Minted Sangria Recipe from our Food Photography , Food Styling Workshop

Update: we have added new dates for our workshops!  If you’re interested, you can sign up here.

It’s funny how this recipe came to mind. We were in teaching our food photography/food styling workshop this weekend and the students were tackling the subject of photographing drinks. Drinks can often be challenging, especially when it comes to reflections, styling drinks and how to add interest to simple liquids.

Diane was quickly setting up to style a drink scene for the students to practice photographing and someone yelled out “Sangria”. Yes! the thought of having a sangria sounded so perfect at the time too. But the visual thoughts of styling chunks of fresh fruit in a fizzy drink was the perfect subject for the scene.

In about 4 minutes, a sangria set was made and propped ready for the waiting cameras and photographers.

After going home and looking at the image again, it made us thirsty just looking at the photo, so we decided to re-create the exact same looking drink with a recipe to share with you all! Enjoy!

This workshop at our studio this weekend was so much fun and the amazing gathering of students from around the country blew us away. We had students come from Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego and of course, our beloved local people too. What made this gathering so amazing was all the stories we shared with one another about our family heritage, food stories and personal family recipes.

So many of us were from different parts of the world and though we all grew up with different family food traditions, we all shared so many things in common. The laughing didn’t stop. And neither did the food, we ate and photographed till we dropped.

This workshop was sold out, but we added new dates and we still have a few spots left. Register for classes here. Thank you to those who came and look forward to meeting all new students.

-diane and todd

Scenes from a busy weekend of food photography!

Todd & Diane live tethered shooting & styling, talking about light & composition

Kathy setting up in the gorgeous light 

Hands on food styling: working together to compose pretty food 

everyone styled multiple dishes & photographed their final hero plates

Styling soups, sandwiches, salads, meats, drinks, pastas and more!

from conception to final shot! 

Taleene photographing her beautiful styled sandwich 

Painting surfaces for food shots! 

the ideas and creativity students painted for textures was amazing! 

both plenty of DSLR and iPhone shots were happening

group shot of the small, intimate class! Thanks to all students for attending. Please keep in touch! xoxo 

Tropical Sangria Recipe

Yield: 1 cocktail

Cook Time: 2 min.

This recipe is based off of what we had at the workshop (apples, mango, and mint) and came together in a delicious sangria. To compliment the mango and mint, we used a touch of white rum and lime to fortify the sangria. This gets even better if made in large batches and allowed to combined flavors over a couple hours before serving.


  • 2 oz. White Wine (Sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, or other crisp white)
  • 1 oz. White Rum
  • 1/2 oz. fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon diced Apples
  • 1 Tablespoon diced Mango
  • 2 lrg Mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 oz. Club Soda


  1. Combine all ingredients except club soda and mix until sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. When ready to serve, pour over ice and finish with club soda.
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  1. Yelena

    Seems like very good workshop! I wish I can meet you again.-)) Nice to see you have many interesting projects.

  2. Dish

    Yes, please!! Going to try the recipe out this Saturday. Thanks! And your photography is amazing.

  3. Jennita @

    Thank you so much Diane & Todd for a fabulous weekend workshop of food styling and photography. What a great team you two are, and wow, do you guys serve up some yummy food too! I left completely energized by all the valuable knowledge that you graciously shared with us. Your passion for what you do is completely inspiring, and I am excited to start practicing everything I learned.

  4. Taleene Karamardian

    Thank you both so much for an amazing 2 days! I learned so much and met the nicest people. Your passion for cooking, styling and photographing beautiful food in infectious! I hope to play in the studio with you both again soon.

  5. sally cameron

    Looks like you had a great time. Beautiful photo of the sangria! Hope I can take a class in the future. I’m at IACP in New York! Will check out your schedule so I can learn to shoot. Love those painted surfaces. Really need to learn that. Hugs to you both!

  6. Eileen

    Oh how I wish I could get to one of your workshops :(

  7. Kiran @

    What a creative and hands-on workshop!!! I hope to attend someday :)

    That sangria had me drooling!!

  8. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    How fun! Wish I could make it to one of these workshops. I need to spend a weekend making some new surfaces. How big are those boards?


    1. White on Rice Couple

      Brandon- These were 8×4 boards that were cut down into 6 pieces. But sometimes we’ll cut them larger for larger food scenes.

