Stay cool this summer with a delicious and refreshing peach sangria recipe! Enjoy this simple and easy summer cocktail the perfect blend of sweet and tart, and get ready to raise a glass!
I can still remember the first time I ever tried sangria.
I was fresh out of college and invited to a wedding shower for a friend and they were serving a red wine sangria with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and slices of oranges.
It was so good!
At this point in my life, I really didn’t care for wine, but sangria?
Since then, I’ve tried all sorts of sangrias, and while I love the red wine versions, my favorites are those made with white wine.
I feel like the flavors of the fruits really shine in a white wine sangria.
While many sangrias include a variety of fruits, the star of the show in this recipe is definitely the peaches!
I’ve also shared some other fruits that pair well with peaches if you want to experiment.
- What is Sangria?
- How to Pick the Best Peaches
- Which White Wine is Best for Peach Sangria?
- How Long Should the Fruit Soak in the Wine?
- Can You Make Peach Sangria in Advance?
- What's the Best Way to Store Sangria?
- Which Fruits Pair Best with Peaches?
- How to Serve Sangria
- More Refreshing Summer Cocktails
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What is Sangria?
So, the word sangria comes from the Spanish word for blood, because traditional sangrias are made from red wine.
It became popular during times when water often wasn’t safe to drink, so people often drank watered wine. The alcohol in the wine killed the bacteria in the water, and the water reduced the alcohol content of the wine.
Eventually, people started adding fruit and spices to the watered wine and created a really delicious drink.
Sometimes other spirits like brandy, Cointreau, and other liqueurs are added for more flavor.
Now, sangria typically refers to a wine-based beverage with fruit and club soda.
How to Pick the Best Peaches
Have you ever bought some peaches and they turn out to be mealy?
Ugh. I have.
Here are some tips to help you get the best peaches, and how to know when they’re ripe.
- Local peaches have a better chance of being perfectly ripe: they generally aren’t picked too early and then transported somewhere.
- If possible, buy from a farmer’s market and check to see if you can sample them!
- White peaches tend to be sweeter, while yellow peaches are more tart.
- Medium to large-sized peaches are usually sweeter.
- Look for good colors: peaches should be vibrant golden-red. Sometimes parts of the peach will be paler yellow if they were shaded by leaves, but the overall color should be vibrant. If there’s any green, the peach was picked too early.
- Avoid fruit with dents, bruises, or flat spots.
- Give them a smell! A good, ripe peach should have a peachy fragrance. If there’s no peachy smell, odds are there’s not a lot of peachy flavor either.
- A perfectly ripe peach will have a little give when you gently squeeze it.
- If they’re perfectly ripe when you buy them, refrigerate them when you get home. If they’re still a little firm, let them sit on the counter for a few days.
Which White Wine is Best for Peach Sangria?
Lots of people think that sangria has to be made with red wine, but peach sangria is really best when you make it with white wine.
You don’t want to overpower the flavor of the peaches!
The best white wines for sangria are dry wines like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, dry Reisling, an unoaked Chardonnay, or Grenache Blanc.
For this recipe, I recommend steering away from sweeter wines like Moscato because the star of this recipe is pretty sweet.
When AnnMarie and I went to Madison, Indiana for a retreat at our friend’s store: Olde Tyme Marketplace we went out to dinner one of the nights and Beth ordered a few bottles of Belinni Cipriani for the table.
If you’ve never tried it before, I highly recommend it!
Fair warning: It’s not sugar-free.
It’s basically peach puree, sugar, and Prosecco.
Sure, you could make your own peach puree using a low carb sweetener and add that to Prosecco if you prefer.
But sometimes, you just want something easy.
Besides, the recipe includes peach schnapps which also has some sugar in it.
Not only is Belinni Cipriani delicious on its own, but it’s also the perfect wine to add to peach sangria!
You can find it in stores like Total Wine, World Market, and some grocery stores too.
How Long Should the Fruit Soak in the Wine?
The fruit should sit in the wine mixture for at least 4 hours, and it’s even better if you make it the night before.
But if you’re in a pinch, I’ve made sangria just 2 hours before serving it and it still tastes good.
The fruit just won’t infuse as much flavor into the drink.
Whether the fruit has had two hours or 24 hours to soak, be sure to serve your sangria with a long spoon so you can spoon some of the tasty fruit into the glasses!
Can You Make Peach Sangria in Advance?
One of the reasons sangria is a fantastic drink to serve at a party, shower, cookout, picnic, tailgate, or barbecue is that it tastes best when you make it ahead!
Just remember, wait to add the sparkling wine and club soda until just before you serve it.
If you end up with leftovers, you can still refrigerate the sangria for later, it just won’t be as bubbly and effervescent.
I promise it still tastes amazing!
Sangria will last in the fridge for up to five days.
What’s the Best Way to Store Sangria?
Fresh sangria can last up to five days after you prepare it.
It needs to be refrigerated in an airtight container.
I generally store it in my refrigerator in the same container that I use to serve it and add some cling wrap to keep other flavors out.
If you’re making a batch of sangria to take to a tailgate or a picnic, you may want to transport it in an unbreakable container with a screw-on lid.
Which Fruits Pair Best with Peaches?
Peaches are one of those fruits that pair beautifully with other fruits!
Have fun playing around with adding other fruits to this simple peach sangria recipe.
Some fruits that taste amazing with peaches include (but aren’t limited to) apricots, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, mangos, nectarines, and pineapples.
Experiment and add just one or several other fruits to your peach sangria to make it your own!
Mint also pairs nicely with peaches, so consider adding sprigs of fresh mint leaves as a garnish.
Since mint has such a strong flavor, wait to add it until just before serving or it may overpower the fruits.
How to Serve Sangria
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