We love all kinds of good sangria – technically, a sangria is a cold, wine-based summer drink with the following components – wine, something sparkling, fruit, a liqueur or brandy, sugar and ice. You can make any sangria just with that one line and sensible taste buds. We make all kinds of sangrias, using both red and white wines, but if you’re coming to Dolce for a meeting or an interview, chances are you will be offered a glass of sangria from now until Labor Day. Great for poolside, cocktail parties, bridal showers, baby showers or sitting on your porch! Without further adieu, our new favorite (probably because it was so much fun mixing different ingredients and taste testing!) – White Sangria alla Dolce! This makes one GIANT pitcher or 2 smaller ones.
2 750-ml. bottles of a crisp white wine – Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc work best – the inexpensive ones like Folinari, Bandit, etc. really work here. I’m a wine snob, but these are great quality for the money.
2 tsps simple syrup (you can make your own) or use Trader Joe’s bottled simple syrup
1/2 cup brandy, Armagnac, Cointreau or any orange-flavored liqueur
2 cups fruit – tiny melon balls, sliced apples, lemon and lime slices, mango, pineapple, starfruit wedges, berries – your call.
1/2 cup sparkling water – we used Acqua Panna – but seltzer works fine!
Combine all the ingredients but the sparkling water in a large pitcher filled with ice. We like this one. Top with sparkling water. To serve, pour into tumblers and garnish with some fresh mint, basil or fruit used in the drink. Salut!