Orange White Wine Campari Sangria

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Bright, and delicious, the prettiest orange, this refreshing cocktail is perfect year round.

Two long-stemmed glasses of Orange White Wine Campari Sangria.

This is a white wine sangria, also called Sangria Blanca, and so refreshing and citrusy. It’s a great year-round option because the fruit is citrus, readily available in the winter and throughout the year. It also includes a combination of orange liqueur and Campari, which deepens the orange hue. Campari is a bright red bitters type of aperitif, and it add a nicely undercurrent of bitter-sweet brightness to the drink.

This crisp sangria has a great balance of sweetness and acidity, and a stunning color (kind of reminiscent of the popular Aperol Spritzes that have made such a dramatic comeback in recent years!)

White sangria works beautifully with fish and seafood. Paella is a classic pairing. Try it with grilled scallops, poached salmon, or shrimp scampi. It’s also lovely with a simple salad like this spinach and burrata salad. Or make a Spanish-style meal like Spanish Pork Chops and Pan Con Tomate to serve with this fruity pitcher drink.

Two long-stemmed glasses of Orange White Wine Campari Sangria.

When I was a lass in my 20’s there was a great dumpy, dive-y Spanish restaurant in the meat-packing district of New York City. My friends and I would head there for festive and very affordable meal of paella and pitchers of sangria. Alas, the spot no longer there. The memories are slightly hazy, but I surely do remember it being a lot of fun. They served a white wine sangria served there that was pretty easy to drink, and that’s what inspired this recipe.

Orange White Wine Campari Sangria: Bright, delicious, and citrusy, this refreshing orange-hued cocktail is perfect year round.

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FAQs

What is the best white wine to make sangria?

I like a dry, acidic white wine for sangria, but it’s definitely a matter of taste. Many Spanish wines, unsurprisingly, are good bases or sangria. Try Cava, Verdejo, Rueda, Jumilla, Valdepenas, or Albarino. You can also use Sauvignon Blanc, a dry Reisling, or Vinho Verde. I usually steer clear of oaky, buttery California whites, like Chardonnays, which have a lot of sweetness to them, and can be cloying in combination with the fruit and added sugar. Having said that, if that’s the kind of white wine you like, give it a go.

Don’t use a pricy bottle of wine for sangria, since the flavor will be camouflaged by the other added ingredients, and you should save the expensive stuff to drink straight up. But don’t use a cheap wine you aren’t excited about drinking – it’s still important to use a high-quality wine.

What is the best orange liqueur for sangria?

Even though orange liqueurs have slightly different flavor profiles, and can be made using different alcohol bases, you can swap in whichever you have on hand. Try Cointreau, Triple Sec, or Grand Marnier; they all work equally well.

Pitcher of orange slices and Orange White Wine Campari Sangria.

Ingredients for Orange White Wine Sangria

  • Dry white wine – My wine selecting advice is above, but really, choose whatever white wine you like.
  • Orange sparkling fruit soda – Pellegrino’s Aranciata is a great brand for this, adding the needed sweetness to balance out the acidity.
  • Fresh orange juice – If you can squeeze or even buy fresh orange juice for this, it makes a big difference. White wine and fresh orange juice are a lovely combination.
  • Campari – Adds a bitterness that balances out the bright sweetness of the sangria. You could sub in Aperol for Campari, though Aperol is sweeter, so taste as you go.
  • Orange liqueur – Cointreau, Triple Sec, or Grand Marnier are all great.
  • Oranges – If you can find blood oranges, these look great sliced up in the glass. Combine them with slices of regular juicing oranges for a good contrast.
  • Lemon – Adds a bit more acidity to this citrusy drink.

How to Make Orange White Wine Sangria

  1. Mix: Stir together all the ingredients in a large pitcher.
  2. Chill: Refrigerate the mixture for a few hours, until chilled.
  3. Serve: Pour into wine glasses filled with ice.
Long-stemmed glass of Orange White Wine Campari Sangria casting a shadow onto a yellow wall.

