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Sangria Switch-up: ~White Sangria with Mango and Mint~

July 7, 2011

Looking for a fun yet easy drink to supply your next party, barbecue or summer get together? Look no further!!!!

Sangria is the ultimate party beverage because you can go as big and grand or as simple with it as you want (or have time and/or funds to).  There are endless sangria recipes out there, and so long as you start with a high quality wine and add fresh fruits you enjoy, you can’t go wrong.

The world of sangria is broad and encompasses everything from cinnamon spiced red wine sangria to rosé sangria to sparkling white peach sangria and everything in between.  If you have never tried it before, white sangria is where it’s at on a hot summer day! Trust me, I’ve been experimenting.

You can do almost anything with white sangria and it will end up tasting quite yummy, but this recipe is my current favorite!  It’s a little more complicated than some, but other than the fresh mint and mango there’s nothing too exotic involved in the preparation.  And best of all, there is room for you to add your own personal touch to the recipe!  You’ll be like the Martha Stewart of sangria.

Here’s your ingredient list:

  • 750 ml Marques de Caceres dry white wine (Rioja, Spain)
  • 2.5 oz. Grand Marnier
  • 1 bunch fresh mint (crushed)
  • 1 mango (peeled & cubed)
  • 1/2 pt strawberries (sliced)
  • 1 orange (sliced into rings)
  • 1 lemon  (sliced into rings)
  • 10 oz club soda
  • ice

Simply cut up the fruit (and don’t be afraid to improvise and add your own favorite fruit to the mix!), mash up a little less than half the mint (to release the flavor) using either a mortar and pestle or the handle of any kitchen utensil. Allow mixture to soak in the Grand Marnier (or your favorite brandy) for a few hours, ideally overnight, covered and refrigerated.  Once your fruit is good and sauced up– and about an hour before serving–mix marinated fruit with plenty of ice in a pitcher, pour in the wine and soda water, stir it up and you’re ready to party! I like to garnish each glass with a spring of lightly crushed mint and an orange or lemon wheel.  And don’t forget to get a couple of those strawberries and mangoes that settle to the bottom (and are full of delicious liquor) into each glass to be gobbled up.

If mango and mint are too fancy for your style, substitute with peaches, pears, apples, grapes–really any fruit you please.

And if you want your sangria to pack a lot of punch (no pun intended), add a shot or two of vodka with the Grand Marnier as the fruit marinates!

There is no wrong way to make sangria; Have fun experimenting and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Check out Message in a Bottle’s other fabulous sangria recipes, including Lindsey’s rosé sangria recipe, and join us in a few weeks in the store at Andover Liquors for a sangria tasting on July 23rd!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. swiss11 permalink
    July 7, 2011 7:15 pm

    Mmmmm, sounds delicious! I have fresh mint growing in my garden. I can’t wait. When I used to think of Sangria I would think of Riunite or Manischewitz. (Gross!! I used to drink that stuff?) This recipe sounds amazing and I’m sure it will change the way I think of Sangria.

    Sue Brennan

    • Maggie permalink
      July 7, 2011 7:25 pm

      Well thanks, Sue!!! I’m glad you like the recipe; It will definitely change your mind about sangria! The mint adds some earthiness which balances out all that fruit, and using mint that you grew will make the flavor pop even more, I’m sure. There’s nothing quite like home-grown edibles! Thanks for reading, and I hope you have fun making up a batch of sangria and enjoy it with good company and good weather! Cheers!!!

  2. Linda permalink
    July 7, 2011 10:13 pm

    I tried your recipe tonight. It’s delicious and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer night!

  3. Maggie permalink
    July 16, 2011 6:29 pm

    Good news, sangria experimentation enthusiasts!!! Marques de Caceres white now back in stock at Andover Liquors!!!


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