Refreshing Peach Sangria is everything you want in a summer drink. Cold, crisp, and just sweet enough. Three kinds of booze, three kinds of fruit, and a whole lotta ice make this white wine sangria perfect for sittin’ and sippin’. Scales up easily so you can invite friends over for your porch party!
I love a lot of flavors in the summer. Smoky barbecue, buttered corn on the cob, campfire s’mores, fresh watermelon… Oh, and adult beverages.
Mojitos. Margaritas. Rickey’s. Juleps. Pina Coladas. Boozy popsicles. Ice cold beers. And yeah, when the mood is right, I will absolutely partake in a hard seltzer when I need something cold, refreshing, and somewhat mind-numbing. What can I say? I am an adult who loves a seasonal adult beverage.
But you know me – if I can maximize my palate’s enjoyment, I will. So a summer cocktail with summer fruit wins every time, and white sangria with peaches has always been a favorite.
I love that sangria isn’t super sweet. The simple syrup is just enough to enhance the sweetness of the stone fruit in white sangria recipe without making it cloying.
For a summer sangria, peach is the star of the show thanks to fruit plus schnapps. (Yes! Schnapps. Ask your grandma to borrow that bottle that’s been in her cabinet since the early 80s if you don’t want to buy your own.) But it’s the addition of fresh cherries, plums, and other stone fruits that strike your fancy that set this recipe apart from other white sangrias, which sometimes rely on fruit juices for flavor, but wind up just adding sugar and watering down your drink. (If I wanted water, I’d suck on the hose, thankyouverymuch.)
Now, I do need to add a disclaimer – because we are nothing, if not responsible grownups – so be careful. Peach sangria is about as easy to drink as it is to make. And it’s really easy to make. And it’s also easy to make a big batch for you “and your friends.” So remember – all things in moderation, and keep that hose handy for when you need a break in between glasses.
Is Sangria a Summer Drink?
You bet your sweet summer bottom it is! Technically, sangria is a drink for all seasons, but how you dress it up can absolutely vary depending on the time of year.
White wine pairs perfectly with summer fruits – berries, stone fruit and even melons – in a summer sangria, but you can still thoroughly enjoy “traditional” sangria with red wine and citrus fruits in warmer months. (In fact, one can thoroughly enjoy it a little too much… or so I’ve heard.)
Conversely, you don’t have to bid farewell to white wine sangria in cooler months. Apple Cider Sangria is a Thanksgiving favorite that we usually make with Sauvignon Blanc.
Much like mulled wine, red wine sangria still packs a punch come winter time. The proof is in our spiced Holiday Sangria with cranberries.
If you’re looking for the best summer sangria recipe, then you can’t go wrong with this refreshing white peach sangria. That being said, if you prefer to suck on, rather than suck down, your peach sangria when it’s hot out, white sangria boozy popsicles are summer on a stick!
How to Make Peach Sangria
Peach Sangria is a perfect refreshing summer cocktail for easy evenings or backyard barbecues. In this recipe for white sangria, peaches, cherries, and plums soak in chilled white wine, brandy, and a hit of peach schnapps for extra summery flavor. It’s like sipping sunshine!
- Pit and thinly slice peaches and plums, and pit and halve cherries. Place them in the bottom of a pitcher.
- Add the white wine, simple syrup, brandy, and schnapps to the pitcher and stir. Transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 4 hours, and up to 12.
- Pour over ice, spoon additional fruit into glass, and serve chilled.
- Sangria can be scaled up for big events. For my annual summer party, I quadruple it and use a box of wine – we really like Bota Box Sauvignon Blanc.
- A variety of fruits adds visual appeal. Stone fruits work best (like nectarines or white peaches), but berries (like raspberries, for just a touch of tartness) are delicious too.
- Chill properly! Not just to get it cold, but to allow the flavors to blend and for the fruit to flavor the sangria. Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.
What Is the Best Wine to Use?
This recipe calls for dry white wine – consider sauvignon blanc, vino verde, albarino, or pinot grigio. Avoid sweet wines, as the simple syrup and schnapps are already quite sweet.
Pick something you’d willingly drink on its own, but you don’t need to reach for “top shelf” – aim for a mid-priced bottle in the $12-15 range. Sangria was made for middle-of-the-road wines. When in doubt, ask your wine store clerk – they’ll be well versed!
How to Keep Peach Sangria Cold?
White sangria must be served chilled, but it also needs time to marinate so those beautiful summer fruit flavors hit the right spots. Kill two birds with one stone (fruit) and let it hang out in the fridge for at least 4 hours, and up to overnight, before serving.
Always pour chilled sangria into glasses filled with even more ice for a crisp, refreshing sip. Use cubes – not crushed or nuggets – so it doesn’t get too watery.
When I serve peach sangria for parties, I chill a full 24 hours in advance. I then wrap the bottom of the pitcher in a kitchen towel and nestle the entire pitcher into a cooler filled with ice (the towel will prevent a glass pitcher from potentially cracking, or you can use a plastic pitcher).
If you’re going big batch on this recipe, consider a beverage dispenser (one with a spigot) or even bust out your mom’s old punch bowl. (You know it’s in the back of some cabinet somewhere…)
Did you make this peach sangria? I’d love to know how it turned out! Leave a comment and a rating below.
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- Large Pitcher
- 4 peaches, pitted and sliced
- 1 plum, pitted and sliced
- 1 cup pitted cherries
- 1 bottle dry white wine, vinho verde, sauvignon blanc, etc
- ½ cup brandy, we prefer Hennessy
- ⅓ cup simple syrup, or ¼ c agave
- ⅓ cup peach schnapps
- Thinly slice the peaches and plum; pit the cherries, then slice in half. Place all the fruit in the bottom of a large pitcher.
- Add the white wine, simple syrup, brandy, and peach schnapps to a large pitcher and stir. Transfer to the fridge and allow to marinate until chilled – at least 4 hours, and up to 12.
- Fill a wine glass with ice, then pour the sangria into the glass. Spoon additional fruit into the glass and serve immediately.