Pear and Lime Sangria


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2 glasses of Sangria topped with lime wedges

This Pear and Lime Sangria is an easy twist on white sangria. It’s a little sweet, a little tart, and a whole lot of summer-meets-fall flavor. Perfect for mixing up a pitcher (or two…or three!) for your next party.

Pears in a white bowl

I love that this time of year keeps you guessing. One minute it’s cold, the next it’s hot. One week we think the AC is off for good, the next we’re cranking it up. All the fall fruit is nestled right up to the last of the tomatoes and basil.

At our house, only a handful of tomatoes made it through the season, but the basil grew in intense, vibrant bunches.

With cool weather creeping in, we had to put it to use.

a bunch of herbs

The truth is, both Frank and I have been itching for this seasonal transition. When the air is chilly in the morning but you can still on the deck in the afternoon sun and sip on a cold drink.

Or a pitcher of cold drinks…

It’s pretty much perfection.

Adding white wine to a Pitcher of Pear and Lime Sangria

And sangria really is the perfect pitcher drink. This sangria features crisp white wine, sweet pears, tart limes, fresh basil and a few shots of that vodka tucked in the back upper shelf of our pantry.

Hello Pear Vodka.

We only see you twice a year, but it’s always for something good.

a bottle of vodka on a table

A glass of sangria really suits the celebratory and slightly hectic mood at our house this week. Frank and I spent last weekend at a wedding in Virginia where we did our best to buy all the local, danced until late in the night, and sat out even later under the stars catching up with dear friends.

I turned around and left on another trip to learn about Kansas farms and food (where I am currently on a bus driving 70 mph past fields of soybeans).

You can, as always, check out all of our travels over on Instagram. (And see a picture of a really cute pig I wanted to bring home.)


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Pear and Lime Sangria

Super simple to prepare, this quick sangria can be made ahead and tastes even better if refrigerated overnight. The recipe is easily doubled or tripled for a crowd.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • Pitcher


  • 1 bottle White Wine, chilled (any dry variety)
  • 1/4 cup Vodka (pear vodka is great, but not necessary; brandy works too)
  • 3 Limes, sliced into rounds
  • 2 small Pears, sliced into rounds
  • 6 sprigs Basil, plus extra for garnish


  • Combine all ingredients (except a few basil sprigs to use for garnish) in a pitcher. Chill for at least 1 hour and up to a day to allow the flavors to come together.
  • Serve over ice with extra basil sprigs on top.


Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $10.00
Calories: 164
Keyword: pear and lime, sangria
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Meanwhile, back at the ranch.

While I’m road tripping across Kansas, Molly and Clara are at home, admiring the pedicure they got from their grandma last weekend and sporting the only thing they want to wear these days – Peppa the Pig dresses with tutus.

Molly and Clara_Sept 1016

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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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