Refreshing with the taste of Summer, introducing Mango Sangria; a juicy white wine sangria! Use frozen blueberries to add interest, keep the sangria cool and add color. They’re delicious to snack on too! Make at least one day ahead for the best flavor.
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Summertime = Sangria Time
After last week’s Bourbon Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, I thought I’d share another boozy treat this week. After all, cold things go hand in hand with Summer. One must stay refreshed, right?
Besides, summertime and a refreshing mango sangria goes a long way. It can be made ahead, hang out in the fridge and be on the ready when you are.
Mix this mango sangria in a 2 Qt Mason jar for the ultimate convenience. Grab that jar and take it on a picnic or shove it in a cooler to a friend’s BBQ. It’s portable!
Sangria with Bubbles!
Sangria is somewhat new to me. I’d never DIYed sangria until last summer when this article from Epicurious inspired me. I was so surprised by how simple it is and the suggestion to add bubbles. I’d never had sangria with bubbles. I mean, why not? Adding club soda amps up the refreshment factor and makes it more fun!
What’s more, unlike a cocktail, sangria can hang out in the fridge for a day or two and be ready when you are. Make a big batch or small, whatever suits your plans.
Selecting Wine for Mango Sangria
VARIETY: For white wine sangria, I use a dry wine like Chardonnay simply because the sweetness of sangria is pulled from the fruit. However, a sweeter wine like a dry Riesling will work as well.
PRICE: The wine doesn’t have to be spendy because much of the flavor will come from the fruit and simple, depending on how much you add. But I don’t skimp on the orange liquor because I like smooth, bold citrus notes.
- Let it Set: Mango sangria is a snap to pull together. Just make sure you allow the sangria to set overnight. That way the mango has time to release its sweet juices into the booze.
- The Blueberries: Unless smashed, the blueberries won’t add any flavor, but I add them for color and enjoyment while sipping on this ultimate summertime sangria. They are completely optional!
- Make Ahead Ready: The beauty of sangria is that it can be made up to two days ahead and hang out in the fridge until you’re ready to share it. Its flavor improves with a bit of time.
More Fresh Fruit Sippers to Enjoy
Refreshing Mango Sangria
- Blueberries a few handfuls
- 2 1/2 C White Wine such as Chardonnay I like Bonterra 558g
- 1/2 C Cointreau 105g
- 1 C Mango small dice, 150g
- 4 Pieces of Lime sliced thin
- Fist-ful of Mint
- Simple Syrup see note
- Club Soda
- Place the blueberries on a small pan (I use a cake pan) and place it in the freezer at least an hour before serving the sangria.
- In a large Ball jar (2 Quart Size or 946 mL) add the wine, cointreau, mango and lime. Stir. Add a few springs of mint. Place jar in fridge to chill, for at least eight hours. Replace mint sprig with fresh before serving.
- To serve, give the jar a good shake or stir. Place ice in a low ball or small ball jar. Fill 1/2 -2/3 full of sangria and a few chunks of mango. Add simple to taste - I usually add about 1/2 ounce (14g) as this will depend on taste and sweetness of fruit. Top off with club soda. Stir. Add 4-5 frozen blueberries and a sprig of fresh mint.
Nutrition is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate. If this information is important to you, please have it verified independently.
Many thanks to Melissa’s Produce for sharing these plump fresh mangos with me.