This delicious winter cocktail is one of my favorite white sangria recipes. It’s bursting with winter flavors like cranberries, pomegranates and cinnamon.
This post was sponsored by Torani. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
What is Sangria?
Sangria is one of my all time favorite cocktails. It’s a Spanish drink that usually consists of red wine, a sweet juice or other beverage and fruit. And, lots and lots of fresh fruit.
Sangria is usually made by the pitcher using an entire bottle of wine. It’s often made several hours before being served so that the fresh fruit can soak up all of the delicious wine flavors.
While this cocktail is usually a summer time staple, it can easily be updated to fit any season, flavor or occasion.
What Kind of Wine Should You Use?
Classic sangria recipes use red wines, since the word “sangria” translates to “blood”. You can use any kind of red wine that you like. I tend to use fruitier varieties such as a Merlot or Zinfandel.
But there are no hard and fast rules, which is why white sangria recipes are so popular. For a white sangria, I like to use a light fruity wine, such as Moscato, Pinot Grigio or Sauvingnon Blanc.
Bottom line, use the wines you like.
Why White Sangria Recipes Work
As much as I love a good red sangria, I’m starting to fall in love with white sangrias. I love the fruitiness of them and they are so crisp and light. I’ve found that that white sangria recipes also allow the fruit flavors to shine through.
What Kind of Fruit Should You Use?
One of the best things about sangria is it’s incredible versatile. Not only can you use wines of your choosing, you can also add the fruit that you like best. My favorite fruits to use in sangria are:
- Oranges and other citrus
A great rule of thumb is to use the fruit flavors that are present in the wine you are using. But feel free to step outside of the box and use more exotic flavors like melon, watermelon, tropical fruits, cranberries or pomegranate. I would, however, stay away from bananas. They texture doesn’t hold up very well when left to soak in the wine.
Another tip when selecting fruits for sangria is to use frozen fruit. Not only is frozen fruit a timesaver, but it keeps your sangria chilly without watering it down.
How to Make this Easy Sangria Recipe
This easy sangria recipe is a great winter cocktail. The ingredients include:
- Torani Pomegranate syrup
- Pomegranate arils
I love using Torani syrups in cocktail recipes like this holiday sangria punch. They offer a delicious concentrated flavor without watering down the wine. Torani has so many flavors to choose from. Depending on the flavor, you can even get sugar free options. You can check out their full line up here.
Tools Used to Make This Recipe
Large Pitcher: This shatterproof pitcher is perfect for indoors or out.
Wine Opener: This professional (but affordable) one makes a great gift!
Apple Slicer: This makes the job so much easier!
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- 2 750 ml bottles white wine, use your favorite variety
- 1 cup Torani Pomegranate syrup
- 2 oranges, Sliced thin
- 2 apples, chopped
- 1 cup cranberries
- 1 cup pomegranate arils
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 cups sparkling cider
- Rosemary sprigs for garnish
- In a large pitcher, combine the wine, pomegranate syrup, oranges, apples, cranberries, pomegranate arils and cinnamon sticks.
- Chill for at least four hours.
- Stir in the sparkling cider.
- Serve with rosemary sprigs for garnish.