White Sangria

This is my favourite thing to drink while sitting in the spa and watching the stars. The original recipe suggests that you serve with ice cubes and soda water. Personally, I can’t stand the idea of watering it down and choose to omit those ingredients. The other thing I do is double the sugar syrup, Cointreau and wine and that ensures there is enough to drink for a long spa stay.


55 g (¼ cup) caster sugar
60 ml (¼ cup) water
1 cinnamon stick
80 ml (¹⁄³ cup) Cointreau liqueur
1 red apple, halved, cored, thinly sliced
1 orange, halved lengthways, thinly sliced
1 lemon, halved lengthways, thinly sliced
750 ml bottle white wine
ice cubes and soda water to serve (optional)



Stir the sugar, water and cinnamon stick over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute. Set aside to cool.

Combine the sugar syrup, Cointreau, apple, orange, lemon, wine and ice in a large jug. Top with soda water (if you are a complete nutter do the soda water bit). I sometimes throw in a sliced lime as well, if I have one handy.

I leave the jug in the fridge for up to 4 hours (if you can wait that long) to give a stronger fruit flavour.

So, I have the sangria in the fridge……. what do you think I might be doing tonight 😉

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