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!
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.
- 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.
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.
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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 citrus sangria ahead of time?
You can absolutely mix up the orange sangria the night before! Just be sure to remove the spice packet before heading to bed; otherwise, the flavor will be too strong. The spices should stay in the pitcher for no longer than 2 hours total.
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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Orange White Wine Sangria
- 750 ml sweet white wine, 1 bottle
- 1 cup orange juice, fresh squeezed
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 2 oranges, thinly sliced
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 3 star anise
- 5 whole cloves
- Pour the white wine, orange juice, and triple sec into a large pitcher. Add the oranges and cinnamon sticks.
- In a piece of cheesecloth that has been folded over 2 times, add the star anise and cloves. Tie with cotton twine to form a little package. Place into the pitcher and stir everything together.
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes, or up to 2 hours, to allow the spices to infuse the wine. Remove and discard the spice packet. Serve over ice with garnishes of more orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published April 2021
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