Nectarine Sangria

A light, sweet, Nectarine Sangria is perfect for the last hot, hazy days of summer. It is easy to make and the perfect drink for a special evening.

A light, sweet, Nectarine Sangria is perfect for the last hazy hot days of summer. It is easy to make and the perfect drink for a special evening.

I’m 18 weeks pregnant and absolutely ready for a nice, crisp, refreshing glass of wine!  I never thought I would miss alcohol during pregnancy because we drink very little in general but I’m ready to kill for a glass of wine or one of Jonathan’s amazing margaritas.  I’ve already laid in supplies for Jonathan to make me a margarita about 10 minutes after this baby arrives!  OK, maybe more like a few weeks but needless to say he knows it is a high priority!

I first had Sangria in the Cantabria region of Northern Spain.  I was 19, had no experience with red wine at all, and fell quickly for my host mom’s simple blend of red wine, fruit, lemon juice and cinnamon.  I know the combination sounds a bit odd, but honestly it is the perfect accompaniment to a dinner of paella and french bread!

These days it seems like “sangria” means very sweet alcoholic punch with more grain alcohol than wine.  I’m sure they are yummy but I still prefer a simpler drink of wine and fruit.  Spring through early fall I enjoy white wine sangria primarily because they go so well with summer salads and BBQs.  In the winter I revert to the luscious red wine version I was first introduced to.

This Nectarine Sangria is perfect with summer wrapping up.  There is a lot of great stone fruit available and the weather is hot, hot hot. I sampled a sip to double check my recipe and then the batch went off to a party where I watched others drink it up with some jealously.  You will all have to enjoy this recipe for me until baby makes his or her appearance in January!

This is a nice drink all year if you can get decent fruit but I struggle a bit to find even decent stone fruit in the winter.  If push comes to shove, I will buy some less ripe fruit and ripen it on the counter.  It would not be sweet enough to eat by itself but it still makes a nice winter drink that reminds me spring is on its way soon!

If you enjoy making summer drinks,  I suggest investing in a decent set of glassware to serve them with.  I make lemonades, raspberry cordial, and sangria all summer and have a variety of fun pitchers to serve with.  This is the next set I have my eye on.  It is simple and elegant for a good price.

I highly recommend my famous Guacamole as the perfect snack to accompany this end of summer treat.  Enjoy! 

Guacamole Recipe

Nectarine Sangria
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Total time
Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Spanish / American
Serves: 5
  • 1 bottle (750ml) of Moscato or Moscato blend wine, I used a Varietal Blend of Riesling and Moscato
  • 3-4 favorite stone fruit (peaches, white peaches, nectarines, white nectarines)
  • 1 lemon
  1. Slice the lemon skin and all and place in a pitcher.
  2. Slice stone fruits off of the pit and place into the pitcher.
  3. Pour the wine over the fruit and refrigerate for about 20 minutes to let the flavors mingle.
  4. Serve in chilled glasses garnished with fruit, flowers or mint.
  5. Freeze leftovers (if you are lucky to have any) and drink as a slush.
Note on Wine: I suggest a Moscato on the sweet side but not too sweet. Buy something you like! This is a simple unpretentious drink. The wine should be on the cheap end and reflect your personal tastes. For this sort of thing we are big fans of the Sutter Home Moscato and this time I grabbed a Riesling / Moscato varietal blend that was lovely.

This recipe is participating in Weekend Potluck!


A light, sweet, Nectarine Sangria is perfect for the last hazy hot days of summer. It is easy to make and the perfect drink for a special evening.

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10 thoughts on “Nectarine Sangria

    • Oh goodness! I was in College Station in June just about 8 weeks into the pregnancy and it was hard just trying to get from the airport to the house. They do heat like nobody else in the country! Hang in there ladies!!!

    • Thank you! It was years before I got around to making a white sangria because I was so stuck on red. I think it is a wonderful place to start because it can be so simple.

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