Sangria is one of those alcoholic drinks that can easily be enjoyed year ’round. (Well, for me and plenty of people I know, that logic applies to a lot of alcoholic drinks.)
Whether it’s a rich, red winter concoction with spices and citrus or a refreshing summery sipper, sangria is extremely customizable to your mood — and to whatever fruit and booze you have on hand. Score a bunch of strawberries at the farmers market? Grab a bottle of wine and a splash of brandy, top it off with club soda and you’ve got sangria. It’s that easy.
Red wine is too heavy for me when it’s warm, so I whipped up this recipe for a fresh, fruity (but not too fruity) white sangria that uses some of my favorite seasonal ingredients: cucumber, melon and mint. It’s less sweet than a typical sangria, although you can change that if you want by using a rosé or sweeter white wine.
A lot of sangria recipes call for sugar, fruit juice or a bunch of syrupy liqueurs, and I just don’t think that’s necessary, Fruit is sweet enough on its own! However, if you’re looking for more flavor, some fresh-squeezed juice or a half-ounce per pitcher of Midori or Limoncello would sweeten it up. You can also add ginger to your fruit (strain it out before serving), or top off each glass with a flavored sparkling water (I’m obsessed with all of LaCroix’s flavors) or your favorite soda (I like Fentinmans ginger beer and rose lemonade).
Cucumber-Melon White Sangria
Cool down with this not-so-sweet sangria using white wine and seasonal fruits and veggies.
- 1 bottle dry white wine (try Riesling, Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc)
- ½ small honeydew or canteloupe, peeled and sliced or diced
- ¼ seedless cucumber, sliced, plus more for garnish
- ½ lime, sliced, plus more for garnish
- 4 mint leaves
- Splash of juice, Limoncello or Midori (if desired)
- Club soda or sparkling water
- Mix all ingredients except for club soda in a pitcher or punch bowl.
- Refrigerate 2-4 hours, removing the mint about 30 minutes in.
- Pour sangria into glasses over ice (if desired) and top off with a splash of sparkling water or club soda.
- Garnish with cucumber and/or lime slices.
What are your go-to sangria ingredients?1