Oh, red sangria, that feisty, hot-blooded attention hog. White sangria—its fairer, sweeter cousin—deserves a little time in the spotlight. It's not exactly traditional (sangria gets its name from the Spanish word for blood, sangre) but the pale alternative is one of our favorite summer cocktails. We've got five tasty recipes below...We find that white sangria typically has fruit swimming in it that we desperately want to eat: peaches, nectarines, grapes, pears, melon. It's light and sweet and beautiful. If you want to use some summer raspberries or strawberries, you'll tint your sangria a pretty blush color.
Most white sangrias call for a sugary liqueur or maybe brandy. We've used pear brandy before and loved it, but Cointreau or Calvados can all be good.