How many times online have you seen people advertise “the best” or “the perfect” recipe? These labels have become so ubiquitous that often I find myself looking at recipe ratings (out of 5 stars) and ignoring the titles altogether when searching for a good recipe.
When looking for a sangria recipe, I found myself stuck, because I did not have time (read “willpower”) to return to the grocery store to procure all the right ingredients. So, instead, I took what I had and devised a general recipe for “adequate” white sangria in case you want to make this tasty refreshment in a pinch.
(list in order of importance)
The first ingredients will come to define the flavor of your sangria. It is important to add the ingredients in order and measure out your “fruit-flavored liqueur” and “something bubbly” to taste.
- 1 bottle of white wine (750 ml)
- Any white wine that you have available. We’re doing this in a pinch; we can make this work!
- 1/2 cup orange juice (~2 oranges) OR another fruity juice (like peach or grape)
- 2-3 tbsp fruit-flavored liqueur (like triple sec, peach schnapps, etc.) OR clear liquor (vodka, gin, rum…probably not tequila)
- 1/2 – 1 cup something bubbly (club soda, Sprite/ 7 Up, prosecco, sparkling water all work! Tastes, of course, WILL vary)
The fruit stuffs
Fruit flavors help make the sangria. Use at least one of the below fruits (more is better).
- 1 cup of berries
- Strawberries (sliced), blueberries, blackberries, raspberries — all work! If you don’t have berries — skip them! Berries will NOT make or break your sangria.
- 1 apple or peach — peeled and thinly sliced
- If you are lucky enough to possess both an apple and a peach, consider slicing half of each or using all of both! If you don’t have apples or peaches — don’t sweat it! Ain’t nobody drinking sangrias for their nutritional content.
- 1 tbsp lemon or lime juice (~1 lemon or lime)
- 1/2 orange — thinly sliced (don’t peel)
- Simple Syrup or white sugar (if your resulting concoction is not sweet enough for your palate)
Because the recipe is loose — again, your results (and perceived success) WILL vary. (Don’t rate this recipe… lol). Also, for this reason, it is important that you add the ingredients in order and taste often, to make sure that you end up with something you like 🙂
- Add the bottle of white wine, orange juice, and your liquor or “fruit-flavored liqueur” to a pitcher
- Add your “something bubbly” to taste (you may want to reserve some to help balance out the flavor at the end)
- Add fruits (berries, apple/ peach)
- Add the “totally-optionals” to taste (lemon/ lime juice, orange slices [mostly for aesthetic purposes], sugar/ simple syrup, also, more of your “fruit-flavored liqueur” or “something bubbly” if desired)
- Stir well (especially if you end up adding white sugar)
- Let the pitcher chill in the refrigerator for 2-6 hours
- Berries will lose their coloring after a few hours FYI, so the longer you wait is not always the better
- Stir before serving
- I hope your creation is equal parts boozy and refreshing