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.
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.
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.
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.
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 it’s own. Sangria is also not the reason to use a 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.
How to Serve 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.
How to Make Winter White Sangria
Winter Sangria is a sparkling beverage full of winter fruits and spice. Perfect for any celebration.
- 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.