Recipe : Fruit and White Wine Cocktail – “White Wine Sangria”

This recipe should go under the “Drinks for a Crowd” category, as it’s made in a big jug, using a whole bottle of white wine. However, we aren’t having any crowds over these days (for future readers, this is being written during the second Covid summer) but that’s ok because a batch of this can be mixed up at the beginning of a weekend and enjoyed over a couple of days. In fact, the mixture gets better the longer it sits. So, it makes a perfect party drink, as well as something to keep in the fridge and drink over a few days. I’ve had it last for 3 days and it honestly still tasted good at the end. The thing to do to make it last is to hold back on adding the sparkling water until serving time. Or, of course, the recipe can be cut in half.

The reason I have “White Wine Sangria” in quotation marks is that Sangria is traditionally made with red wine — the word “sang” is latin for blood, hence a red drink being given such a name — gross but true. Making it with White Wine changes the colour, so theoretically should change the name, too.

Using white wine makes a fresher lighter tasting drink perfect for the hot sunny days of summer.

In addition to the wine, it calls for some white rum, chopped fruit, fruit juice, sugar and sparkling water (soda water).

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Here’s how to make it :


Fruit and White Wine Cocktail – aka “White Wine Sangria”

  • 1 – 750 ml bottle of white wine – about 3 1/4 cups, dry or sweet
  • 1/2 cup white rum (118 ml)
  • 3/4 cup fruit juice (177 ml) – orange juice works well but so does any light coloured fruit juice like apple mango pineapple.
  • About a cup and a half of chopped fruit, including any combination of berries (I used strawberries) and stone fruit (I used cherries and peaches). Apples and tropical fruits work well, too.
  • A Sweet Citrus fruit, including an orange, mandarin or tangerine, sliced with peel on, and cut into quarters if they’re big.
  • Part of a Sour Citrus fruit – about 1/2 a lemon or lime, cut as above.
  • About 1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste. The amount you add is based on the sweetness of the wine you use and how sweet you like your drink.
  • 1 to 2 cups sparkling water (aka soda water)

Mix everything except sparkling water into a large jug and stir to dissolve sugar, or, for ease, dissolve sugar into juice then combine. This mixture can sit in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

Since sparkling water loses its bubbles after a while, add it when you’re ready to drink it. If serving right away at a party, either add it directly to the jug, (start with one cup and add more if you think it needs it) or offer the sparkling water separately, to be added to suit individual tastes.

Pour over ice cubes in a glass rather than adding ice to the jug, as that will water down your mixture.


A Fruit and White Wine Cocktail “White Wine Sangria” — Drinks for a party or to be enjoyed over several days.

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        Thanks for checking out my recipe. I hope you try it!

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