White Wine and Sparkling Cider Sangria

It was very warm last week, 97°....a premature summer from my perspective.  I had planned to have friends over for dinner and it had been so very nice that I thought eating on the patio would be a great idea.  It was a great idea but the weather turned to down right hot.  I had to laugh because the last time I had planned to eat outdoors it turned very cold; now it was hot...what a dilemma!  Problem solved:  eat later in the evening, turn on the patio fan and prepare a refreshing drink!

I found a recipe for White Wine and Sparkling Cider Sangria. It looked perfect...fruit, wine, sparkling cider.  I wanted a drink that would not be strong, just tasty and refreshing.  This hit the mark.

White Wine and Sparkling Cider Sangria 
adapted from Steven Raichlen - Food and Wine

1 bottle dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
1 cup fresh orange juice
Juice of 2 limes
10 strawberries, thickly sliced
Orange and lime slices
1 1/2 cups sparkling sweet cider

In a large glass pitcher, combine the first 5 ingredients and set aside to macerate for 15 minutes.  Just before serving, add the sparkling cider.  Pour into glasses over ice.  Provide additional fruit slices for the glasses.


I chose to put the ice in the glasses instead of the pitcher as I didn't want the entire pitcher of drinks to become diluted.  It was a good choice.  Having the extra fruit for the glasses was fun, too.

Everybody liked the sangria.  We all agreed that it was refreshing and perfect for a very warm afternoon.


  1. We haven't hit hot weather yet but they were wearing shorts and T's yesterday. I am looking forward to light and refreshing drinks on the patio!!

  2. Not hot enough here yet..But I will be back:) So pretty too.

  3. we dont have your weather here in CT however we had beautiful Mother's Day weather and this looks like it would pair so nicely with today. So fruity and light, a favorite combination.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Looks marvelous, Kate. I much prefer white sangrias to red. It's been pretty hot in Florida too....summer is upon us!

  5. Looks so good. Sounds like a wonderful recipe:)

  6. This is beautiful and I'm sure it was great too:@)


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