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White sangria, a refreshing twist on the classic red sangria, brings a summer twist to your social gatherings. If the traditional recipe is to marinate pieces of fresh fruit in red wine mixed with lemonade, sparkling water, sugar, spices, and sometimes liqueur, to obtain a red cocktail, white sangria is stands out by replacing red wine with white wine, while retaining most of the other ingredients. This recipe can be adapted according to your preferences and the fruits available. You have the option of adding vodka, gin, lemon liqueur or Grand Marnier for more flavor.
When considering making a white sangria, the choice of white wine plays a vital role in the flavor and balance of your cocktail. A dry white wine is preferable because it provides a light and fruity base, ideal for complementing the other ingredients. Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer are recommended for their exotic notes which will go very well with the cocktail. You can also start with drier chardonnay which will attenuate the sometimes too sweet side of the sangria.
Ingredients for a pitcher of sangria:
- 75 cl of dry white wine (such as pinot gris or gewürztraminer)
- 60g of sugar
- 2 ripe peaches, pitted and sliced
- 150g fresh raspberries
- 10 cl of gin
- 25 cl of peach juice
- 25 cl of sparkling water
- Ice cubes
- Mint leaves for garnish
1. In a pitcher, mix the dry white wine and the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
2. Add sliced peaches and fresh raspberries to the wine mixture.
3. Stir in the gin to add flavor to the sangria.
4. Pour the peach juice into the pitcher to enhance the fruity flavor.
5. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and allow the sangria to sit for at least 3 hours, or even overnight, to allow the flavors to blend seamlessly.
6. Just before serving, add the sparkling water to bring freshness and effervescence to the sangria. Stir gently to mix the ingredients well.
7. Prepare glasses with ice cubes. Pour the peach and raspberry sangria into the glasses. Garnish each glass with a mint leaf.