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My husband is an avid football fan so we entertain a lot during the season. This means lengthy parties—often starting in the afternoon and running well into the evening—with hearty appetizers, lots of chips and plenty of adult beverages. The thing is… I’ve never been much of a beer drinker and I’ve noticed that as we’ve gotten older that friends and family who come to these parties reach for wine and other fun party drinks.
Enter this white wine sangria recipe inspired by the time my husband and I drank so, so much of it during a most festive and memorable trip to Barcelona before my daughter was born. It’s not too sweet, has simple ingredients and can be made in bulk for a party rather easily. Plus, the wine is diluted by sparkling water or ginger ale which means you can sip it with more stamina over the course of a long game.
The simple truth is that if you’re going to make a white wine sangria recipe, the best wine for sangria is one that is good and at a reasonable price. That’s where Frontera Wines come into play because they are good value with great taste and exceptional quality and without a high price tag. Frontera Wines have also won numerous medals from international wine competitions. And, to make things extra convenient, they come in a 1.5 L size (the equivalent of two standard wine bottles).
What I would recommend you do if hosting a crowd, especially in today’s calorie-conscious world, is create a little sangria bar by keeping a large container of alcohol and fruit mixed together. Then, let the guests top it off with the mixer of their choice: sparkling water or ginger ale. Sparkling water can help dilute the calories in wine. But, here is how to make sangria in its entirety and then you can decide how to handle it at the party.
White Wine Sangria Recipe
- One 1.5 L bottle or two 750ml bottles of Frontera Chardonnay (Sauvignon Blanc would work, too, if you like dry white wine)
- 1L sparkling water or ginger ale
- 1 cup of orange liqueur (like Cointreau)
- 4+ sliced green apples
- 1 bunch of mint
- Pour wine and orange liqueur into the container.
- Add in whole mint leaves and sliced apples and stir.
- Pour in sparkling water or ginger ale if serving a big batch right away.
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Tips for Serving Sangria at a Party
If I had it my way, I’d double the recipe as my 1.25-gallon container can easily handle 4 bottles wine. Then, I would leave mixers, sprigs of mint, tongs should people want to dig out a few apples, and glassware on the side. This way you’re also not busy whipping up new batches all of the time as your container empties nor are you worried the about the sangria losing fizz.
I find it’s always best to leave directions near self-serve cocktail stations. Because after a few drinks… people tend to forget things like how to make sangria, plus you don’t want to be pouring drinks the entire time for everyone. Football games are long.
I also have taken to slicing many things, including apples, with a ceramic mandolin. They look cool like this when floating in the glass jar. Unless you give them a dip in lemon, they will brown if you try to serve them a la carte which is why I would let people dig them out of the jar (or not).
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See also: Easy Red Wine Sangria Recipe