  9. marla

    Wow!! Looks like such a great time + a super talented bunch of people.

  10. Elizabeth @PrinceDesignUK

    I’ve been visiting your site for a while, and it really inspires me, as well as making me hungry 😉 Thank you for sharing all your tips! I’m beginning to overhaul my shots of my ceramic work and you are definitely giving me lots of food for thought!

  11. Yukiko

    So pretty!
    and the food looks really good too

  12. Alyssa @ Queen of Quinoa

    Looks like a fabulous workshop! Sadly, living in VT doesn’t provide much opportunity for attending workshops like this. If you ever make your way to the East Coast to host one of these, I will gladly be your spokesperson 😉

  13. Joanne Ozug (@FifteenSpatulas)

    Your posts always make so happy! They’re so beautiful, both in writing and of course the photos. The workshop looked like so much fun, hopefully I can attend one in the future!

  14. Thyme (Sarah)

    This looks so terrific. It has been wonderful to watch you guys go from a conceptual phase to actually ‘up and running’ phase. So terrific and really proud of you both! (that’s my mom-side coming out)

  15. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    Great info! I love the freshness and brightness of the workshop and the resulting pictures. I also have to get on the paint your own board program..genius :)

  16. Katie {Epicurean Mom}

    Such fun!! I just love your workshops! Hopefully I can attend another one soon! And this sangria sounds spectacular!

  17. Kimberly

    Wish I could study under you two again! Looks like the students had an amazing experience. Are the food surfaces plywood? What size?

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Kimberly- These were 8×4 paneling boards that were cut down into 6 pieces. But sometimes we’ll cut them larger for larger food scenes.

  18. Karen Milling

    That studio looks so amazing! It is just flooded with beautiful light and creativity! Hope I get the chance to take a workshop sometime!

  19. Alexis {Diva on a Diet}

    It IS hard to photograph drinks! Glasses, ice, liquid! All so hard! But those look great. And painting those boards for backgrounds! Such a good idea! Someday, I will get past just taking photos of food in my little light photo cube! Unfortunately the lighting in my condo is horrible! Maybe I can find a food photography class around here! But alas, I’m still working on cooking better meals so I have something worthy of photographing! Thanks for sharing!

  20. JulieD

    Beautiful sangria. I love that you guys captured so much during the workshop! Gives everyone a good feel for what they’re like. xoxo

  21. Chef Connie

    I am so bummed I could not make it. Looks like another great workshop.

  22. Maria

    Wish I lived closer! I really need to attend one of your workshops!

  23. Rachel

    We had the most incredible experience with you guys this weekend! I can’t believe how much we learned about food photography and styling, not to mention meeting such amazing people and devouring so much mouth-wateringly good food. Your workshop was so inspirational and we are so excited for what’s to come now! Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving us that inspiration!!

  24. jen @ one curly fry

    Absolutely gorgeous photos!

  25. Susan in the Boonies

    Honestly, this post is crammed full of “how it’s done” images that give me so many ideas!
    Y’all rock.
    My 14 year old daughter already paints little square sheets of paper with colors and designs she likes. I’m going to ask her if she’ll paint some background props for me.
    What are the squares y’all were painting made of? That would be helpful for me. I’m sure you could use lots of things, but I’d like to know what you’re using in these shots.

    And that sangria shot is LUMINOUS! I could use one here in Nashville today. The high should be around 90º.

    1. White on Rice Couple

      Susan- These were 8×4 paneling boards that were cut down into 6 pieces. But sometimes we’ll cut them larger for larger food scenes.

  26. Serena

    Such a fun workshop! Thanks so much for sharing your time and knowledge :-)

  27. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    So fun!! Thanks for sharing :)

  28. Simone

    What a fantastic workshop! I might actually sign up for one if you have more dates coming after may. Would love to fly over… I have in fact a cocktail shoot planned end of april and would have loved to see how you guys handle such a subject.. 😉

  29. Liz @ Blog is the New Black

    I love the workshop posts- wishing I was able to attend!

  30. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Some sangria (tropical!) would be perfect right now :)

    And that is so cool you guys painted boards. That’s a DIY project I need to do, like 5 times over in different colors.

    Had I not gone to Food & Light last year with you two, you know I would have been all over this workshop. Kind of wishing I would have anyway :)

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