Sparkling White Sangria
Saunter in summer with a cool refreshing pitcher of white sangria! I’ve got a classic white wine sangria recipe for you today, with a twist. The secret ingredients in this pretty pitcher will keep your party guests guessing all summer long.
I think it’s safe to say the weather is warming all over the country.
After a long laborious winter, and a questionable spring, we are nearing a season of warmth and relaxation. It makes me think back on all the fun memories we made last summer.
One of my favorite family trips last year was a visit to Kiawah Island. We spent a week curling our toes in the soft sand. Watching horseshoe crabs rest off the water’s edge. Riding bikes under shady palms and live oak trees. And of course, eating seafood and sipping summer cocktails.
On the first night we arrived, we drove onto the island late in the evening. Exhausted from the day of travel, and eager to get the kids out of the car, we stopped at a little shopping center to get a quick dinner and buy some groceries for the week.
All the restaurants were packed, so by the time we sat down to have dinner this girl… needed a drink.
I ordered a white wine sangria and sat sipping the sparkling fruity concoction until all the tension of the day melted away with the warm ocean breeze. After that first white wine sangria, the rest of our trip was pure magic.
Sangria always does that to me. And a white sangria is such a nice light beverage for summer, I love making up a pitcher (or two) when friends stop by.
This particular blend, starts with a crisp sweet white wine. I used moscato because it’s so naturally sweet I didn’t need to add simple syrup or sugar.
Instead I added orange pineapple juice to give the wine a tangy balance, and two secret ingredients: Midori Melon Liqueur and Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur.
The combination of the cool melon tone and the slight spiciness of the ginger make this white sangria an absolute winner.
I then loaded it up with cantaloupe balls, fresh sliced strawberries, and citrus slices, and let the mixture infuse with the fruit to create a lovely light beverage.
When ready to serve, finish each glass off with a splash of club soda to make your white wine sangria sparkle, and you have something truly special!
A beverage that tastes like summer.
Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 750 ml bottle Moscato wine (Riesling is my second choice)
- 1 1/2 cups orange pineapple juice
- 1 cup Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
- 1/2 cup Midori melon liqueur
- 1 cup cantaloupe balls
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 2 mandarin oranges, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 1 liter club soda, chilled
- Combine wine, juice and liqueurs in a large pitcher. Stir in the fruit and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- When ready to serve, pour into glasses 2/3 full (make sure to scoop in some fruit) and top with club soda. Serve cold.
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