White Sangria Sparkler

July 4, 2012
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In honor of Independence Day, I present to you: White Sangria Sparkler. Drink to your health in more ways than one with this pleasing potion! My version of Sangria is simple: white wine, sparkling water and some fruit. This is an immediate show stopper when entertaining. It’s also incredibly crisp and refreshing, an absolute must to help cool you down on those sticky summer nights. Though we don’t get many of those type of nights in Ireland, I know at home in Iowa right now temperatures are in the upper 90s. I look forward to sipping on a few of these when I’m home for a visit next week.

Control and moderation are part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and, as long as you don’t go nuts, there are drinks out there, such as this one, which won’t put too much of a dent in your healthy aspirations. Actually, one recent study suggests that adding alcohol to fruit may increase its antioxidant power. If you prefer to drink a virgin cocktail, I’ve included a non-alcoholic “mocktail” version of the recipe as well, so either way – cheers!

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White Sangria Sparkler

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 bottles of crisp white wine (I used 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 2 nectarines, sliced
  • 2 kiwis
  • 1 liter sparkling water
  • ice
  • several sprigs of mint

Directions:

  1. Place all fruit in a large pitcher or bowl, add wine and refrigerate for 3 hours (or longer) for the flavors to meld.
  2. When ready to serve, add sparkling water and ice. Garnish with fruit and mint.

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Sangria Sparkler Mocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle sparkling water or sparkling grape juice
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 2 nectarines, sliced
  • 2 kiwis
  • ice
  • several sprigs of mint

Directions:

  1.  Combine sparkling water/juice and fruit in a large pitcher or punch bowl.
  2. Serve in wine glasses or champagne flutes with plenty of ice and fruit for garnish. Top with mint.

Cool tip: Freeze some of the fruit and add it right before serving so they act as ice cubes in the Sangria.

To my readers in America, wishing you a very happy and safe 4th of July! I hope you enjoy your time spent outside sipping on this drink, relaxing and catching up with friends.

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  • This looks so delicious and refreshing. Definitely going to have to make in the near future!

    • Katie

      They totally are. Be sure to let me know what you think of it! I’m pretty sure you’ll love ’em though.

  • This looks delicious… and the photography looks beautiful!

    • Katie

      Aww, thank you Madison :) You’ll have to let me know if you try the recipe.

  • What a refreshing looking drink! I hope you enjoy your visit to Des Moines. That’s where I grew up as well! There are a surprising number of vegan options in Des Moines now. Safe travels!

    • Katie

      Thank you, Cadry! :) I’m very much looking forward to being back for a visit. I’ve always loved Iowa in the summertime. You’re right, there are a ton of vegan (or at least vegetarian) options when eating out. Where is it you live now?

  • Do you think I could use lime flavored sparkling water, or would that just simply make it taste weird…I also have berry sparkling water on hand!

    • Katie

      Hi Krystal, thanks for stopping by. As I haven’t tried using flavored sparkling water in this recipe, I’m not sure how it would taste. Why not give it a go and let us know how it turns out :)

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