Classic sangrias are made with red wine—and I’ve certainly had my fair share of red sangria. In fact, I often make a batch of my Pomegranate Red Wine Sangria when I’m entertaining. But I’m also a tiny bit rebellious—I like to break the rules and just enjoy what I enjoy. I’ve gotta go with what I’m feeling, not waste time worrying about what I should and shouldn’t do. That’s no fun! When you’re with friends, you don’t have to face any judgment from anyone else, either… so grab some friends and try something a little bit different. It’s my all-time favorite summer drink: White Wine Sangria.

White Sangria

Sangria is Equal Parts Joy and Friendship

My Argentinian sister Alejandra threw an amazing Fourth of July party last year. Even though we had to socially distance in her backyard, no one seemed to be too bothered by it. Why? Because we were all sipping on this extra special White Sangria, and trust me—it just made everything better. To me, sangria means joy and friendship. Everyone loves to see the fruity goodness in a decorative glass decanter. Everyone will gather around, and the sangria will disappear—like magic!

What’s the best wine to use for White Wine Sangria?

This classic Spanish punch is typically made with red or white wine. You have probably seen the red wine version more often, but the white wine version is at least as delicious. My go-to wine choice for this recipe is a white Rioja from Spain—but a dry, crisp Pinot Grigio or Savignon blanc tastes really good, too.

What’s the best food to serve with White Wine Sangria?

The red wine version pairs perfectly with empanadas, grilled steaks, sausage with peppers, or seafood paella. This version also pairs well with empanadas, grilled steak, and paella. It’s also delicious alongside pineapple marinated chicken and grilled veggies.

Summer Fruit is Delicious and Looks Gorgeous in a White Wine Sangria

I used to always go for the red, but the white wine sangria took me by surprise. I honestly drink more of this version—the white wine and fresh fruit are the perfect combo for warm weather and summer days. It’s gorgeous too—especially when served in a glass beverage dispenser or glass pitcher. You can see each colorful piece of fruit inside. It’s tantalizing! My favorite way to serve this sangria is effervescent: give it a little sparkle with a splash of sparkling water just before serving. And keep plenty of forks on hand! Your guests will want one to enjoy the fruit as well. 

Red and white Sangria
Mary’s Favorite White Wine Sangria Recipe

Mary’s Favorite White Wine Sangria Recipe

Red sangria may be tried and true, but my White Wine Sangria is a hidden gem. Even more refreshing and beautiful than its classic counterpart, this white sangria will impress all the guests at your next get together.


Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 1 pear, skin on, cut into wedges
  • 1 peach, peeled, cut into wedges
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, skin on, cored and cut into wedges
  • 2 bottles white Rioja or another dry white wine from Spain
  • ½ cup Calvados or other apple liquor
  • ½ cup simple syrup or more to taste
  • Sparkling water for topping off glasses when serving
  • 1 pint of blackberries for garnish


  1. Make the simple syrup: Combine the sugar and water in a saucepot. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, turn off the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. You will have more simple syrup than you need. The quantity you are making will yield about 1¼ cups, but you only need ½ cup for this recipe. Just store any remaining syrup in the refrigerator and plan your next cocktail! Simple syrup can be stored for up to a month in the fridge.
  2. Place the limes, lemons, pear, peach, and apples in a large pitcher. Add the wine and apple liquor, then add simple syrup to taste. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for several hours before serving.
  3. When you’re ready to serve, spoon the fruit into your serving glasses and fill each glass ¾ full with sangria. Top off each glass with sparkling water and garnish with fresh blackberries.
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May 26, 2022 — Mary DiSomma