I’m so excited about this easy white sangria recipe. I never share cocktail recipes and that’s mostly because I’m not a huge cocktail person (regular old wine is my fave!). But after trying a white wine sangria at a happy hour earlier this summer and loving it, I came home and worked on a white wine sangria recipe. #workgoals 😉 And ended up with an easy, 10 minute, super-refreshing mango sangria recipe.
I love this easy white wine sangria recipe because it’s unlike any sangria I’ve ever had! But I have to admit, I can’t take the credit on this one though. I had a version of this at the Copper Cow restaurant in Minnetonka, Minnesota and it was the perfect patio-sipping drink that I knew at first sip I would have to recreate it at home.
A lot of white wine sangria recipes and mango sangria recipes are super sweet and while that certainly has it’s appeal for some, I prefer a lighter, more refreshing white sangria this twist on sangria is just the refreshing drink you need this summer!
How to Make White Sangria:
I’ll walk you through the steps to make this white sangria recipe at home! Hint: it’s easy!
- Prep your fruit.
- Add the honey, tea bags, gin, and entire bottle of wine to a pitcher. Stir together to dissolve honey.
- Add the fruit to the pitcher and chill overnight.
- Remove the grapefruit from white wine sangria. *This step is often not necessary in sangria recipes, but because the peel is bitter, you don’t want it to soak longer than 8 hours.
White Sangria Ingredients:
- White Wine: The base of the recipe! I like sauvignon blanc in this mango sangria recipe because it pairs so well with tropical, light, and tart flavors going on! But most important is to choose a white wine that you like. More summer sangria recipe white wine options are below.
- Gin: Most red sangria recipes are made with brandy and orange liqueur, gin keeps the light and bright flavors going. (You can’t really taste it, so if you aren’t a gin fan, don’t be scared off!)
- Fruit: Fruit for white sangria can vary, here the fresh mango pairs perfectly with the sauvignon blanc, and grapefruit slices and a tart twist on simple white wine sangria. You can also use some orange slices and orange juice to add a little more sweetness to your sangria.
- Extras: This easy white sangria recipe
has some fun extras like the chamomile tea, honey, and orange juice. The tea adds an interesting flavor (though it’s subtle) and the honey and orange juice sweeten the sangria lightly.
- Garnishes – I went with mint because the color contrast is so pretty…and I have a massive mint plant! You can also use grapefruit or orange slices.
Best White Wine for Sangria
Most sangria recipes can be pretty flexible on the type of wine that is used. The white wine for sangria that I used in this recipe is sauvignon blanc – one of my favorite whites!
It’s light and crisp and usually has tropical and fruity notes. I prefer New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, but California makes some great ones, too!
Also, and probably most importantly, use a white wine that you like to drink! Since you’re essentially making a gin and white wine cocktail, the quality doesn’t have to be super high, but choose a bright white that you like. Pinot Grigio and White Rieslings would also work well here.
You’ll love this easy white sangria recipe! Just 10 minutes to prep, super REFRESHING, light, and tart! White wine sangria recipe – perfect summer drink!
- 1 (750 mL) bottle of white wine (like Sauvignon Blanc)
- 1/2 grapefruit, cut into slices
- 1 mango, peeled and sliced
- 4 Tbsp. honey
- 2 chamomile tea bags
- 1 1/2 oz. gin (3 Tbsp.)
- soda water or sparkling water
- 4 oz. orange juice
- optional garnish: mint, orange slices, mango slices
- Slice the grapefruit and mango.
- In a large pitcher, add the honey, tea bags, gin, and entire bottle of wine. Stir together to dissolve honey.
- Add fruit into the pitcher. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator overnight or for about 8 hours. (Don’t let it sit out much longer as it will get very bitter and tart.)
- Remove grapefruit slices and discard.
- To serve, fill a glass with ice cubes and top with 3 parts sangria to 1 part soda water. Add garnishes if desired.
Note: this is a really light and tart sangria. If you like your sangria on the sweeter side, I would add some more honey and/or swap the grapefruit out for orange slices.
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