Sparkling White Sangria

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With sparkling wine and fresh fruit, this white sangria is pretty and festive — perfect for a party!

Whenever we visit my parents in Florida, we have dinner at Columbia, a Spanish/Cuban-style restaurant on Sarasota’s St. Armand’s Circle. Mike and I always share a pitcher of their sparkling white sangria, which the server prepares tableside for a little drama. I thought it’d be fun to make at home for friends, so I created this copycat recipe. There’s no need to use an expensive sparkling wine. Buy something inexpensive and buy a lot–no matter how much sangria I make, I always find myself back in the kitchen chopping fruit to make another batch.

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Sparkling White Sangria

With sparkling wine and fresh fruit, this white sangria is pretty and festive — perfect for a party!

Servings: 4
Total Time: 15 Minutes


  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) brandy or cognac
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar (see note)
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 2 limes
  • 1 small apple, such as Fuji or Honeycrisp, peeled and chopped
  • 1 nectarine, chopped
  • 1 bottle chilled sparkling wine, such as Cava, Prosecco or Champagne
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite
  • A few bunches frozen grapes


  1. In a large pitcher, combine the brandy, orange liqueur and sugar. Squeeze juice from one lime and one orange half into the pitcher. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Slice the remaining orange half into thin slices and add to pitcher, then add chopped apples and nectarines. Add the sparkling wine, lemon-lime soda and a large bunch of frozen grapes. Place ice cubes in glasses (do not put them in the pitcher or they’ll water the drink down) along with small bunches of frozen grapes and pour sangria over top. Spoon chopped fruit into glasses, garnish with lime slices if desired and serve.
  2. Note: Superfine sugar dissolves much faster than regular sugar. It is available at most supermarkets. This recipe makes a fairly sweet sangria; if you prefer it dry, use less sugar.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • This was an excellent white sangria – even the men enjoyed it! A few asked for the recipe which I gladly shared along with your website. Will definitely make again! Thanks

    • — ANNE LADY on August 20, 2021
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  • This was delicious and so pretty sitting in the pitcher on the table! I made 3 pitchers in one weekend! Anytime I’m looking to make something I search your website first! I have made over 50 of your recipes and the way you write them with tips and sourcing savvy is so fool proof!

    • — Kristen on August 18, 2021
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    • 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 18, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I’m making this for a party next Saturday. I understand the need to make this shortly before serving, but I’d like to cut up the fruit in advance. Any suggestions on how far in advance I can do that and/or what I can do to make sure the fruit doesn’t brown or get mushy? Any suggestions will be appreciated. Can’t wait for your new cookbook to be out. It will give me something to do during cold months.


    • — Sandy on August 14, 2021
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    • Hi Sandy, Thanks for your support with the cookbook! I think you could get away with cutting up the fruit the morning of the party. I’d store each fruit separately and toss the chopped up apple with just a touch of lemon juice to keep it from browning. Hope that helps and that everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on August 14, 2021
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  • If you are wondering what to serve at your next book club, ladies lunch, on the patio on a hot summer evening – look no further! This is a perfectly balanced and refreshing Sangria. I promise you will be happy you made it!

    • — Terri F. on July 29, 2021
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