White Wine Sangria Recipe With Fresh Herbs

Diane Hoffmaster
by Diane Hoffmaster
8 servings
2 hr

If you are looking for a sweet, summer cocktail, try this white wine sangria recipe with fresh herbs. Using white wine makes homemade sangria a little lighter and fruitier, which is perfect for hot summer days.

white wine sangria in pitcher next to glass with homemade sangria in it

Fruity Sangria Is Perfect for Summer!

Nothing quite says summer like fresh fruit and herbs. Here in Georgia, the weather is HOT and I spent the weekend gardening, weeding, and cleaning the patio. Needless to say, today I am definitely feeling a bit sore and am just going to relax!

White wine sangria is a quick and easy summer cocktail recipe to enjoy on a hot summer day. The sweetness of the fresh fruit paired with the earthiness of the herbs combines into one very enjoyable cocktail. You can make up a whole pitcher at one time which makes inviting company over very easy.

If you are looking for a white wine sangria recipe, this one was delicious! I am going to give you a few tips about choosing the best wine and fruits so you can make it yourself.

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What do you need to make sangria at home?

If you are planning on having company over this summer and need to invest in some attractive barware, Check out my post on basic bar essentials, however if it's just YOU, a pitcher, stirring utensil and glass will work. And, of course, somewhere to chop up all that fruit.

Basic white wine sangria ingredients

  • Fresh fruit (about 4 cups or so)
  • White wine of choice
  • Brandy or Triple Sec
  • Agave nectar (optional) for added sweetness
  • Fresh herbs to balance the sweetness of the fruit (also optional but adds a nice depth of flavor)
bottle of white wine and glass of wine with strawberries on table

What is a good white wine for sangria?

There is no best wine for sangria so choosing the right wine isn't really that hard Honestly, it all depends on your personal tastes. If you are looking for a really sweet summer sangria, go with a Moscato. A sweet Reisling would also be a good choice.

If you prefer a sangria recipe that is a bit more on the dry side, use a Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. Since you are adding fruit, triple sec, etc to it, don't choose a really expensive bottle of wine. You don't want CHEAP wine, but don't go broke on it, either.

white wine with fresh rosemary in tall glass

What herbs should you use for this white sangria recipe?

This White Wine Sangria Recipe with Fresh Herbs is very flexible, depending on the fruits and herbs you have available to you. I thought the addition of basil sounded intriguing but you could stick to the classic mint flavor if that is more your style.

A sprig of fresh rosemary makes a beautiful stirring stick. It is incredibly aromatic as well as looking pretty!

Sugar syrup in a glass bowl on a white wooden background

How to sweeten sangria

If you prefer a sweeter sangria, you can use a number of things to it ranging from agave nectar or honey to a simple sugar syrup. Another option is to flavor your simple syrup with mint or make homemade ginger syrup.

Of course, the wine you choose will also make a big difference in how sweet your white sangria will be. While you COULD add a zero-calorie sweetener to cut calories in your drink, I tend to avoid them when possible. Check out Food and Wine for an easy simple syrup recipe.

easy white sangria with fruit and herbs

How to Serve Herb-Infused Sangrias

Reserve a bit of fresh fruit to put in the drink right before you serve it. Add a sliver of fresh fruit to the rim, a twist of lime or lemon zest, or a sprig of fresh rosemary. You can also top it with a tiny cutting of basil or mint.

If you are serving in a casual setting, serve in something simple like stemless wine glasses. Or, for a more elegant look serve it in something with a longer stem.

White Sangria with pineapple and basil in a pitcher and long stemmed glass

White Wine Sangria Recipe With Triple Sec and Fresh Herbs

Light and refreshing, this summer sangria recipe is infused with fresh herbs and plenty of tropical fruit. This white Sangria is made with white wine, triple sec, fresh fruit, and savory herbs.

If you like this white wine sangria recipe, you might also enjoy this  Strawberry Rhubarb Fizz!

Easy-Summer Cocktail Recipe Final

White Wine Sangria Recipe With Fresh Herbs
Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 2 Hours Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 2 hr
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  • 1 small pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped. About 2 cups
  • 2 mangos, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Asian pear, peeled and chopped
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • juice of one lemon
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup Triple Sec
  • 1 bottle dry white wine

Place chopped fruit (about 4 cups total) and basil in a glass bowl and pour Triple Sec over it.
Gently bruise the fruit with a wooden spoon or muddler. You don't want it smashed, just lightly bruised to release flavor
Let sit 15 minutes
Into a large glass pitcher, place the fruit/Triple Sec mixture, the lemon juice and the white wine.
Chill several hours to blend flavors
To serve, place crushed ice in a glass and top with Sangria. Add additional fresh fruit and basil if desired and enjoy!
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