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 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.
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.