This White Wine Sangria is perfect for those who like pumpkin spice but don’t want to overdo it. Made with crisp white wine, rye, spices, and fresh fruit, this recipe is a fun twist on the traditional sangria you can enjoy any time of the year!

Pear and white wine sangria in glass with a slice of fresh pear

The perfect cocktail doesn’t exi-…Let us stop you right there. This white sangria recipe is unlike any other you’ve tried. If you’re a fan of fall flavors like this autumn harvest sangria or love a good pear cocktail, you’ll love this White Wine Sangria! Whether you want to level up your cocktail recipes for this upcoming fall or spice up your summer cocktails, this easy White Wine Sangria recipe is for you!

What Is a White Wine Sangria?

A White Wine Sangria is a lighter version of a red wine sangria. The white wine provides a lighter, crisper flavor that blends beautifully with the spices and pear used in this recipe. To make a White Wine Sangria, we start by taking a bottle of white wine and dumping it into a pitcher. Then, we combine fruity flavors like pear juice with maple syrup, rye, ground cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Lastly, we garnish our glasses of sangria with fresh pears for extra fruity notes!

two glasses of white wine sangria outside on a table

What You Need to Make a White Wine Sangria

  • Bottles White Wine
  • Whistle Pig Maple Syrup – You can also use regular maple syrup or simple syrup if you like. 
  • Whistle Pig Rye – One of our secret ingredients in this drink!
  • Bottle Pear Juice
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice – You can also make your own by combining cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger. 
  • Fresh Pears
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Whole Cloves 

How to Make a White Wine Sangria

  1. Pour the wine into a large pitcher.
  2. Combine the maple syrup, rye, half of the pear juice, ground cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in another bowl.
  3. Whisk until combined.
  4. Pour the mix into the pitcher.
  5. Mix to combine.
  6. Add the remaining pear juice and stir again.
  7. Add the ½ of the pear slices, cinnamon sticks, and thyme to the pitcher.
  8. Let sit for 30 minutes before serving.
  9. Use the remaining pear slices to garnish glasses and pour into glasses as desired.

What to Serve With a White Wine Sangria

Because White Wine Sangria contains white wine, it pairs perfectly with seafood dishes like seafood scampi or baked salmon. If you’re planning on sharing with friends or family (we don’t blame you if you want to drink it all by yourself, though), pair it with some fun appetizers like a cheese plate or basil pesto sticks!

Pear white wine sangria glasses.

Leftovers

If you didn’t down the pitcher of sangria in one sitting (no judgment if you did), store any leftovers in a pitcher in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Expert Tips

  • The cloves, thyme, and cinnamon sticks are all subtle flavors not meant to be consumed. So if you can’t trust your friends not to choke on a clove, strain the sangria as you serve it and garnish it with fresh thyme sprigs. 
  • Serving later but don’t want to slice in front of the company? A quick spritz of lemon juice will keep the pears from browning as they await their fate.
  • Add a splash of club soda for a little extra fizziness!
  • You can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less maple syrup!

Recipe FAQs

What wine should I use for sangria?

Cheap wine is perfect! Dry white wine is one of our favorite wines for this sangria, as you are adding a ton of other flavors. Sauvignon blanc and pinot grigio are safe bets. We find chardonnay too buttery and avoid it for making sangria. 
Also, if you want something with a bit of sparkle, Roscato makes a sweet white wine with a fun mild sparkle that we think is best for sangrias. It also has a super low alcohol content, cutting everything a bit. Or, if using, you could add more whiskey. This is a judgment-free zone.

What is pear nectar, and where do I buy it?

Pear nectar can be really hard to find at markets and isn’t exactly something you see stockpiled. Pear nectar is like pear juice but can have a different sediment level. We always check the ingredients and go for REAL pear juice, with nothing added. As with all fruit juices, best to keep it simple. Check the Latin section of your market for pear nectar or juice, as Goya makes one that we often find while traveling through the US.

Can I use another kind of fruit besides pears?

If you’re not a fan of pears, fear not! You can use different fruits like apples, peaches, or plums, especially if you make this cocktail when you can get your hands on seasonal fruit, like fresh peaches in the summer or apples and plums in the fall!

How can I make this cocktail a summer drink?

If you’re not big on the spices in this recipe, omit them and add more fruit flavors instead. For example, you can add fresh citrus like lemon or orange, fresh raspberries, ripe peaches, green grapes, a splash of orange liqueur, orange juice, triple sec, or grand Marnier.

Can I make a frozen sangria with this recipe?

Absolutely! Throw all your ingredients with some ice cubes into a blender and blend away! 

What can I do with the leftover sangria fruit?

Making popsicles with the leftover boozy fruit is a great idea for when you want a spiked frozen treat!

2 glasses of white wine sangria with slices of pears and a bottle of whistle pig maple syrup

More Cozy Cocktail Recipes to Try

Whether making this White Wine Sangria on a hot summer day or cozying up to the fire on a crisp Autumn day, this flavorful drink is a delicious way to enjoy the summer and fall flavors! The sweet flavor of the pears, paired with the spiciness of the fall spices, makes a cocktail worthy of any dinner party or a random day of the week when you just want something sweet. So, raise your glasses and toast to good times and great wine! Also, please rate the recipe card and leave a comment below to help out the next reader!

2 glasses of pear white wine sangria with pear slices in each on a wooden board

Pear White Wine Sangria

Our white wine sangria is a delightful blend of your favorite white wine, a medley of fresh fruits, and a touch of sweetness. Sip and savor the vibrant flavors of this perfect summer beverage.
5 from 19 votes
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Cocktail Recipes
American
Author: Kita Roberts
35 minutes
Serves: 1 pitcher

Ingredients

  • 2 750 ml bottles white wine
  • 1/2 cup Whistle Pig Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Whistle Pig Rye
  • 1 33.8 Oz bottle Pear juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon - ground
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 fresh pears - sliced thin, seeds removed
  • Handful fresh thyme
  • 6 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 tsp cloves - whole

Instructions

  • Pour the wine into a large pitcher.
  • In another bowl, combine the maple syrup, rye, half of the pear juice, ground cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Whisk until combined.
  • Pour the mix into the pitcher.
  • Mix to combine.
  • Add the remaining pear juice and stir again.
  • Add the 1/2 of the pear slices, cinnamon sticks, and thyme to the pitcher.
  • Let sit for 30 minutes before serving.
  • Use the remaining pear slices to garnish glasses and pour into glasses as desired.

Notes

Pear juice or pear nectar can be really hard to find! Check in the Latin section of the market. It can be found by the can, in boxes or in these large glass bottles.
The cloves, thyme and cinnamon sticks are all subtle flavors not meant to be consumed. So if you can’t trust your friends not to choke on a clove, strain the sangria as you serve it and garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.
Serving later but don’t want to slice in front of the company? A quick spritz of lemon juice will keep the pears from browning as they await their fate.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 23mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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