Summer sippin': White Sangria

Summer is the perfect time to get a little crazy with the cocktails. I like to save my bold red wines for hearty colder weather meals. In the summer I enjoy dinner al fresco with a breezy rosé or crisp white.  When its time to get festive I like to mix up a nice white sangria.

Coincidentally, this afternoon my pilates trainer asked me if I had any good ideas for a white sangria that she can take on a picnic date this week.  Boy do I ever, and in fact I just made a delicious white sangria for the Core at our 4th of July weekend in Arrowhead.  Melon White Sangria Recipe below.

white-sangria ingredients

I used an inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand because wines from this region are known for their tropical notes.  You can use a domestic Sauvignon Blanc or even a Gewurstraminer or dry Reisling.  The melon will complement the notes in these wines nicely.  Make up a pitcher of sangria and just before serving add a little ginger ale for a refreshing fizz.

Your guests will love the melon flavors with pasta salad, grilled fish with fruity salsa, ceviche, or carnitas tacos, my accompaniment of choice.  Be careful though, it may not taste too strong, but a few glasses of this stuff will have you singing the 80’s tune while dancing in your platforms.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Happy summer sippin’

White Sangria

White Sangria

Serves 4-6
Prep time 10 minutes
Meal type Beverage


  • 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc (preferably from New Zealand)
  • 1 bottle Ginger Ale (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cup Honeydew (Cubed)
  • 1 1/2 cup Cantaloupe (Cuved)
  • 10-12 pieces Mint


  • 1 1/2 cup Watermelon (Cubed)


1. Empty wine into pitcher and add fruit. Refridgerate for at least an hour, up to overnight.
2. Just before serving, add 1/3 ratio of ginger ale to 2/3 of white sangria. Garnish with fruit.

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