White Sangria with Berries is a simple, delicate and made-on-the-spot drink filled with all kinds of berries and a splash of Brandy to keep it authentic and loads of ice to keep it ultra fresh!
White Sangria with Berries is a delightful and refreshing twist on the classic red sangria. This fruity, vibrant drink is perfect for summer gatherings and can be customized with various fruits. In this recipe, we’ll rapidly infuse the sangria with a medley of juicy berries to create a visually appealing and flavorful beverage. So grab your pitcher, gather some fresh berries, and let’s get started!
On the Spot Sangria vs. Macerated Ones
A traditional Sangria would need a few hours of fruit maceration, which needs good planning, time-wise and quantity-wise. This white version you can easily make on the spot, no worries, and the strawberries will macerate or give its flavour in less than 10 minutes to the whole drink. Making Sangria this expressway means we can use a fizzing wine! So this recipe contains Spain’s favourite sparkling wine: Cava! Such a bubbly and fruity drink is divine on a hot summer day!
Spain has its own Champagne, called Cava, made the exact way of Champagne: two fermentations, the first being in big barrels and the second in the bottle itself. Some Cava are sweeter than others, going from the dry ones to the sweeter ones: Brut Nature, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Seco, Seco, Semi Seco and Dulce. And also different ages: Guarda, Reserva and Gran Reserva. So, there is plenty to choose from. For making Sangria, you can choose whichever one you want; all we want here is the bubbles!
A trick to prevent a hangover or headache: make ice cubes made of coconut water. They will bring some extra electrolytes and flavours to this Sangria or many other cocktails. Coco water help to rehydrate; always keep some in the fridge and freezer!
You could choose any berries you’d like in this, but I would strongly recommend at least half must be strawberries. Sliced ones! This way, you are certain the strawberries will give their juices rapidly to the drink. Other berries like blueberry and raspberry are not gonna give much taste; they are mainly decorative and have a fun fruity bite to finish the drink. I’ve added fresh lemon, too, to give a tiny splash of freshness, but this was optional.
The Juice Choice
Be careful of the juice you’ll choose. You want a Sparkling orange or lemon-tasting soda style, not fresh orange juice, because you’ll end up with loads of pulp and look too blurry. I’ve used a Schweppes citrus for this version, but it could be Fanta or any lemonade without pulp.
This Sangria is so easy to make; add all the ingredients and gently turn the liquid with a long spoon. Be careful not to overshake the cocktail; we want to keep those bubbles intact as long as possible!
*Thanks, Hector! A big thanks to Hector, who shared his recipe with me. He used to work as a bartender in a Club by the Beach in Barcelona, where he learned this fast and easy recipe. The original version contains extra gin, tequila and rum, but I’ve only added the Spanish Brandy to keep it simple.
White Sangria with Berries
- 1.5L Pitcher
- 1 bottle of Cava (or any sparlking wine)
- 1 can schweppes Citrus (or similar (without pulp))
- 40 ml Brandy ( or rum)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 lemon (sliced)
- 10 blueberries
- 8 strawberries (cut into 2)
- 8 raspberries
- ice cubes (many)
- Prepare the berries: Wash and gently pat dry the mixed berries. If using strawberries, remove the stems and slice them into halves or quarters, depending on their size.
- Add all the ingredients, except the cava, in a pitcher and turn gently with a long wooden spoon.
- Add the Cava, smoothly turn the sangria and serve.