Winter White Sangria Recipe

Winter Sangria

This Winter White Sangria Recipe is a festive and sparkly drink to show off the fruits and spices that are the stars of the season.

Winter White Sangria

Although we usually think of Sangria as a summer drink, a winter white sangria is a perfect seasonal drink for entertaining. Making the most of the winter fruits; oranges, cranberries, apples, and pears. This sangria recipe also showcases the warm winter spices of ginger, cinnamon, and star anise.

Winter Sangria

About Sangria

Sangria is the Spanish word for “blood” because red wine was originally used to make it. The drink probably dates back to the middle ages, but it became popular in North America when it was served in New York at the 1964 World’s Fair. I found this Sangria info, and more, here.

Winter Sangria

What’s in The Sangria?

Sangria is a wine-based drink, and you can use either red or white wine. With the wine as a base, you can use any kind of fruit, a liqueur, if desired, or juice and other flavourings. Sometimes, a sweetener is added, too, depending on how dry the wine used for a base is.

Winter Sangria

The Wine for Sangria

Because of the mix in’s, Sangria is not the reason to use a complex, expensive wine. Save that for sipping on its own or with a meal. But, do still use a wine that you would drink on its own. Sangria is also not a reason to use bad wine.  A dry, fruity wine works best as your base, and it can be red, white, rose, or even, as in this recipe, sparkling.

The Fruit for Sangria

I used winter fruits, which can be eaten, and the fruit will taste amazing after soaking in wine, liqueur, and spices. Although, you may not want to eat the cranberries, which are very tart. They are mainly there for garnish, just because they add a festive touch.

2 glasses of white sangria with cranberries, apple slices, orange segments, cinnamon sticks, and star anise

How to Serve Winter White Sangria

Speaking of eating the sangria fruit, it’s a nice idea to serve it with cocktail forks for that purpose. A punch bowl it a great way to serve your fruity concoction, but a large, clear pitcher works, too.

Looking for more cocktails? Try a Greyhound, a delicious grapefruit drink, or a Caesar, Canada’s cocktail.


Winter Sangria

Winter White Sangria

Winter Sangria is a sparkling beverage full of winter fruits and spice. Perfect for any celebration.
4.9 from 19 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Beverages
Servings 8 servings
Calories 201 kcal


  • 1 apple cored, and sliced
  • 1 red anjou pear cored and sliced
  • 4 mandarin oranges peeled segmented
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 star anise
  • 2 tbsp candied ginger chopped
  • 1 cup orange liqueur
  • 26 oz dry sparkling white wine 1 bottle
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Stir together all ingredients except wine in a covered jar and allow to sit overnight or a least 2 hours in the fridge.
  • Just before serving, add ice to a pitcher or punch bowl, pour in fruit mixture, and  top up with sparkling wine


This recipe doesn't contain any added sweeteners, as it's meant to be a dry beverage. If you prefer it sweeter, stir in some honey or maple syrup before adding the wine.


Serving: 1gCalories: 201kcalCarbohydrates: 27gSodium: 83mgPotassium: 236mgFiber: 3gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 310IUVitamin C: 14.8mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 0.9mg
Keyword apples, Cranberries, oranges, pears, wine
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16 thoughts on “Winter White Sangria Recipe

  1. I love Sangria and this variation on making it perfect for winter! I had never though about adjusting sangria for other seasons before!

  2. I haven’t had sangria in ages, but I’m a big fan—so, I’ll definitely have to give your version a go. I’ve never tried sparkling white wine as a base, but it sounds absolutely delicious, especially with the addition of the orange liqueur and those wonderful spices! I love your idea of serving this sangria with cocktail forks so that everyone can enjoy the fruit. This may just be my new New Year’s Eve cocktail!

  3. I am just loving all the festive flavors in this sangria. Back in my drinking days, I used to love sangria! This would be perfect for a holiday party!

  4. Definitely making your version of white sangria! Perfect for my NY Eve party! The colors are perfect and I’m sure it tastes amazing!

    1. Hi Abigail, the holidays do call for festive and delicious. This one really fits the bill, and it is always a hit. Thanks for stopping by, and Happy New Year!

  5. This sangria looks so festive! Perfect for our open house on new year’s day! Would it be ok to make the night before?

    1. Hi Sandra, yes it’s even better made the night before. Just don’t add the bubbly wine and ice until right before serving, of course. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

  6. Oh this is so great! I always equate sangria with summer but these flavors definitely are all winter. I think I’ll make some for our NYE party!

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