Red vs. White Sangria

Sangria has always been the perfect alcoholic drink for a picnic or party. However, this refreshing cocktail has two varieties, which are red and white sangria. Both varieties can be spiced with flavors like orange, pears, mango, fruit juice, or flavored liqueur.

Red and white sangria are traditional Spanish beverages but differ in flavor profile and ingredients. So you don’t get confused when choosing between the two, this blog explains red and white sangria variations and their differences.

Red Sangria

Typically, red sangria has more alcohol concentration than white sangria. The primary ingredient is red wine, which is the base and could be varieties of Rioja, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Tempranillo.


  • Fruits: Adding fruits to your red sangria improves its freshness and flavor. Some common fruits include; apples, lemons, oranges, blackberries, strawberries, and pomegranate seeds.
  • Sweeteners: Sweeteners such as sugar and simple syrup of orange juice will help to balance the acidity of the alcohol.
  • Liqueur: Although liqueur is optional, you can add a splash of liqueur-like raspberry liqueur or brandy. You may also add orange liqueur like Grand Marnier or Cointreau.
  • Spices and herbs are optional; you can tweak them to your taste preference. Examples are; cloves, cinnamon sticks, basil, or mint.


  • The rich and warming flavors of red sangria make it an excellent choice for fall and winter parties. 
  • The vibrant color and festive flavors make it a popular choice for holiday celebrations, such as Thanksgiving and New Year’s gatherings.
  • It can enhance the dining experience at dinner parties and wine-pairing events.
  • Red sangria is often featured at wine and food festivals as a flavorful and crowd-pleasing beverage option. 
  • Its warm and comforting qualities make it a great choice for cozy nights and intimate gatherings.

White Sangria

White sangria is made with white wine as its base, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or Chardonnay. It’s also generally lighter and more refreshing than red sangria. More so, white sangria is more popular than red sangria.


  • Fruits: White sangria is tropical and made with fruits such as berries, melons, peaches, and citrus fruits like limes and oranges. These fruits contribute to the refreshing taste that pairs with white sangria.
  • You can also use the same sweetness used in red sangria.
  • Liqueurs: You may add peach schnapps or elderflower liqueur to add a floral note to the white sangria.
  • Herbs and floral elements: You can add mint, basil, and edible flowers, to enhance the aromatic and fresh character of your white sangria.


  • Perfect for summer gatherings, pool parties, and barbecues. 
  • An excellent choice for brunches, bridal showers, or daytime events where a lighter and more delicate drink is desired. 
  • White sangria’s light and refreshing qualities make it a great choice for outdoor picnics and al fresco dining.
  • It is a popular option for beach or poolside parties due to its refreshing and thirst-quenching qualities.

Enjoy Refreshing White and Red Sangria At Trattoria Il Panino!

You will crave more with one sip from Trattoria Il Panino’s white and red sangria! We have a variety of delicious Italian meals, cocktails, and wines that define what it means to eat at an Italian restaurant. To see the results for yourself, make a reservation with us today!