Red, White, & Blue Sangria – A refreshing white sangria made with dry white wine, brandy, and tons of strawberries and blueberries. It’s the best Patriotic drink to serve for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and all summer long!
It wouldn’t be right to kick off the summer festivities without an awesome festive cocktail, am I right?! You guys know how much I love a festive cocktails. Just look at this fall drink or this winter drink or even this berry-licious spring one.
For the summer, I have another awesome berry drink for you, but this time it’s a sangria. Say hello to my Red, White, and Blue Sangria!
Don’t you just love the way the berries vibrate in the white sangria?! They would be too hidden in a red sangria so I am happy that they get to shine through in this white version.
So how exactly do we put this sangria together? Let’s break it down.
This sangria is a basic white wine sangria, which I am typically not a huge fan of, with a few minor tweaks. White sangria is usually too sweet for me. Yes, even I have my limits. But I have recently learned that there are two keys to making a great, balanced white sangria:
- Make the sangria with a dry wine, like Chardonnay
- Add a liquor that can give the sangria a kick without adding too much sweetness
I had a few bottles of Notable Chardonnay around from the wine pairing I did a few weeks ago so I decided to use that wine for the sangria. But any dry white wine will do.
For the liquor, I originally thought triple sec would be good, but then realized that triple sec is better to pair with citrus flavors. So I decided to use a liquor that pairs best with berries, and which also happens to be the liquor used in traditional red sangria: brandy.
And man, what a difference! This sangria was incredible! Bright and refreshing, but with an amazing kick from the brandy. Plus, brandy-soaked berries are unlike anything you’ve ever had. They don’t get too boozy but rather their flavor is enhanced by the brandy. Simply delicious.
For this sangria, I only have two quick tips to make sure you get these drinks perfectly right on the first try:
- You can easily make this sangria ahead of time. In fact, letting it sit for a couple hours will let the flavors develop together even more. But if you chose to do this, make sure you add the soda right before serving. Otherwise, it will go flat as it sits in the sangria.
- Make sure to add the ice to the glasses and NOT the pitcher. This will keep the sangria from getting watered down as it sits and waits for you to pour some more.
And that’s all there is to it, guys! Now, you have the most stunning drink to serve at your parties all summer long. You are welcome 😉
This sangria was featured as Savings and Sangria’s Sangria of the month for July! Check out their site for other great sangrias each month, plus tips to teach you about personal finance. I am a huge proponent about being financially independent and growing your savings. And grabbing a glass of sangria in the process! So I love what Michelle is doing on her blog. Check her out!
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Red White and Blue Sangria
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brandy liquor
- 1 750 mL bottle dry white wine (I used Chardonnay)
- 12 ounces lemon lime soda
- 1 pound strawberries sliced
- 1 dry pint blueberries
- ice (for serving)
- Add sugar and brandy to a pitcher. Stir to dissolved the sugar. Add bottle of Chardonnay and lemon lime soda to mixture. Stir together. Finish by adding strawberries and blueberries.
- To serve, fill glass halfway with ice. Fill to the top with sangria. Serve immediately.