I love making specialty cocktails with fancy bitters, artisanal spirits and all that jazz, but they can be a bit of high maintenance, especially when you need to make them for a large group of guests. Enter: sangria. It’s not fancy, and it doesn’t pretend to be. It’s delicious, refreshing and can change depending on the season.
This autumn-inspired white wine sangria recipe is perfect for the transition from all things Thanksgiving to all things holiday. There’s a bit of fall (apple and persimmon) and winter (ruby red grapefruit) in this sangria. It’s the perfect balance of tart, refreshing and not too sweet.
And since this is the season of cheer, but mostly the season of people being very busy, that means we’re all looking for ways to make things ahead of time. Sangria lends itself to that idea so very well. It actually tastes better if it does have a chance to sit overnight; the flavors have time to merry together and the fruit tastes a bit more boozy. Now, who wouldn’t want that?
Autumn White Wine Sangria
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc (or other white wines like Riesling or Pinot Gris)
- 1 ruby red grapefruit, juiced
- 1 Pink Lady apple, juiced (about 4 fluid ounces)
- 1 fuyu persimmon, sliced
- 1 apple, cubed
- 6 fluid ounces sparkling water
- To a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Heat over medium low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- To a large pitcher, pour in the white wine, grapefruit juice, apple juice and sliced persimmon and apple. Add the reserved simple syrup and stir. Transfer to the refrigerator and allow to chill for 2 hours or overnight.
- Just before serving, pour in the sparkling water. Serve chilled or over ice, if desired.
Yield: 4-6 servings
Adrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.