to arrive to enjoy beverages like this! Or, maybe I won’t wait… πŸ™‚


  8. The Food Hound on May 11, 2011 at 8:26 am

    The BH and I don’t care for white wine BUT I make my white sangria with bubbly and it’s awesome!! Love using the Grand Marnier!!


  9. Melissa on May 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Wow! That looks perfectly refreshing! I usually go for a red sangria, but I might actually branch out now! πŸ™‚


  10. Erin on May 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I’m not usually a fan of white wine, but this sounds so good!


  11. Dana@TheSundaySweet on May 11, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I’m a sucker for Sangria. Can’t wait to try this on a warm Sunday afternoon. Thank you πŸ™‚

    p.s. I’ve got $ to sur la table to give away. come stop by and say hi.


  12. Katrina on May 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I recently made red sangria with a similar recipe! The oranges really add a nice flavour. Yum!


  13. Ashley on May 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Sangria is one of my “go to” drinks when out to dinner. My favorite part is eating the fruit of course!


  14. Shawnda on May 11, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I love white sangria. It’s a perfect patio drink. This is almost exactly how I make it, too! Although I get a little wimpy and hit it with some fizzy water. There’s just something about the bubbles…


  15. Erin on May 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

    This looks so refreshing. Too bad it is not even 10:00 AM ! Bookmarking for a more appropriate time πŸ™‚ Thanks!


  16. I’m not a fan of most sangrias, but this one is one I would probably like, a lot. it looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing. I hope you enjoy the sun and warmth. I think we sent it your way because we’re stuck with the rain and clouds today.


  17. Maria on May 11, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Such a pretty drink!


  18. Amy @ Gastronome Tart on May 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Love white sangria! Thanks for the recipe! Perfect going into spring!


  19. gabby@foodchowdown on May 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I <3 anyone who can make white sangria. I've been dying to make my sangria recipe that I got from a cooking class but haven't had an occasion to make it.


  20. Hannah at FleurDeLicious on May 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Looks so refreshing! I’m counting down the days until our apartment pool opens…I’ll definitely be bringing a batch of this when it finally does. Also, I always love adding sliced peaches to sangria…I know they’re not in season yet, but when they are, it sounds like they’d go perfectly with this recipe!


    • Michelle on May 11th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      I had my mind on peaches too! Will definitely be adding those once in season!


  21. Paula on May 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Lovely refreshing drink and your photos of it are just fabulous!


  22. Emily Malloy @Cleanliness on May 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Now you are talking my language πŸ™‚


  23. Cookin' Canuck on May 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Sitting outside on a warm summer’s night, sipping one of these beautiful cocktails, is one of the many reasons I am excited for warmer weather to arrive. Bookmarking these, Michelle.


  24. Sallie @ Texas Cottage on May 11, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I never had white sangria. I am more of a red wine drinker, but I think this would be perfect on a hot summer day. Sounds delicious!


  25. BombLogic on May 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    What if i use grapefruit instead of orange? Foolish idea or acceptable? Personally i don’t mind
    try and let me know!


    • Michelle on May 11th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      If you like grapefruit, I say go for it!


  26. Conna on May 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    It looks like summer is coming !!!!!!! Yeah !!!!!!!


  27. Michelle on May 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Ah! . . .the Narcisi Winery . . . what a great summer hangout! I can not wait to try this white sangria. I don’t think I have ever had a white sangria, but I do love white wine (& Narcisi’s Rosabella is very nice). So, this will be at the top of my list and perfect timing for Memorial Day weekend! Thanks, Michelle, for the recipe.

    Cheers to summer time πŸ™‚


  28. Sandra on May 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Gosh, don’t remember the last time I had Sangria, this looks perfect.


  29. Happy When Not Hungry on May 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    This looks like the perfect drink to come home to after a long day at work! Love it πŸ™‚


  30. Kelly @ Kell's Kitchen on May 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I love sangria, but I’ve never had white sangria. I’m going to try this! SOON πŸ˜‰


  31. Mindy on May 11, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    That looks like something I’d just dive head first into! Yowsa! Beautiful.


  32. Felice on May 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    This sounds like it would hit the spot on a hot afternoon. I may just have to make a batch soon to sip on whilst I catch up on my reading. Thanks!


  33. Lisa @ The Cooking Bride on May 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Oh, how funny . . .my husband and I were just talking about making this over the weekend! I guess warmer weather inspires!


  34. Tracy on May 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Love this version of sangria! I have been loving the change in weather too…finally some nice, sunny days in place of all the rain!!


  35. Julie Trekker on May 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    This was a first for me, always loved the red, but I’m converting! Super easy to throw together, a tasty, light and inexpensive cocktail. Thanks for posting this recipe!


  36. RisaG on May 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I love sangria. Haven’t had it in many years. This looks very good.


  37. thelittleloaf on May 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I’m off to Barcelona in a few weeks’ time and hoping to taste plenty of Sangria while I’m there. Sometimes I find the red wine a little cloying and heavy so this white version is the perfect alternative. I don’t think I’d want to completely replace my traditional Sangria recipe but lovely to have a second option on file, thank you!


  38. April on May 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I love sangria! I usually make red but white sounds like the perfect way to kick-off the summer season. I just made this and I’m impatiently waiting for it to chill πŸ™‚ Thanks for posting!


  39. Jason Phelps on June 10, 2011 at 8:48 am

    For summer parties I will often make both just in case someone who doesn’t like red wine pops up. Great stuff!



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