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White Summery Sangria

Happy Memorial Day!  It’s also my two-year anniversary with Fritz, and his sister Eber’s birthday.  A giant day of celebration all around.  Even though we are hundreds of miles apart, Fritz still managed to be his adorable self and texted me a picture of pancakes that he made “for me”, but sadly, had to eat alone.  Is that cute or what?

We are also celebrating around these parts by having a backyard summer BBQ–I made my standard summer picnic pasta salad which my family has never had before!  Weird, because I’ve been making it for years–just never made it around here, I guess.  Dad went fishing and brought home some lovely rainbow and brown trout this morning, and I made a tarragon/lemon/garlic mayonnaise to grill it with–you’ll see that tomorrow.  Most importantly, Mom and I decided to make a summery white sangria to celebrate.

It started off being red (cherry, strawberries), white (wine), and blue (blueberries) for Memorial Day, but we wanted to add some citrus, too, so now it’s just a gorgeous rainbow.  You can admire mine, or there’s still time to run to the grocery store and get the stuff to make your own.  Up to you!

White Summery Sangria

  • 1 bottle dry white wine (chardonnay, pinot grigio, etc)
  • 1-2 C of orange juice
  • 1/2 L of club soda (or one or two cans)
  • 2 T sugar (adjust to taste–it all depends on how sweet you like your drinks!)
  • Fruit–whatever you like!  We used 2 lemons, 1 lime, 1 C blueberries, 10-12 big strawberries, and a handful of cherries

Wash and slice the fruit, layering and arranging them in a large pitcher (we actually used a small 1-L pitcher for the table, and a large plastic one for “refills” later). 

Pour the orange juice and wine over the fruit and gently stir.  Add sugar according to taste. 

Chill the sangria in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it.  Right before, pour the club soda over the top, give it a mix, and enjoy.  All these pictures are pre-club soda, since we haven’t had dinner yet!

It is so refreshing, light, and delicious.

A perfect summer drink that also makes a beautiful centerpiece for a nice dinner–you can arrange leftover limes and lemons on the table for gorgeous look, too.  We’ll be slicing lemon to be served with the fish, and it’ll look great next to the sangria.

I also like the white sangria better than the traditional red–it just feels lighter and brighter.  It reminds me a bit of Fritz’s favorite summer drink, a gin and tonic (or a G&T, if you’re in the know).

We also celebrated Memorial Day by going to my hometown’s parade this morning, and we ran into some friends there.

Hi Sarah, Josh, and Cora!

I love this parade because it goes by literally in a flash–small town, small parade.  I used to march proudly in this parade with my girl scout troop–go Brownies!

Hope you have a beautiful Memorial day, and happy anniversary to the best husband, student, dentist, brother, son, friend, cat owner, and all-around good guy I have ever known:

And of course, happy birthday to Eber:

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  1. katshealthcorner

    It’s so pretty!!! :)

  2. Katie

    Do you think this drink would be a good start for someone who hasn`t developed a taste for wine yet? Maybe a bit less wine and a bit more club soda?

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      absolutely–especially if you choose a sweeter white wine (maybe even a white zin?)! it barely tasted like wine at all as it is–just make sure to mix it ahead of time so that the fruit has time to flavor it! you could also use a flavored club soda if you wanted :)

  3. Joe Labriola

    Wow, that sounds great even without adding sugar. I’m definitely gonna try this one :)

  4. I Made You A Mixtape

    That just looks so pretty, and colourful and deliscious… we’re having a block party over the weekend- and I’m making this!!!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      let me know how it goes!

  5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

    Looks wonderful. I always worry strawberries will fall apart, good to know they worked for you.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I think as long as the strawberries aren’t too ripe they’ll be okay…but if they fall apart, big deal. it’ll still taste good!

  6. Sarah Megan Photography

    sounds fantastic! love your way of writing and the images you’ve captured are beautiful ~ the first being my favorite. Can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks, I appreciate it!

  7. arifinfo

    just wanna say happy anniversary too :D

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  9. L J Simms

    your blog is fantastic, really enjoyed it and thanks for this beautiful recipe from across the pond I’m definately going to have to organise a girly garden party now!! :)

  10. ThingsYouRealizeAfterYouGetMarried

    Looks so pretty! Sangri is sooo good! :)

  11. ThingsYouRealizeAfterYouGetMarried

    Looks so pretty! Sangria is sooo good! :)

  12. Liverpool FC

    amazing

  13. Julia

    loveeee sangria, especially with white wine

  14. gaycarboys

    what gorgeous pics. Mind you I’m shivering here in sydney about now though and the pic of the lemonade made me feel colder ! It just goes to show th power of the picture. Thanks for sharing

  15. mirandalife

    Great images. I think I could do with a Sangria now too.

  16. Mikalee Byerman

    Excellent: With the addition of orange juice, I think it officially becomes a breakfast drink. And since I’m thirsty now…well…

    ;)

  17. Rena

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m looking forward to trying this.

  18. Erin

    This looks fantastic! I will have to make a batch (or two) this weekend. Thanks!

  19. ournote2self

    Happy anniversary!

  20. Patricia

    Sangria is my absolute favourite drink! Your photos are very pretty :)

  21. New Pi Eats

    Lovely! What a perfect distillation of summer – Sangria is just the ticket. And what a gorgeous couple – happy anniversary!

  22. yp25

    It’s gorgeous! Making my mouth water…

  23. thedrivencook

    Looks so pretty- great pictures!

