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White Christmas Sangria

The perfect holiday cocktail, White Christmas Sangria. This wintery white wine sangria is full of pears, limes, and cranberries then topped off with ginger beer. Great for serving at a holiday party!

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Two stemless wine glasses full of white wine Christmas sangria with pears, limes, and cranberries.

Christmas Sangria

I am a big believer that each holiday should have its own sangria and I am slowly working towards achieving that. I have my famous Halloween Sangria and the Strawberry Rosé Sangria with little heart for Valentine’s Day. So I figure at this point a Christmas Sangria should be next!

I decided to do it with white wine because I think that white wine especially during the holidays needs more love. Also white wine is usually more crowd friendly, so it is a bonus.

Into the white wine goes some seasonal red and green fruits! So perfect!

And to top it off I went with ginger beer which I think plays with the limes really well in this sangria (think like a Moscow Mule).

I will point out that this sangria is not overly sweet, if you are a regular follower you probably would expect that. BUT if you like your drink on the sweeter side you can make a few changes which I will note further down.

So if you are ready to make a fun Christmastime sangria that is equally as pretty as it is easy let’s go!

A shot of a stemless wine glass filled with pears, limes, and cranberries filled with White Christmas sangria.

Ingredients

  • White Wine – You can really make this white wine sangria with your favorite wine but if you are wondering what kind works best I did prefer Sauvignon Blanc in this drink although a Pinot Grigio was second followed up by Chardonnay. Overall whichever one you chose remember this is a sangria so the bottle does not have to be fancy, grab something under $20 and you will be totally fine!
  • D’Anjou Pears – D’Anjou Pears are the shorter green variety. I chose these because they are not only the most universal of pears as far as flavor and texture but they are also a beautiful green color. Of course pears can tend to be seasonal so if you can’t find that exact variety any kind will work. If you are looking to stay in the green family a Bosc pear is usually pretty green as well. (You could also go in the opposite direction and get a red pear too!)
  • Limes – The Limes in this sangria are really going to be the item that will make it or break it, if you get a bad lime it will affect the whole drink. So carefully choose the limes, you will want them to be soft and heavy, this indicates that they are ripe and contain plenty of juice.
  • Fresh Cranberries – Fresh cranberries give this drink a beautiful red pop! And because of the texture and skin of the cranberry I opted to cut some of the cranberries in half letting so that some of the flavor can actually get in the sangria.
  • Ginger Beer – Just a little ginger beer here helps bring all the flavors together. Note ginger beer’s sweetness can really vary between brands, I went with Fever Tree it is a good quality mixer and it conveniently comes in the size bottles that this recipe calls for!
  • Fresh Rosemary – For garnish, something about the holiday season a sprig of rosemary on top of the drink is so satisfying, plus it definitely gives it something a little extra!

For a complete detailed list of the ingredients continue towards the bottom of the page.

All the ingredients needed to make white Christmas sangria laid out on a table top.

Instructions

Slice the pears and limes, add to a pitcher.

Add 1 cup of the fresh cranberries to the pitcher.

Carefully half the remaining cranberries, there will be some cranberry seeds present. If having little seeds in the sangria is going to drive you crazy I found that rinsing the halved cranberries off in a colander helped any loose cranberry seeds come off before placing into the pitcher.

Once the cranberries are halved add them to the pitcher.

Pour the white wine overtop of the fruits in the pitcher. Cover tightly and transfer to the refrigerator for 4 hours to chill.

When ready to serve top off the pitcher with the ginger beer. Serve immediately. 

A cutting board with sliced fruit with pears, limes, and halved cranberries.
Collage showing the steps of adding sliced pears, limes, and cranberries to a pitcher.
Collage showing steps of adding white wine and ginger beer to a pitcher filled of green and red fruit.
A large pitcher filled with pears, limes, and cranberries topped off with white wine.

TIPS, TRICKS, & QUESTIONS

Can I make this sangria sweeter?

Yes, to do that you can do one of two things. First you can substitute the ginger beer for ginger ale soda which is sweeter. Second you can simply add a little sugar when adding the fruit. I would start with 1/4 cup and then taste test it and add more from there if needed.

What kind of wine is best for a white sangria?

For white sangria most people prefer a Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Grigio. Just remember for a sangria you don’t need to spend over $20 on the bottle of wine.

Can I make it more boozy?

T’is the season right? Absolutely, I recommend if wanting to add something more a 1/2 cup to 1 cup of vodka would be what you want to add.

A stemless wine glass filled with White Christmas sangria filled with green pears, limes, and fresh cranberries.

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Stemless glasses with white winter sangria filled with pears, limes, cranberries, and topped off with fresh rosemary.

White Christmas Sangria

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

This White Winter Sangria is full of holiday spirit and flavor with fresh pears, lime, and cranberries then topped of with gingerbeer. Quick to become a crowd favorite this sangria is not too sweet allowing it to be a perfect holiday cocktail recipe!

Ingredients

  • 750 mL White Wine {Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, or your favorite type}
  • 2 D'Anjou Pears
  • 2 Limes
  • 1 ½ Cups Cranberries, divided
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) Ginger Beer, chilled
  • Fresh Rosemary for garnish

Instructions

  1. Slice the pears and limes, add to a pitcher. Add 1 cup of the fresh cranberries to the pitcher. Carefully half the remaining cranberries* and add to the pitcher.
  2. Pour the white wine overtop the fruits in the pitcher. Cover tightly and transfer to the refrigerator for 4 hours to chill.
  3. When ready to serve top off the pitcher with the ginger beer. Serve immediately.

Notes

*There will be some cranberry seeds present, if having them in the sangria is going to drive you crazy I found that rinsing the halved cranberries off in a colander helped off any loose cranberry seeds.

D'Anjou Pears are the shorter green ones, feel free to use other types if needed.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 418Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 29mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

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