There is nothing better than a cold glass of sangria on a hot summer day- agreed?? This Peach, Strawberry, & Rainier Cherry Summer Sangria is not only refreshing, but it’s incredibly easy to make ahead for large groups. So what are you waiting for- go make this white summer sangria today!
How To Make the Perfect White Summer Sangria
Though it looks like there is a lot involved in this sangria, it’s actually incredibly fast to put together! However, there are a few tips & tricks you’ll want to follow:
DO let your fruit steep in alcohol for 2-6 hours before serving
This is truly what gives sangria that fruity flavor- infusing the alcohol with fresh fruit! For this summer sangria, I used Rainier cherries (which can easily be swapped out for any cherry variety), peaches (which can easily be swapped for nectarines or apricots), lemons, and strawberries. The best part about sangria? You choose the flavor by the fruit you add in!
DO use a dry white wine
Unless you’re looking for a very sweet sangria, I always recommend a drier white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or Pinot Grigio. For this recipe, I used Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc and loved it!
Simple Syrup, Soda Water, & Vodka- Go Plain or Add Some Flavor!
To really highlight the flavors of the fruit in this recipe, I used an unflavored simple syrup, plain vodka, and unflavored soda water. However, you can definitely add flavor to adjust the taste of this cocktail! I wouldn’t go completely outside of the flavors already in the fruit, but a citrus-flavored vodka or lemon soda water might add some really nice flavor.
While you can purchase simple syrup, I always make mine at home. To make simple syrup, simply add 1 part sugar and 1 part water to a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir over heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. I store any leftover homemade simple syrup in the fridge in a closed container.
This article from the Kitchn should help you with all your simple syrup making adventures! You can also check out my recipe for Grapefruit Rose Palomas to see how I made a grapefruit rose simple syrup or my Pomegranate and Rosé Spritzers where I used a plain simple syrup for more cocktail ideas!
Add the Soda Water and Ice Once You Are READY to serve!
In my recipe below, I separated out soaking the fruit in the alcohol and simple syrup from serving the cocktail with ice and soda water. Why? Because no one wants a flat watery cocktail! If you are making this cocktail for a large group and don’t have time to add the specific amount to each glass, simply add the ice and soda water to your pitcher of sangria right before serving.
The Perfect White Summer Sangria!
So there you have it, my tips and tricks for the perfect summer sangria. I truly want you to walk away from this post feeling confident to make this easy sangria at home. While this recipe calls for specific fruits and ingredients, please feel free to get creative! Try different fruits, swap out flavored vodka or soda water for unflavored varieties, and even make your own infused simple syrup. The possibilities are truly endless and, if ever in doubt, add more wine!
In other personal news, I’m home in Cazenovia for my sisters bridal shower this week. I always love coming home because I’m able to spend time with family, hang out on the lake, and go to our local winery for really good wood fired pizza and wine slushies! We’re having a bunch of people over Saturday for a big BBQ and already are getting prepared to serve this sangria to everyone. Honestly, that’s truly the best part of creating recipes- getting to make them for friends and family and see them enjoy them in real life. I hope you are able to share this sangria with your friends and family all summer long!
Looking for other Summer Recipes to pair with this sangria? Check out these summer favorites!Print
The most refreshing white summer sangria made with fresh peaches, strawberries, lemons, and rainier cherries. A cocktail that is perfect for every summer party!
- 1 small lemon (thinly sliced)
- 1 large peach (thinly sliced with pit removed)
- 5–6 large strawberries (stems removed and thinly sliced)
- 6–8 rainier cherries (pits removed, sliced in half)
- 1 16 oz bottle white wine (drier wine such as sauvignon blanc preferred)
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup simple syrup (optional, but makes cocktail sweeter)
- 1 cup soda water
- 1–2 cups crushed ice
- Begin by slicing your lemon, peaches, strawberries, and rainier cherries. Add all the fresh fruit to a large container (32 oz or more). Then, add the wine, vodka, and simple syrup to the container. Stir together and let the fruit steep in the alcohol for 2-6 hours.
- Once the fruit has had time to soak, fill each 8 oz wine glass with 1/2 cup of the sangria mixture including the fruit pieces. Top each glass with 1/4 cup soda water and crushed ice. Stir and serve!
- *This recipe makes enough for 4 cocktails, but can easily be doubled for larger groups. Do not add the ice and soda water to the cocktail until you are ready to drink. For the best flavor, let the fruit soak up to 6 hours before drinking.*
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