This White Sangria Recipe is the best you will try! Blackberry brandy and amaretto, mixed with delicious wine and fruit make the most refreshing and delicious summer cocktail!
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Why This Recipe Works
- This white wine sangria recipe makes for the perfect refreshing cocktail at your party or summer BBQ. If you need a non alcoholic option, check out my refreshing Whiskey Sour Mocktail!
- This recipe is very flexible and you can play around with different fruits and levels of sweetness. If you love a fruity and delicious drink, be sure to check out this refreshing Dragon Fruit Drink.
- This drink is gorgeous! The colors of the fruit in a fun cocktail glass just make you feel so fancy!
- Toss in some of my homemade Bourbon Cherries!
Which white wine is best for sangria?
Generally, a dry white wine is going to work well as there is plenty of sweetness added from the amaretto and brandy components. Some great options to consider are:
- Pinot grigio
- Dry riesling
- Sauvignon blanc
Can I used uncorked wine?
Yes! Ever have one of those nights where you pop open a beautiful bottle of white wine only to find that you have enjoyed one or two glasses with a loved one and half the bottle is left? Wine tends not to be as fresh the more time it is left open, so turning this tragedy into an opportunity is what sangria is all about. Adding in the delicious fruit, amaretto and brandy to that wine to make a delicious and refreshing sangria recipe the next day works wonderfully. You won’t notice any difference in the white wine once it is all mixed together!
What type of brandy to use?
This recipe calls for blackberry brandy which is a slightly sweeter, fruit flavored brandy version. Hiram Walker Blackberry Brandy, DeKuyper Blackberry Brandy and Leroux Blackberry Brandy are all good choices for quality brands. If you don’t have any blackberry brandy on hand, you can also use blackberry syrup.
You can also use peach brandy, apricot brandy or any other fruit flavored brandy you might enjoy. Making this recipe with regular brandy will be slightly less sweet. If you choose regular brandy, you can play with the sweetness level by adding more amaretto or using sprite instead of soda water. It might also be just perfect for you if you like your drinks less sweet. Don’t be afraid to play around!
Can I use this recipe to make red wine sangria?
Absolutely! This recipe works well with both red wine and white wine sangria. Feel free to check out my Red Wine Sangria recipe. With red wine, you might want to mix up the fruit choices with a little more citrus vs. berry and can play with your ratio of sparkling water for a refreshing summer treat.
What type of fruit to use?
Sangria is a very flexible recipe and the sky is the limit when it comes to fruit. A more traditional sangria might include lemons, limes and green apples. However, you can also use oranges, strawberries, any berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries), peaches, white peaches or cherries. Have fun and experiment with fruit combinations that you enjoy!
Do I serve this over ice?
That is personal preference. If you make your sangria the night before and put everything in the refrigerator overnight, you may not want to serve over ice and can just add a splash of sparkling water and you are good to go! However, if you make your sangria right before your party or summer bbq, you can pour the sangria mixture over ice, take a taste test and then add your sparkling water accordingly. Some of your ice will melt so you may not add as much sparkling water.
Should I add sparkling water or Sprite?
I prefer to use sparkling water with this recipe because the amaretto and brandy add a good amount of sweetness. However, sweetness preference varies widely so you may chose to use sprite or ginger ale if you like you drinks sweeter. You can also add a little less brandy or amaretto and add sprite instead for some added sweetness. Also, if you don’t use a flavored brandy and you use regular brandy, adding sprite for some extra sweetness might be a good option.
How long will it last with fruit?
You can definitely keep your sangria overnight. The fruit will start to break down but is usually good for about 24 hours. Anything over that is personal preference. Sturdier fruit, such as apples or citrus fruit, will last longer. Whereas, berries will break down more quickly.
If I don’t have amaretto, can I use simple syrup?
Yes. Amaretto is a sweet Italian liqueur that originated in Saronno, Italy. Disaronno Amaretto is typically the most popular brand you will see and it is delicious! It is syrupy and has an almond flavor. If you don’t have amaretto, you can use simple syrup instead. Simple syrup is sugar dissolved in water. You can buy at most stores in the liquor section or on Amazon here. It is also delciious with Demerara Syrup which imparts a delicious caramel toffee flavor.
If you want to make simple syrup yourself, simply (no pun intended!) combine equal parts water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.
If you don’t have amaretto or simple syrup, you can use sprite insead of sparkling water if you want some extra sweetness. The beauty of sangria is that it is very flexible and usually always tastes delicious!
Can I order wine delivered to my house?
I’ll be honest, I never thought I could get down with a wine subscription service. I always thought, “why would I do that if I can just go to the store and pick my own wines?” Well, fast forward to now. I took the leap when I received a deal that I just couldn’t refuse, so I tried it out. SOLD! I ended up trying multiple different wines that I never would have thought to try. I now have super fun wines on hand that I bust out whenever I have family parties. Everyone is always excited to try something new.
If you think you might want to check out a wine subscription service, here are a few fun ones you can check out:
- Palate Club (Personally Curated Wine Experiences)
- SomMailier (Remarkable Wines from Hidden Corners of France)
- Pure Wine (Wine with no headaches!?)
- Cellars Wine Club (Custom Wine Experiences and Gifts)
Looking for other delicious cocktail ideas?
- Red Wine Sangria
- Strawberry Vodka
- White Chocolate Liqueur
- Tres Leches Cocktail
- Vodka Margarita
- Cherry Manhattan
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Best White Sangria Recipe
- 1 cup dry white wine Examples: pinot grigio, dry riesling, sauvignon blanc
- 1/4 cup blackberry brandy
- 1/4 cup amaretto
- 1/2 cup seltzer, sparkling or soda water (add to your taste) Can use Sprite or ginger ale if you like sweeter flavor
- optional – Serve over ice
- 1/2 cup fruit of choice
- Combine white wine, blackberry brandy and amaretto and stir thoroughly.
- Add fruit.
- Add seltzer, sparkling or soda water to your desired sweetness.