White Christmas Sangria
Sweet and festive, this white sangria recipe is full of Christmas cheer! Easy to make for a crowd, and make non-alcoholic for the kids!
Enjoy your holiday with a festive Christmas sangria!
Tis the season for festive drinks! Around here, we usually stick to wine, beer, or some bourbon on the rocks, but every now and then we want something more Christmas-y, and that can be made on a scale large enough to serve everyone. Sangria is always a crowd-pleaser, but I wanted something with Christmas colors, and that would be light and sweet enough for everyone to enjoy.
This white Christmas sangria is made easily with just a few ingredients.
WHAT ALCOHOL IS IN SANGRIA?
Traditionally, sangria is a punch made of primarily wine and fruit. Sometimes other liquids like fruit juice and brandy will be added as well. This recipe is a spin on white sangria, which is made using white wine instead of the traditional red.
HOW DO YOU MAKE SANGRIA?
Sangria has a reputation for being mysterious and a little difficult to make, but it’s really simple! Just mix together your fruit and liquids (usually a mix of wine and juice), and let it chill. That’s the secret to a great sangria; it’s all in the chill. If you stir together sangria ingredients and take a drink right away it won’t taste bad… but it won’t taste all that good either. You want the fruit to infuse into the sangria so it gets sweet and mellow.
HOW DO YOU KEEP SANGRIA COLD?
Sangria is definitely best when it’s chilled, so you want to find a way to keep it that way while you’re sipping on it. You could use ice cubes, but they can dilute the drink as they melt, so here are my two favorite options. Freeze some white grape juice or apple juice into cubes, and use those as ice cubes. Or, freeze some extra fruit! Spread grapes, apples and cranberries on a wax paper lined baking sheet and freeze about an hour. Then transfer them to an airtight container and keep them frozen until ready to serve.
HOW LONG WILL SANGRIA LAST IN THE REFRIGERATOR?
The fruit will start to go bad before the wine and juice, so plan to drink it all within 1-3 days.
PRO TIPS FOR MAKING CHRISTMAS SANGRIA:
- Use whatever white wine you normally drink. No need to go out and get something crazy fancy or expensive.
- Feel free to switch up the fruits you use. I chose the grapes, apples and cranberries for the red and green colors.
- If you prefer a less-sweet sangria, you can use more wine, up to 2 bottles, and keep the rest of the ingredients the same.
- See the section below the recipe for the non-alcoholic recipe instructions.
OTHER HOLIDAY DRINKS:
- Nutella Crockpot Hot Chocolate
- 5 Minute Blender Eggnog
- Mexican Hot Chocolate
- Pear Pomegranate Bellini
- Irish Coffee with Baileys Whipped Cream
SHOP THE RECIPE:
- Glass Pitcher – One of my favorite pitchers!
- Stemless wine glass – I own several of these sets, and they’re great for parties!
Sweet and festive, this white sangria recipe is full of Christmas cheer!
- 1 bottle (25 oz) white wine (I usually use pinot grigio)
- 1 bottle (25 oz) sparkling white grape juice or sparkling apple cider
- 3/4 cup cranberries, whole
- 1/3 cup cranberries, halved
- 1/2 cup seedless green grapes, halved
- 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped
- 2 - 3 rosemary sprigs
- club soda, to top off drinks
- light corn syrup, for glasses
- coconut flakes, for glasses
Add all ingredients except club soda, corn syrup and coconut flakes to a large pitcher and stir to combine.
Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or more.
Drizzle some light corn syrup in a shallow bowl, and add some coconut flakes to another shallow bowl. Dip the rims of stemless wine glasses in the corn syrup, then into the coconut flakes.
Serve the chilled sangria in the prepared glasses, making sure to get some fruit in each glass. Garnish with another rosemary sprig if desired, and top each glass off with a splash of club soda for some extra bubbles!
Serves 4-6 people, and can easily be multiplied to accommodate larger party sizes.
TO MAKE NON-ALCOHOLIC
- replace the wine with another bottle of sparkling grape juice or sparkling apple cider
Inspired by CakenKnife’s recipe