Summer White Sangria Recipe With Vodka & Berries

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Beat the heat and quench your thirst with this refreshing summer white sangria recipe with vodka & berries. This customizable drink bursts with flavor and is perfect for the hot sunny days of summer.

Refreshing white sangria recipe for the hot months of summer.
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One of my favorite adult beverages during the summer months is a refreshing glass of sangria. It’s fruity and refreshing qualities somehow manage to strike the perfect balance between cozy comfort and summer coolness. 

Sangria may traditionally be associated with cozy evenings and intimate gatherings, however sangria’s chilled and fruity goodness also makes it an ideal companion for this time of year and hot summer days.

Sipping on a glass of ice cold white sangria not only satisfies your thirst, but also offers a respite from the summer heat, making this drink a cozy yet refreshing choice.

Summer sangria recipe with vodka and berries.

If you’re looking for the perfect drink that you can serve a crowd or just enjoy on your own, this versatile & delicious white sangria recipe is a must try! 

What is sangria?

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk about what makes a sangria, sangria! 

Sangria is a traditional Spanish beverage that has gained popularity in recent years for its refreshing and vibrant nature. It typically consists of red or white wine, chopped fresh fruit, a sweetener, and sometimes a splash of liquor.

A delicious recipe for white sangria with vodka and berries.

The word “sangria” comes from the Spanish word “sangre” which means blood. Historically, red sangria was named for its deep red color, resembling blood. However, modern variations have expanded to include white sweet wine, like the recipe I’ll be sharing with you today.

One of the wonderful things about sangria is that it’s a versatile drink that allows for endless creativity and customization. It’s perfect for entertaining guests, since it can be made in large quantities and served in pitchers.

The combination of wine, fruity flavors, and optional spirits creates a delicious drink that’s a refreshing and festive beverage on a hot summer day as well as other times of the year. 

Berry and vodka summer white sangria is the perfect cocktail for summer.

Why You’ll Want to Make This Easy Sangria Recipe

Here’s why you’ll want to make this cozy and refreshing beverage:

  • Perfect for Any Occasion: One of the main reasons to make this summer white sangria is its versatility. Whether you’re hosting a backyard gathering with family and friends or simply want to enjoy a relaxing evening alone, this recipe can accommodate both.
  • Easy to Prepare: You don’t have to be a seasoned mixologist to whip up a batch of this delicious summer beverage. The recipe is incredibly simple, and most of the work involves letting the flavors meld together as the sangria chills in the refrigerator. It’s a stress free drink that allows you to spend more time enjoying the summer sun and less time in the kitchen.
  • Freshness: As temperatures rise, don’t we all crave drinks that offer a refreshing burst of flavor? This vodka sangria recipe delivers just that! The blend of vodka and white wine creates a lively base, while the addition of assorted berries infuses the drink with natural sweetness and a hint of tartness. Each sip is like a mini explosion of summer in your mouth!
  • Versatility: One of the beauties of this white sangria recipe is its versatility. You can easily customize the drink to suit your taste preferences and the availability of seasonal fruits. Whether you prefer a sweeter sangria or a tangier one, the possibilities of what you can create are endless. Experiment with different combinations of berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries) or even add in some sliced peaches or citrus fruits for an extra citrusy kick.
  • Scalability: One of the advantages of sangria is its flexibility in terms of batch size. Whether you’re serving a small gathering or a large crowd, this recipe can be easily adjusted to suit your needs. Simply multiply or divide the ingredient quantities accordingly, to make your desired drink amount.
Customizable summer cocktail with wine and berries.

How to Make White Wine Sangria With Vodka & Berries

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Summer White Sangria Ingredients

  • 750 ml Bottle of Pinot Grigio
  • 33.8 oz Bottle Trader Joe’s Sparkling Lemonade
  • 1/2 cup Absolute Vodka
  • 1 cup Fresh Raspberries
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • Handful Star Shaped Apple Slices
  • Handful Star Shaped Fresh Strawberries
Fresh seasonal fruit for a summer sangria recipe with vodka and berries.

The Best Summer Sangria Recipe

Add the bottle of wine, sparkling lemonade, and 1/2 cup of vodka to a large pitcher. 

Ingredients to make a summer sangria with wine, vodka, and fresh fruit.

Add all the fruit to pitcher, gently stir ingredients to combine (be careful because it will become fizzy), and place pitcher in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or up to 8 hours) for flavors to combine. 

Pour sangria into a cocktail glass or mason jars and enjoy!

