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.
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More refreshing drinks that you’ll love:
Cranberry Lime Mojitos
Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
Sonja C says
Wow I am definitely trying one 2 many drinks!! Thank you for your time & effort on showing me on some tips that will have my guest happy.
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Molly Giles says
What flavor brandy did you use?
I used Cognac, which is French variety of brandy. I think I purchased Hennessey from my local liquor store.
Looks great! Do you think I can make it the night before?
Yes you can. However, add the soda right before serving so it doesn’t go flat as it sits in the fridge overnight. Hope you enjoy!
Sandra Benites says
OMG It looks so refreshing. Can’t wait to make it.
Thanks so much! Let me know how you like it!
Cathy Lawdanski says
Made this yesterday for a Memorial Day party! DELICIOUS!
Thanks so much, Cathy! It’s one of my favorites, too!
Nicole Parise says
This looks awesome! Sangria is one of my favorite summer drinks, and this one is especially pretty!
Julie Hoag says
Looks so delicious and gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
This looks delicious and refreshing! Sangria is one of my favourite summertime drinks
This sounds so good! I love a good sangria and this would be perfect for summer parties!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
Yes! This is the best way to kick off the season! Sounds so good, and looks fab & fun!
Thanks so much!
Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade says
Yum, what a fun idea for a summer holiday party! I like sangria because it’s so refreshing, but it also has a great kick
Exactly! I completely agree!
This one of my favorite to drink on the weekend. Trying your recipe, my friend always make us this drink but never really attempt to make it myself. Thank you for sharing.
You’re so welcome!
This looks amazing! I need to keep this in mind for the 4th of July this year. I might still be pregnant on Memorial Day, but I’ll try it then if baby comes early! 🙂
Oh wow! I hope you have a chance to try it this summer! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!
This looks SO delicious!! Pinned for later!!
This looks amazing! I saw it and immediately thought of 4th of July; however, my family and I are going to the beach for Memorial Day, so we’ll do a test run there. I also pinned it for easy access 🙂
Nice!! Thanks for stopping by!!
This looks delicious! I’m going to give it a try Memorial Day weekend!
Woohoo! Let me know how you like it!
Ouh, this sangria recipe sounds so yummy! I usually have it with red wine – this would be a nice change.
I normally do too, but it’s because white wine is too sweet for me. This version is perfectly balanced so I really love it. I hope you have a chance to give it a try! I think you’ll love it too.
So pretty and festive! I love Sangria, and this sounds delicious!
Elise Cohen Ho says
This is so pretty. I love pretty food. 🙂
That looks so yummy and so pretty. Perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July:)
It sure is! You can’t beat those patriotic colors 🙂
I love a good sangria, and this sounds wonderful! It’s so perfect for the summer!
Thanks so much!
What a pretty sangria! I actually LOVE white sangria, because I find that if it’s made right it’s LESS sweet than the red varieties. I’ve never used chardonnay though. I usually use Vinho Verde or something similar because the tartness works well I think. This would be awesome for 4th of July though! 🙂
Ohh yum! I’ve got to try that type of wine in this. Thanks for the idea!
I can’t wait for the 4th of July to try this out!! I pinned it for later 🙂
Yay! I hope you love it!
This looks so fun & festive! I looooove holiday weekends & chardonnay is my absolute fave so I think I’ll make this for Memorial Day Weekend!
Thanks so much! You’re gonna love it!
Theresa Bailey says
This is a fun recipe and so easy. Good tip on using a dry white.
Glad you like it!
Looks absolutely incredible!! Might go make my own now!!
Thank you for the info!
This looks absolutely incredible. I’m more of a white wine person, so this is right up my ally and perfect for summer!
Yessss! You’re gonna looooove this recipe
This looks refreshing and delicious! Perfect for 4th of July!
I am saving this to make at the lake for Memorial Day this year! Yum!!
Woohoo! I hope its a hit!
I’m hosting a party in July and have been looking or a sangria recipe. Love the colors of this one!
Thanks so much!
Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated says
What a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th of July! I’ll definitely be making this 🙂
Yesss! Thanks for stopping by!
Lyndsay // Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen says
Sangria is my fav! I love the strawberries in this drink.
Thanks so much!
This is incredible!!! I looove sangria, this is so festive! Saving this so I can make it for the 4th of July! Gorgeous!
Aw you’re so sweet! I hope you like it!
susie liveratore says
This looks and sounds amazing. I am going to keep this in mind for the upcoming holidays.
This is perfect for Memorial day and the 4th of July! Love all the berries! I pinned this!
I love making Sangria and this looks so good and refreshing!
Riva Treasure says
Easy but effective! I love how it looks!
im definitely trying one out soon
This looks delicious and refreshing! Can’t wait for warmer weather.
Harmony, Momma To Go says
I love white sangria! I am pinning this for Memorial day, 4th and other summer BBQs!
Woohoo! Thanks for stopping by!