How to Serve White Wine Sangria

While you can order sangria by the glass in most places that serve it, you can also usually order it by the pitcher, and in my mind (and my memory) it is one of the best pitcher group drinks around. I’m certainly not making sangria by the glass — sangria is for sharing in a group!

When you order it by the pitcher (or by the glass) in a restaurant, it is often loaded with ice. The ice, of course, keeps the drink cold but also dilutes the drink a bit (and obviously makes it more economical for the restaurant). I like to serve sangia very chilled in a pitcher with no ice, and have a big bucket of ice right next to the pitcher. Then you can scoop the ice into glasses before pouring in the drink.

I always serve sangria in a clear pitcher, so you can see the fruit and the beautiful colors. Make sure to put a spoon in the pitcher to scoop out slices of citrus into each glass.

Pitcher and glass of Orange White Wine Campari Sangria.

White Wine Sangria Variations

  • Consider making some orange juice ice cubes, which look cool floating around in the drink and will add more tart-sweet flavor to the sangria as they melt.
  • If you want a less alcoholic version of this sangria, you can top off the glasses (or the pitcher) of sangria with some sparking water. This will add more fizziness (the orange soda also adds a nice bit of effervescence) and also tone down the alcohol level. Offering a bottle of chilled sparkling water with sangria allows people to decide how strong they want their drink to be.
  • For extra visual appeal, mix up all kinds of sliced oranges for garnishing the glasses: look for Blood oranges, Cara Cara, Satsumas, Valencias. You could also slice up some lemons or lime for that extra wow factor. Meyer lemons are lovely if available. You can also freeze the orange lice to help keep the drink cold.
  • Try adding some frozen strawberries to help keep the drink cold and add pops of red.
Orange White Wine Campari Sangria in glasses and a pitcher.

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Orange White Wine Campari Sangria

Bright, and delicious, the prettiest orange, this refreshing cocktail is perfect year round.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 14 People
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Equipment

  • 1 Pitcher

Ingredients 

  • 1 bottle dry white wine (see Notes for suggestions)
  • 1 (12-ounce) can sparkling orange soda such as Pellegrino
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons Campari
  • 2 tablespoons Cointreau Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
  • 2 to 3 oranges preferably different types, sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced (optional)
  • Ice cubes lots

Instructions 

  • Pour in the wine, sparkling orange soda, Campari, and Triple Sec in a large pitcher. Add the sliced oranges and lemons and give the mixture a stir. Refrigerate for at least a few hours, until well chilled.
  • Serve in big wine glasses (or the glasses of your choice) over lots of ice, making sure to scoop some slices of citrus into each glass.

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Notes

I think the best white wines for sangria are Pinot Grigio, Sauvingon Blanc, a dry Reisling, or Vinho Verde.  Steer clear of those oaky, butter California whites, like Chardonnays, which have a lot of sweetness to them, and can be cloying in combination with the fruit and added sugar.
  • Consider making some orange juice ice cubes, which look cool floating around in the drink and will add more tart-sweet flavor to the sangria as they melt.
  • If you want a less alcoholic version of this sangria, you can top off the glasses (or the pitcher) of sangria with some sparking water. This will add more fizziness (the orange soda also adds a nice bit of effervescence) and also tone down the alcohol level. Offering a bottle of chilled sparkling water with sangria allows people to decide how strong they want their drink to be.
  • For extra visual appeal, mix up all kinds of sliced oranges for garnishing the glasses: look for Blood oranges, Cara Cara, Satsumas, Valencias. You could also slice up some lemons or lime for that extra wow factor. Meyer lemons are lovely if available. You can also freeze the orange lice to help keep the drink cold.
  • Try adding some frozen strawberries to help keep the drink cold and add pops of red.

Nutrition

Calories: 150kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 9mg, Potassium: 190mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 120IU, Vitamin C: 33mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 1mg
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Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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