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Summer Sangria

Summer Sangria

Summer Sangria

by | Aug 29, 2017

It’s a bit of a contradiction for sangria, which is named for its blood-red color, to be made with white wine, but once you’ve tasted this summery thirst quencher you’ll agree that doesn’t matter a bit.

I’m typically more of a red wine gal, but now I choose to make sangria with a combination of crisp white wine, rum and schnapps, just like my mother-in-law does. The first time I had white wine sangria was on a family vacation at the beach. My mother-in-law was in the kitchen cutting up an array of fruits, and I was just headed out the door for my morning jog. She had a bottle of white wine and schnapps sitting out and I thought to myself, “That is a strange breakfast, but hey, it is vacation.” When I returned there was a huge pitcher in the refrigerator of clear, bubbly liquid and lots of fruit. She told me it was white sangria and it had to sit for a while but should be ready after lunch.

After my first sip of her white wine–based sangria, I was completely hooked. Pieces of peach, kiwi and raspberries were the perfect match for the crisp Sauvignon Blanc. It was incredibly refreshing and cool, and I just loved that bubbly goodness.

In my opinion it’s more difficult to build flavor into red sangria; it can be done, but the variations tend to lean toward wintry flavors, spices and fruits that can machete their way through the round fruit and robustness of the red wine. I find that white sangria is a much kinder canvas. Feel free to use Prosecco, Mascato or Rosé instead of Sauvignon Blanc for a more delicate palate. You can also use soda water or ginger ale instead of Sprite. If you don’t like peaches, kiwi or raspberries, switch it up and use oranges, strawberries or mango. The combinations on this cocktail are endless.

The idea is to create a wine punch that matches your taste. Really, the only mistake you can make with white sangria is chugging too much on a hot sunny day. It’s refreshing stuff, yes, but it’ll still get you intoxicated.

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Summer Sangria
A white wine–based sangria packed with peach, kiwi and raspberries is a sophisticated thirst quencher.
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except ice in a large pitcher. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Add ice; serve immediately.

About The Author

Sandi Grigg

Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina, Sandi always dreamed of living on the coast. In her youth, she was always by the water; she was raised tending a big garden and stomping around in the creek. She spent her adolescent days on a Jet Ski or fishing on Lake James, N.C., and she and her friends would camp and hike the Linville Gorge. Attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte she felt like she was getting out of my small-town box and living the city life; at the same time, she was getting a little closer to the ocean. Moving to Wilmington has been a dream come true, and the life she has created has been a blessing. She enjoys kayaking the Cape Fear, fishing the shores of Carolina Beach, and picking up seashells and shark’s teeth wherever she is. At home, she loves to cook and play with her dogs in the backyard. She also enjoys DIY home improvement endeavors. No outdoor shower, fire pit or flower bed is too big of a job! Being a part of the North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine team has taught Sandi that you really can enjoy your career.

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