White Wine Vanilla Pear Sangria

Today we’re making a crisp and refreshing White Wine Pear Sangria. Pears are an autumn underdog. They don’t get the love apples or pumpkins see when the temperatures drop.

glass pitcher filled with sliced pears and white wine pear sangria with a bottle of chardonnay, a pear and a wine bottle opener

They have a sweet and delicate flavor that plays well with spice but can be enjoyed all on its own. I wanted to keep this recipe light so I left out the hearty cinnamon and spice flavors ubiquitous in the fall.

Fruit

glass pitcher with a bottle of chardonnay, a pear and a bottle of vanilla schnapps

Grab the ripest pears you can find. When they get riper they get sweeter and juicier. Unfortunately pears are perfectly ripe for 37 seconds so just get as close as you can.

Cut them in half and remove the core, you can use a fancy corer but if they’re ripe you can scoop out the seeds and stem with a spoon. Thinly slice the pears and toss them in your serving pitcher.

The downside to pears in your sangria is they.. shed? Your pear sangria will look a little cloudier than something like a Strawberry Wine Sangria.

The other key pear player in this sangria is pear juice. Listen very carefully, you need to look in the baby section. We want 100% pear juice, not pear flavored sugar water. Gerber makes it.

Don’t feel bad buying baby juice to flavor your wine. It’s not the first time kid’s snacks have turned into mixers and it won’t be the last ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wine

rounded glass and clear glass pitcher filled with sliced pears and white wine pear sangria with a bottle of chardonnay, a pear and a bottle of vanilla schnapps

Sangria isn’t the time to break out the expensive wine. To be fair, on my budget, there is never time to break out expensive wine.

Grab just about any large bottle of chardonnay, you’re adding fruit, fruit juice and liquor remember? I picked up a 1.5L  bottle of Vendange Chardonnay because the bottle said it had hints vanilla and apple flavor. It also said oak but I ignored that.

I’m not the wine police, use what you have or what you like. As long as you stick to something white and fruity that doesn’t taste like gasoline you’ll be fine.

Booze

We diluted the wine with pear juice so it’s only right that we kick it back up a notch with some booze. Pear isn’t an easy flavor to find in the liquor store and I didn’t want to go too over beard with that specific flavor so I ended up with  vanilla schnapps.

I’m a sucker for Dr. McGilicuddy’s bottles so it wasn’t a hard choice. Vanilla schnapps are sweet with a vanilla flavor that melts into the wine and pear. It’s not an aggressive ingredient, which is good because we’re relaxing remember?

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White Pear Sangria

White Pear Sangria

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Enjoy a chilled White Wine Pear Sangria as summer turns to fall and the rest of the world obsesses over pumpkin spice and flannel

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Vanilla Schnapps
  • 1 large bottle Chardonnay, chilled
  • 2 cups Pear Juice
  • 3 Ripe Pears, cored & sliced

Instructions

  1. Dump sliced pears into the bottom of a serving pitcher
  2. Pour in Vanilla Schnapps, Chardonnay and Pear Juice
  3. Serve chilled
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strawberry wine sangria in a clear rounded glass with sliced of fresh strawberries on a green marbled tile

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