  24. Karyn

    I have a white wine sangria that uses green grapes, lemons and Granny Smith. I want to try this variation as well. Loved the wedding picture. Great post.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      oooh that one sounds good–I’ll have to try that next!

  25. My BlogJect

    awesome post! I have heard many things about this elusive white sangria concoction… I only know the standard girl-next-door red version! Which I love too! I will be back. Love the blog by the way

  26. mysweetmarie

    That Sangria sounds very good…will try soon!

  27. trialsinfood

    what a great way to celebrate!

  28. herbiesnaturals

    It looks magical! Make sure you choose organic fruits and wash them well, though.

  29. Lauren

    That looks delicious! As a lover of all wines – I’m definitely adding this to my must make soon list!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      you sound like my kind of Lauren :)

  30. holistictreats

    looks yummy! Can’t wait to make some. Perfect drink, now that summers finally here!

  31. pauseandsmile

    Congrats on being “Freshly Pressed” again; FANTASTIC!!!!! I have sent this on to many friends that I know will love it. I’m so glad to have a tried and true recipe for a Sangria made with white wines, as I can’t drink reds without a major headache to follow.

    Thanks for sharing… and love the photography that goes along with your writing!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks, your comments always make me smile–I have a few bottles of red wine, so I may have to make a traditional sangria soon, but I feel like I wont be able to beat the white one!

  32. uforicfood

    This drink looks so refreshing that I wish it was summer! Being in the Southern Hemisphere we are looking forward to stews and soups and cups of delicious hot chocolate. But, I’ll keep this in my files for summer. It’s definitely something to look forward to!.
    Congrats on FB – your site is just gorgeous!
    Cheers,
    Lisa
    http://www.uforicfood.wordpress.com

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks so much–weirdly, stews and soups and hot chocolate still sound good to me–must be the AC :)

  33. Diana Martinez

    My daughter is coming over tomorrow afternoon & I am totally going to serve this. We love to try new drinks. I love your beautiful pictures
    Peace!
    Diana

  34. Genny

    Oh man, this looks delicious! Have written it down, am excited to make this for lunch over the weekend :)

  35. Ashley Rose Smith

    This looks so so yummy! I think I’m making sangria this weekend… :-)

  36. the happy (sappy) blog

    I have to be honest, I didn’t read anything on this blog, but I LOVE how beautiful it is!! I wanted to say that and your title with the word “Sangria” got me! Hahah! I will read though, when I have time! Good luck and keep blogging! ;-)

  37. Addison

    I just love all the colors fruit brings, especially in the summer. It looks and sounds absolutely wonderful!

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  39. Olivia

    I love your colourful pictures. I can’t wait till summer comes :)

  40. altglbi

    thanks for all u say i love ur blog

  41. dred

    delicious ^^

  42. yingyingxue

    nice pic :)

  43. The Writings of Ava Jones

    Great recipe. I have tried a few different ways of making Sangria so giving this one a try this weekend at a dinner party I am having! Will let you know how it goes!
    x
    thewritingsofavajones.wordpress.com

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      please do! thanks for the visit :)

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  45. abhishek

    that’s a great recipe.

  46. angieistheway

    Beautiful blog, I will definetely try that type of Sangria :)

  47. richannkur

    delicious…

  48. sanetes

    This looks great! Summer is almost here, so I will try it soon.
    Thanks for the inspriration!

  49. The Thinking Insomniac

    Delish!!! Lovely photos..

  50. Nicole, the Queen of this life

    I think I found the drink I need to make this weekend!

  51. SR

    I don’t drink, but I love these pictures. I feel like I can reach out and grab one of those vivid strawberries!:)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks :) If you switched up the wine for cranberry juice or limeade or something similar, I bet it’d still make a great non-alcoholic drink!

  52. youcouldbelievethis

    This looks so yummy. I think that I may try it.

  53. Sol the Nav

    dry whites tend to give me headaches. have you tried this with a sweeter white wine or do you think that would over power the flavor of the other fruits?

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I haven’t tried it with other whites, but I think it could easily work–maybe don’t add any extra sugar, because with a sweeter white it might be TOO sweet.

  54. Wendy Wang

    It looks so fresh and yummy. The pictures are really pretty too.

  55. JajySoda

    Wow, that looks so yummy :)

  56. travelwithlaughter

    Wow! Thank you for the blog! It looks YUMMY! Good times with friends and family…..nothing beats it.

  57. John Valenty

    Beautiful and looks like it tastes good too!

  58. PJ | Home and Garden Decor

    Your Sangria recipe looks really refreshing to me and just like the right drink while for sitting out on our patio on one of our hot South East Texas nights.
    I for sure will give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing
    Paula Jo

  59. jingotron

    I made this for a patio happy hour I hosted tonight and it was a success! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      yay! glad it was a success :)

  60. ken

    I did your recipe as well! I haven’t tried it yet, I left it alone last night so the fruits would soak up the OJ and wine. Can’t wait to get home to try it :-)

    I’m a Wino-in-the-making: http://wp.me/pZiUZ-op

    K

  61. realanonymousgirl2011

    Ooooo I haven’t seen this version of white sangria. I’ll have to try it. Usually I use Sprite and oranges and nectarines but I love the berries…so much more colorful. Sometimes I add a little vanilla Brandy if you really want to get the party started!

  62. Birthday Party Babble

    I never thought about sangria being anything but red. The white looks so fresh, perfect for my summer birthday party theme. I have a great set of mason jars with handles that I think I will use to serve your white sangria, it’ll give it a more rustic look than a wine glass.

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