I love making White Wine Sangria for parties. That’s because this white sangria recipe is so easy to make, refreshing to drink, and looks amazing served in a tall pitcher on my party table!
I used to pick just any white wine off the shelf when I made sangria. But I’ve decided that the best white wine for sangria is a Pinot Grigio. It’s now my go-to white sangria wine.
Many people feel that Pinot Grigio has a fruity flavor with notes of apple, pear, nectarine, lemon and lime. Maybe even a little honey, too.
That’s why Pinot Grigio is perfect for a white sangria recipe since it goes with goes with any fruits or berries you might want to use.
How to make white sangria
The best thing about using Pinot Grigio in White Wine Sangria is that it goes with a variety of fruit. So feel free to use whatever fruit is on sale at your grocery store or farmer’s market.
If you’re in a rush, use frozen fruit. It’s already cleaned and cut up. Easy, right? Plus there’s no need to defrost the fruit for the sangria either.
Most grocery stores offer a terrific selection of frozen cherries, berries, peaches and tropic fruit mixes for your sangria fruit blend.
Just place the frozen fruit right the sangria pitcher where it will thaw and be ready to go after sitting overnight in your refrigerator.
You can add extra frozen sangria fruit fruit to the pitcher after you’ve emptied the first batch of White Wine Sangria. The sangria fruit will keep the sangria nice and cool, too!
How to serve up White Wine Sangria
You should invest in a sangria pitcher set if you love to serve sangria recipes. I own the Libbey 7 Piece Sangria Set. The tall and skinny pitcher holds 76 ounces.
I also love the San Vicente Sangria Pitcher Set for White Wine Sangria, since the round pitcher holds a whopping 96 ounces.
For a festive touch, serve White Wine Sangria with drinking straws. I love all the environmentally safe paper straws available now. So cute!
Try making your white wine sangria recipe in a drink dispenser with a built in spigot. One of these Nantucket Drink Dispensers would be perfect for serving White Wine Sangria at a backyard barbecue party, don’t you think?
More this Mama’s tips for making a white sangria recipe
Want to lighten up your white wine sangria recipe? Add some plain or flavored seltzer to it! I think adding up to a third of the pitcher with seltzer would be just right. Make sure the seltzer you’re using is no calorie and not a frizzy fruit drink filled with sugar!
Another way to lighten up your sangria is to serve it over ice or to add ice cubes to the pitcher. It’s a good way to keep everyone’s White Wine Sangria nice and cool, too.
Do you have mint, basil or lemon thyme growing in your garden? Add a few sprigs of herbs to the sangria pitcher or add a sprig to your guests’ glasses as a garnish. Pretty!
White Wine Sangria
- Enough fruit to fill one large sangria or lemonade pitcher – strawberries, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, apples, etc. Feel free to improvise!
- 1 to 2 bottles Pinot Grigio (depending on size of your pitcher)
- Cut fruit into small bite sized pieces. Fill pitcher completely to top.
- Fill pitcher with Pinot Grigio and completely cover fruit with wine.
- Cover top of pitcher with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight so fruit can be infused with Pinot Grigio. Do this the evening before your party.
- The day of your party, just before guests arrive, remove pitcher from refrigerator. Stir fruit with a long spoon.
- Fill glasses with fruit until half of the fruit is removed from the pitcher.
- Slowly fill the pitcher to the top with more Pinot Grigio. Stir wine and fruit.
- Serve sangria in the fruit filled glasses.
- To replenish the sangria pitcher, refill the pitcher with more Pinot Grigio. Stir to combine.
- To serve, again remove fruit from pitcher and place in glasses. Pour sangria over fruit. Enjoy!
- Serving size: 1 glass
Originally posted on January 13, 2015 and June 23, 2016. Updated with new pictures and information.
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