White Citrus Sangria

This is my go-to drink for a fair-weather party. It’s so easy to make, and actually gets better the longer it sits in the fridge- make it hours ahead of time, and you get to tick a box off of your pre-party checklist.

I love how “non-recipe” this drink can be. If I happen to have a good amount of leftover wine in the fridge (which admittedly doesn’t happen too often…) I’ll grab a pitcher for the wine, add a fruity liqueur, toss in some fruit, squeeze a little citrus, and voila. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.


Some of my favorite add-ins are Creme de Cassis, St. Germaine, brandy, and Cointreau. The best part is, you can make Sangria with white, red, rose, or even bubbles… whatever suites your taste!


I’ve given you one of my tried and true concoctions that’s perfectly balanced and utterly delicious. Follow this recipe and you’ll be sure to end up with an icy and refreshing backyard sipper.

Reaming orange

Next time feel free to experiment. Taste as you go to see what it might need. A little juice? (I’ve been known to add a splash of the kids’ lemonade!) More fruit? A little agave for sweetness? Make sure to serve over plenty of ice.

As a note, if you’re after a lighter drink with spritz, you can top with a little seltzer.

Reamed citrus


Make Ahead Dinner Party Quick & Easy


White Citrus Sangria

Prep Time5 mins
Servings: 8


  • 1 bottle dry crisp white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc or Spanish Albarino
  • ¾ cup Cointreau or other orange flavored liqueur
  • ¾ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup halved strawberries
  • 1 cup fruit of choice such as a mix of raspberries, blackberries, mango, or apricots or peaches if in season


  • In a large pitcher, pour the wine, Cointreau, and juices. Stir, and add in the fruit. Refrigerate until cold and serve with plenty of ice.

Tips & Tricks

*The flavors develop as it sits, so I recommend making this at least two hours ahead of time and letting it chill down in the fridge. It is not overly sweet, so if you like your Sangria on the sweet side you can add agave syrup to taste.

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