Thursday, April 15, 2021

Citrus White Wine Sangria

White Wine Sangria is a refreshing addition to any spring brunch. With this recipe and a few simple, fresh ingredients, you can easily make a citrusy orange sangria!

Tangy, sweet, and lightly spiced, this refreshing drink will complement any Mother’s Day celebration. In fact, you can make a batch to enjoy every weekend if you like! 

White wine sangria with orange juice in a glass

Citrus White Wine Sangria

The recipe is incredibly simple, and any well-stocked bar and pantry will already have everything needed to put this together. 
Looking for more spring cocktail ideas? You’ll love a Gin Daisy or this bubbly Raspberry Lemon Prosecco. Or, try a sangria made with fresh summer berries that can be adapted for the non-alcoholic crowd as well.

Recipe Tips

  • Choose a bottle that you love. I used a Reisling because I prefer sweeter varieties for this type of drink, but any white wine will do. The important thing is to use something that you enjoy drinking by itself since more expensive doesn’t always mean better!
  • Get out every last drop! When juicing citrus, it helps to roll the fruit back and forth across the counter while gently pressing with the palm of your hand. Think like a rolling pin. Heat can help too, so be sure the oranges are room temperature before using them.
  • Want to used bottled juice instead? Stick with brands that are 100% juice over those that are from concentrate. Not only will there be less added sugar (or none at all!) but you’ll avoid any strange or bitter aftertaste.

White wine sangria ingredients

Garnish Ideas

Want to add a pretty touch to your wine glasses? All you need are some extra fruit slices and cinnamon sticks. Make them look fancy with a curl of candied orange peel, or even a sprig of mint or basil would be a nice touch!

Kitchen Tools for Making Citrus Sangria

  • Large Pitcher - This 80-ounce pitcher is simple enough for everyday use and allows your drink to be the star of the show.
  • Citrus Juicer - This gets every last drop out, which means juicing fruit is so much easier.
  • Cheesecloth and Kitchen Twine - Use these to form a pouch for the spices so you don’t have to fish them out later. Filter bags for loose tea would work as well.

White wine sangria with orange juice spice mix


White Wine Sangria FAQ

What is triple sec?
It is a sweet liqueur with a concentrated orange flavor. There are a lot of low-quality versions that use extra sugar to mask poor flavor, so this is where you want to splurge for the best results.

Can I make white wine sangria ahead of time?
You can easily mix your citrus sangria up the night before! Just be sure to remove the spice packet before heading to bed or the flavor will be too strong. It should stay in the pitcher for no more than 2 hours total.
White wine sangria with orange juice pouring into pitcher


What other fruit can I add to a white wine sangria?
The options are a bit limited because of the added spices, but I think peaches would taste delicious! The fruit should be on the firmer side so it doesn’t disintegrate in the liquid, or simply add a splash of peach juice or schnapps.


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White wine sangria with orange juice

Yield: 1 pitcher
Author: Donna Elick
White Wine Sangria with Orange Juice

Citrus White Wine Sangria

Citrus White Wine Sangria is a refreshing addition to any spring brunch. Use this recipe and a few ingredients to make an orange sangria!

Prep time: 10 minutes   Inactive time: 2 hours   Total time: 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 (750 ml) bottle sweet white wine
  • 1 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1/2 cup triple sec (orange liqueur)
  • 2 oranges, thinly sliced
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • 5 whole cloves


  1. Pour the white wine, orange juice, and triple sec into a large pitcher. Add the oranges and cinnamon sticks.
  2. In a piece of cheesecloth that has been folded over 2 times, add the star anise and cloves. Tie with cooking twine to form a little package. Place into the pitcher and stir everything together.
  3. Refrigerate for 15 minutes, up to 2 hours to allow the spices infuse the wine. Take out the spice packet. Serve over ice with garnishes of more orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
  1. I used a Reisling but any white wine will do. I prefer sweeter wine for my sangria, but use your favorite variety. Pinot Grigio and Moscato are also great choices.

citrus sangria in a glass

Originally published April 2021

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