This sweet and refreshing Lychee Sangria combines white wine, elderflower liqueur, and canned lychees. It’s perfect for summer outdoor gatherings!
The perfect summer beverage. Serve this lychee sangria for brunch, as an afternoon apertif, or when you’re lounging around the pool.
Inspiration for this drink came from my recent trip to Kauai.
White Wine Lychee Sangria
One of my favorite things from Hawaii was the abundance of lychee. Lychee infused water, lychee sorbet, and lychee shaved ice.
But the stand out from the bunch was the lychee sangria I had in Kauai. Never before had I though about adding lychees to white wine.
It was so cool, refreshing, and flavorful. The light and sweet lychees pair well with a crisp and clean Sauvignon Blanc.
Naturally, I had to make my own version back at home.
What is St. Germain?
St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur is my favorite. If it is in a cocktail menu, you bet I’m ordering it.
St. Germain surprisingly smells very similar to lychee, making it a perfect addition to my lychee sangria.
Plus, it adds a nice aroma that is hard to replicate. To sweeten this drink with even more lychee essence, I used the heavy syrup from the canned lychee.
Some thinly sliced limes add a pop of color while also highlighting the citrusy notes of the white wine.
This lychee sangria is a winner. It smells wonderful, tastes great, and is an ideal beverage to sip on during warm summer nights.
This was the perfect drink to toast to when my family and I arrived back home from a very enjoyable and memorable family vacation.
Where can I find fresh lychees?
Fresh lychees are available at Asian markets. Recently, I found them at Trader Joe’s, but they were twice as expensive.
The exterior skin of lychees varies from different shades of red and green. They turn brown when refrigerated, but that doesn’t mean that the fruit has gone bad.
Canned lychees can be found at pretty much any supermarket nowadays.
The canned lychee photographed above is my favorite. Try to find canned lychee that lists “lychee” as the first ingredient, not sugar or water.
What wine did you use for this recipe?
I used Matua Sauvignon Blanc (2013). It is available at Costco and major wine retailers. It tastes amazing and it is very affordable.
- 750 ml bottle Sauvignon Blanc
- ½ cup St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 20 oz canned lychee in heavy syrup, drain but reserve syrup
- ¾ cup reserved lychee syrup
- 2 limes, sliced thin
- fresh lychee, to garnish
- In a large pitcher combine Sauvignon Blanc, St. Germain, drained lychees, ¾ cup reserved lychee syrup and thinly sliced limes. Cover and let chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to infuse. (Allowing sangria to chill overnight is best.)
- Stir before serving. Serve chilled, with ice if desired. Garnish with fresh lychees.
- Look for canned lychee with minimal ingredients. It should just be: lychees, water, sugar.
- Fresh lychees are available at Asian supermarkets. They are often at Trader Joe’s- however they will be twice as expensive.
Ready for more summer sangria? Try these favorite recipes:
- Mango Pineapple Sangria Slush – a blended slushie sangria that combines white wine with frozen fruits
- Stone Fruit Sangria – rose wine mixed with a variety of stone fruit (cherries, peaches, nectarines, etc)
- Strawberry Peach Sangria – a light refreshing mix that combines white wine, limoncello, and ginger ale