Sangria recipe with white wine for a sweet summer cocktail.

How long will this white sangria last?

To ensure the best quality, I recommend drinking the sangria within 24-48 hours of preparation. 

If you plan to make a large batch ahead of time, combine the liquid ingredients, store in the refrigerator, and add the berries right before serving. 

Refreshing white sangria recipe for the hot months of summer.

This white sangria recipe can last for up to 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

However, it’s worth noting that the flavor and freshness of the sangria may diminish over time as the fruits macerate and the ingredients meld together. The vibrant colors and texture of the fruits may also change slightly. 

Customizing This Berry Sangria Recipe

Here are a few ideas on how to change and customize this simple cocktail to suit your taste buds and preferences.

  • Sweetness Level: Adjust the sweetness of your sangria by experimenting with different types of wine. If you prefer a sweeter sangria, opt for a fruity white wine like Riesling or Moscato. For a drier and crisper sangria, use a dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio (which is the wine I used).
  • Spirit Swap: While this recipe features vodka as the spirit of choice, you can switch it up by using different liquors. Try substituting vodka with rum, gin, or even use a raspberry vodka for more fresh summer flavor. 
  • Fruit Medley: Get creative with your fruit flavors! In addition to berries and other seasonal fruits of your choice (watermelon, pineapple, mango, pomegranate seeds) would be a delicious addition in this recipe. 
  • Herbal Infusion: Take your sangria to the next level by infusing it with fresh herbs. Add a few sprigs of fresh mint, basil, or rosemary to the mixture and let them infuse their aromatic flavors. The herbal notes will lend a sophisticated touch to your drink and make it even more refreshing.
Pitcher of white sangria with a combination of summer berries.

Can this recipe be made with non-alcoholic ingredients?

It sure can! 

For those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages or want to accommodate guests who do not consume alcohol, this summer white sangria recipe can be easily adapted to create a delicious non-alcoholic version. 

Simply replace the white wine with a non-alcoholic substitute, such as a white grape juice to create the base of the drink and omit the vodka all together.  

The sparkling lemonade can also be replaced with lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, sparkling water, or club soda to pair nicely with the white grape juice.

Glass of summer sangria for sipping by the pool on a hot summer day.

The star of the show remains the assortment of fresh berries which infuses the drink with their natural sweetness. 

This non-alcoholic variation of summer white sangria offers the same refreshing and fruity experience, making it an inclusive choice for everyone to enjoy…including the kiddos!

A delicious recipe for white sangria with vodka and berries.

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Berry and vodka summer white sangria is the perfect cocktail for summer.
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Summer White Sangria Recipe With Vodka & Berries

Beat the heat and quench your thirst with this refreshing summer white sangria recipe with vodka & berries. This customizable drink bursts with flavor and is perfect for the hot sunny days of summer.
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Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Resting Time:1 hour
Total Time:1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 750 ml Bottle of Pinot Grigio
  • 1 33.8 oz Bottle Trader Joe's Sparkling Lemonade
  • 1/2 cup Absolute Vodka
  • 1 cup Fresh Raspberries
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • Handful Star Shaped Apple Slices
  • Handful Star Shaped Fresh Strawberries

Instructions

  • Add the bottle of wine, sparkling lemonade, and 1/2 cup of vodka to a large pitcher.
  • Add all the fruit to pitcher, gently stir ingredients to combine (be careful because it will become fizzy), and place pitcher in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or up to 8 hours) for flavors to combine.
  • Pour sangria into a cocktail glass or mason jars and enjoy!

Notes

    • Adjust the sweetness of your sangria by experimenting with different types of wine. If you prefer a sweeter sangria, opt for a fruity white wine like Riesling or Moscato. For a drier and crisper sangria, use a dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.
    • While this recipe features vodka as the spirit of choice, you can switch it up by using different liquors. Try substituting vodka with rum, gin, or even use a raspberry vodka for more fresh summer flavor. 
    • Get creative with your fruit flavors! In addition to berries and other seasonal fruits of your choice such as watermelon, pineapple, mango, or even pomegranate seeds would be a delicious addition in this recipe. 
    • Take your sangria to the next level by infusing it with fresh herbs. Add a few sprigs of fresh mint, basil, or rosemary to the mixture and let them infuse their aromatic flavors. The herbal notes will lend a sophisticated touch to your drink and make it even more refreshing.
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Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Spanish
Keyword: Berries, Sangria, Summer Cocktail, Vodka, White Sangria
Servings: 6
Calories: 215kcal

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