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Easy and Traditional White Sangria Recipe


This homemade white sangria recipe is refreshing, easy and versatile! Prepare it in the morning so the wine can soak up all the fruity flavors. You’ll have a delicious cocktail ready for dinner!

White sangria is the perfect summer cocktail to make for a crowd! Serve it by the pool or for a garden party. It’s colorful, refreshing and always a crowd pleaser. This recipe uses only 9 ingredients and takes about 15 minutes to prepare.

Here’s the best part about making sangria, you can toss in the fruit you have and be creative! This is a basic recipe for a traditional white sangria, but have fun with it and if you have left over fruit, use it.

How do you make white sangria?

  • Wash and prepare all of the fruit. Slice or cut the fruit in small pieces. I personally like the way it looks sliced.
  • Make the homemade simple syrup to sweeten the sangria.
  • Add the white wine, fruit, vodka, simple syrup and liqueur in a large pitcher.
  • Place the sangria in the refrigerator to infuse the flavors. Anywhere from an hour to over night depending on how much time you have and how fruity you want the flavor.
  • Before serving, add in the club soda (any sparkling water) to give it some bubbles.

Simple syrup is made with sugar and water. Instead of muddling sugar at the bottom of the pitcher, we like to dilute it and melt it so it blends better. Just mix 1/2 cup organic cane sugar with 1/2 cup water and simmer until sugar is melted. Super easy!

This is the organic cane sugar I used. You can also try coconut sugar if you prefer.

What is a good white wine for sangria?

You don’t need a very expensive bottle of wine when making sangria! Save your good bottles for sipping. Try an affordable dry white like Rioja Blanco, or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or even a Pinot Grigio.

To serve the sangria you’ll need a tall glass pitcher (love this one for $12), a long wooden spoon  and stemless wine glasses.

To serve sangria, pour in a glass filled with ice. If the fruit stays in the pitcher, spoon some out to serve in each glass. Garnish with a mint leaf or edible flower!

I just love how colorful white sangria is! The fruit just pops and it’s beautiful.

What goes with sangria?

This white sangria is truly great served with anything light and summery! From seafood to summer salads or even a summer  cheese plate. Also, pair it with Spanish and Mexican dishes or a dessert like blood orange cheese cake or the best ever lemon bars.

How long does sangria last?

Since there is sliced fruit in sangria, the fruit will start to turn brown after a few days. Plan on keeping it for three days in the refrigerator and then discarding. But I highly doubt you’ll have any left on the third day!

Recipe Variations

  • Use seasonal fruit and berries or anything that sounds good to you.
  • Add a different liqueur like peach, cherry, honeydew, apple, triple sec or cointreau (orange), elderflower, banana, limoncello or even prickly pear. There are so many choices and you can add whatever one you like!
  • Try a flavored vodka. We use apple vodka in this recipe, but there are several flavors of vodka or even just classic is fine too.
  • Pick a theme, like tropical white sangria made with pineapple and mango. Use this recipe as a guide and switch out the flavors to match you theme.
  • You can use frozen fruit if you prefer, but we like fresh the best.

A Little Sangria History

The term sangria dates back to the 18th century. Early versions of this cocktail were popular in Spain, Greece and England. It was originally served hot and cold. Sangria as an iced drink was introduced to the U.S. in the late 1940s through Hispanic Americans and Spanish restaurants.

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If you make our traditional white sangria let us know what you think in the comments! Also, share your variations with us on our social channels @sugarandcharm. We love seeing what you all make!

White Sangria Recipe

This white sangria is light and refreshing. It's made with traditional sangria ingredients and is the perfect summer cocktail to enjoy outside! 

Course Cocktail
Keyword cocktail, Sangria, Wine
Servings 6 people


  • 1 sliced lime
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • 4 large strawberries, sliced
  • 1 bottle white wine Try a Rioja Spanish white or a Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 large apple sliced
  • 1/3 cup apple vodka
  • 1/4 cup pear, peach or orange liqueur
  • 1/3 cup simple syrup (homemade)
  • 1/3 cup sparkling water


  1. In a medium sauce pan combine 1/2 cup cane sugar and 1/2 water. Bring it to simmer until sugar melts, then let it cool to room temperature. 

  2. Prepare all of the fruit by washing it and slicing it. 

  3. In a pitcher add all of the ingredients (except the sparkling water) and stir. 

  4. Let the sangria sit in the fridge so the flavors can combine. You can leave it in the fridge for 1 -8 hours. 

  5. Add the sparkling water before you serve and give it a stir.

  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

When buying white wine for sangria go with a dryer Rioja Spanish white or a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. 

You can use any liqueur you want. We used pear in this recipe, but there is orange, peach, apple... truly so many! 

Any apple vodka from the store will work. It doesn't need to be expensive. It's sangria after all! 

To make the simple syrup, we use organic cane sugar. It gives the best results. 

The longer you leave the sangria in the refrigerator the fruiter the flavor will be. I think one to two hours is fine! 


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One response to Easy and Traditional White Sangria Recipe

  1. Suzanne Ogdabin
    April 26, 2019

    Soooo delicious. Light & refreshing. Loved it.

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