Winter white wine sangria is a refreshing mixed drink to serve during the holidays!
This white wine sangria is light, refreshing and effervescent, with flavors of vanilla, apples, and cranberries.
White Wine Sangria
If you are looking for a mixed drink to serve for a crowd during the holidays, this winter white wine sangria is a total crowd pleaser. This post is sponsored by BJ’s Wholesale Club, all opinions are 100% my own.
For celebrating during the holidays, I always try to make a signature drink of the season. This year’s winter cocktail is white wine sangria!
Using winter fruits, chardonnay, white rum, cranberry juice, and apple cider, this white wine sangria touches on all the best things this season has to offer.
What is white wine sangria?
White wine sangria is a mix of white wine, a hard liquor such as rum or vodka, fruit juices, and often times fresh fruit.
Adding the fresh fruit to the mix not only makes it beautiful, but it adds an extra layer of flavor to the cocktail.
For this winter version of white wine sangria, it all started with my weekly trip to BJ’s Wholesale Club. Select BJ’s clubs offer great value on beer, wine, and liquor all year round.
Best white wines for sangria
While shopping, I noticed their Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay. I knew I was making this epic sangria already but wasn’t sure which white wine to get.
I immediately knew this would work for my sangria because you want a dryer, crisp white wine for sangria.
This is because of the added fruit juices, you need your white wine to stand up next to those sweet flavors without it being overly sweet.
You can also use a Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or a dry Riesling for white wine sangria.
White rum is also used in this mix, found at BJ’s Wholesale Club, I picked up Bacardi Light Rum. It is the perfect addition to the mix!
I also added vanilla soda to the mix for some effervescence. This is totally up to you but I just love the vanilla touch with the apples and cranberries.
The vanilla works well with the apple cider and brings a little spicy punch, perfect for the holidays!
You can also use a lemon-lime soda for a tart kick, or just sparkling water, up to you!
How to make sangria with white wine
Add your chardonnay, rum, apple cider, and cranberry juice to a large pitcher. Stir to combine.
Add the sliced Honeycrisp apple, Granny Smith apple, and cranberries. Mix to combine. Let chill for at least one hour in the fridge.
Lastly, top it off with vanilla soda. Serve in glasses with garnishes of the apple slices, cranberries, and a rosemary sprig!
I have been loving to serve this white wine sangria at this season’s gatherings. Everyone just loves it!
You know me and appetizers, here are some appetizers that pair well with this sangria. Make a couple of these and your party is set!
What to serve with white wine sangria
- Baked Brie with Walnuts and Honey
- Caramel Apple Dip
- Cranberry Turkey Pinwheels
- Creamy Cranberry Pancetta Bites
How to make white wine sangria at home
Winter White Wine Sangria
- 750 ml Chardonnay
- 1 cup light rum
- 1 & 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1 & 1/2 cups white cranberry juice
- 1 granny smith apple sliced
- 1 Honeycrisp apple sliced
- 1 cup cranberries fresh or frozen
- 3 cups vanilla soda or lemon-lime soda, or sparkling water
- rosemary sprigs for garnish, optional
- Add the chardonnay, rum, apple cider, and cranberry juice to a large pitcher. Stir to combine
- Add the sliced apples and cranberries, stir to combine. Top with the soda. Stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. Serve over ice with rosemary sprigs for garnish.