Sangria is a fruit-based wine punch predominately from Spain and Portugal, and it is just the thing on a hot summer's day. Not only is it very refreshing but there are so many different ways to make it. Both white and red versions are very popular.
We decided to go with a white version, or sangria blanca, for our July 4th celebration. We love sangria because it is not too heavy and you can adapt it to any fruit you may have on hand. You can also add as much, or as little alcohol as you want, and you can vary the soda to make a completely different taste. We used seltzer water but you could also try club soda, lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, a flavored mineral water, or even an orange-based soda. Like I said, the possibilities are endless.
After mixing up the basics we placed it in the refrigerator overnight. You can serve it straight away over ice, but I prefer to let the flavors muddle a little. Once we were ready to serve we added the additional fruit and the soda.
Tropical White Sangria
- 1 x 1.5 liter bottle of white wine - I used a moscato
- ½ cup white sugar, dissolved in a little hot water
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup pineapple
- 3 oranges, sliced
- 2 lemons, sliced into wedges
- 2 limes, sliced into wedges
- 10 strawberries, cut in half
- 6 lychee, peeled, seeded, and cut in half
- 3 x 355 ml cans club soda or spritzer water
- Pour wine in the pitcher.
- Lightly squeeze the juice from the lemon and lime wedges by hand into the pitcher.
- Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and orange slices and add sugar.
- Add the orange juice and pineapple juice - stir.
- Chill overnight.
- Add strawberries and lychee.
- Add club soda or seltzer just before serving.
- If you'd like to serve right away, use chilled white wine and serve over lots of ice.
- Addition ideas - peaches, handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot of cointreau, brandy or rum, a cup of citrus-flavored soda.
Recipe adapted from a sangria recipe on About.com