Easy White Wine Sangria

Labor Day is just around the corner, and while, truth be told, I'm a little bummed, I'm using it as an excuse to make my white wine sangria one last time before the sun sets on my favorite season.

There's usually—ok, let's be honest, there's always— a bottle of white wine in my fridge, making sangria an easy drink choice for grilling out or staying in. The ingredients are simple: dry white wine, lemon-lime soda, sugar, and fresh fruit. You could use whatever fruit you have on hand or opt for strawberries and peaches from your local farmers' market. This time of year the fruit is so ripe and juicy, plus it's usually on sale because it's actually in season. 

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In nearly all Sangria recipes you'll see Brandy listed as an ingredient. Like wine, Brandy is distilled from fruit, but, honestly, I don't think it adds much to the flavor of Sangria—plus it requires a trip to the ABC store because of North Carolina's liquor laws. I've omitted it from this recipe, but if you find that it really is a game changer for you, by all means, add it in!

For the white wine in the recipe, you can use whatever you have on hand, but dry white wine tastes best. It balances out the sweetness from the sugar and the soda. If you're making this drink ahead of time, be sure to combine the fruit, sugar, and wine in a pitcher about 30 minutes to an hour ahead of time so that the fruit soaks up the liquid. Wait and add the soda right before serving so that it doesn't lose its carbonation. 

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I pile heaps of strawberries and peaches into my glass when serving. It looks beautiful and I have a built-in, booze-soaked snack at the end of every glass. 

Easy White Wine Sangria

PREP TIME: 10 minutes

SERVINGS: 4

DIFFICULTY: Easy

SANGRIA INGREDIENTS

  • 1 fresh peach or 1 cup frozen peaches 
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries 
  • 1 medium lemon
  • 1 chilled bottle (750 milliliters) dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or Chardonnay) 
  • 1 chilled 12 oz. can lemon-lime soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Ice for serving 

INSTRUCTIONS

Chop peaches and strawberries into cubes. Slice lemon. Mix sugar into a pitcher along with wine until it dissolves. Add fruit. Stir in lemon-lime soda and ice right before serving. Pour over ice. 

PIN FOR LATER

EASY WHITE WINE SANGRIA

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Kelley Brackett