Watermelon Sangria is one of my favorite sangria recipes for the summer! Made with fresh watermelon, oranges, and limes, it’s a refreshing, tasty cocktail!
What is Sangria
Sangria is a punch made with wine. It’s traditionally a red wine mixed with fresh fruit and juices. Sangria, as we know it, is from Spain. The first sip we got in the U.S. was a red sangria at the 1964 World’s Fair in the Spanish Pavilion. I can only imagine that was the busiest pavilion!
Ever since that summer, we’ve been making lots of different sangria recipes based on the first sangria recipe! During the summer months, I love sipping on white sangrias. White wine, orange juice, and any other summer fruit make the most refreshing drink!
How to Make Sangria
Sangria is one of the most simple cocktail recipes to make! Start by pouring your favorite wine, red or white, into a large pitcher. Add in your favorite fruit, like apples oranges or seedless watermelon and a fruit juice like lime juice to the pitcher and stir to combine! Some people will add a simple syrup but I like to taste to see if it needs any additional sweetness.
Generally, you want to make sure you can let the sangria sit for 4 to 8 hours before drinking. This makes sure that all the flavors can mix together. If you can make it the day before it’s even better! Just let it sit in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it up!
Watermelon Sangria Recipe
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What Do You Mix with Sangria
Watermelon Sangria is simple to make with just seven ingredients. You probably already have them your kitchen during the summer! I used Moscato wine to make it a touch sweeter without having to add simple syrup. Then mixed in vodka, triple sec, seedless watermelon, sliced lime, and oranges.
Other great ingredients you could mix in are;
- Berries– Any summer berry would be delicious but my favorite would be strawberries, blackberries or both!
- Grapefruit– This would add a bit of a tart balance to the flavor. I would probably do this and mix in tequila in place of the vodka.
- Rum– This would replace the vodka. I love rum drinks in the summer.
- Tequila– Tequila is another spirit that screams summer to me! I would add a bit of lime juice as well.
- Bubbles– I love bubbles with my sangria! You can use sparkling wine, club soda or a lemon-lime soda. Sparkling White Peach Sangria is one of my favorites!
Easy Entertaining with Sangria Recipes
As soon as the weather warms up I love heading out back to hang out with friends and family! We like to have people over to play cards while we snack and sip on yummy drinks! One of my favorite tips for simple entertaining is to have a big batch cocktail, like a Moscato sangria on hand.
One of our favorite sangria recipes to serve is Tropical Moscato Sangria. I love the summer flavors AND the fact that my friends can serve themselves! That way you aren’t stuck in the kitchen or bar making drinks and your friends are more likely to make themselves at home.
Watermelon Sangria is another long-time summer cocktail favorite! I love that it’s filled with fresh watermelon, oranges, and limes! Those flavors just scream summer fun to me! It’s hard to find a person (other than my niece) that doesn’t like watermelon! Summer fruit takes the cocktail to the next level!
I’m Having a Summer Party What Drinks Should I Serve
Summer parties are so fun! There is no reason they need to be a lot of work! Keep it simple and you AND your guests will have a great time!
These are our favorite Sangria Recipes to serve;
- White Peach Sangria
- Cherry Limeade Sangria
- Lemon-Lime Sangria
- Strawberry Lemonade Sangria
- Peach Lemonade Sangria
- more Summer Sangria recipes
Delicious Appetizers to Serve with Sangria Recipes
If you’re hosting a summer party and keeping the drinks simple with sangria, you definitely want to keep the food simple too! I love making appetizers that can be made the day before and just pulled out or popped into the oven right before my friends get there.
Some of my favorite make-ahead appetizers are;
- 7 Layer Dip
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Pico De Gallo
- Fresh Pineapple Salsa
- Bacon Jalapeno Deviled Eggs
- more Tasty appetizers
Helpful Tools to Make this Watermelon Sangria Recipe
Glass Pitcher– You want to find a pitcher that will show off the amazing color and fruit in your watermelon sangria and be big enough to hold all that delicious boozy fruit!
Blender- I got my Ninja blender a few Christmases ago and LOVE it! I have been so happy with the sharpness of the blades and the size of the container! You’ll love it!
Long Cocktail Stirring Spoon– I have these and LOVE them! You think, why would I need that, I can just use my wooden spoon. Then you go to stir your fruit-filled Sangria and realized the that you can’t get it down through all that fruit and if you do you spill all over the place! Trust me don’t go spilling your watermelon sangria and get these amazing spoons!
Mesh Strainer– You don’t want to skip the mesh strainer if you can help it! It will make the texture of the watermelon sangria much better. Mesh strainers are great to have on hand for so many things in the kitchen, including a lot more summer cocktails!
*Watermelon Sangria Recipe Original Post Date May 10, 2013*
- 7 cups seedless watermelon cubed, divided
- 750 ml white wine We used Moscato wine
- 1 cup vodka
- ½ cup triple sec
- 1 medium lime sliced
- 1 medium orange sliced
- Place 6 cups of watermelon cubes in a blender
- Blend on high until very smooth
- Strain juice through a mesh strainer into a large pitcher
- Pour the wine, vodka, and triple sec into the pitcher
- Stir to combine
- Mix the remaining 1 cup of watermelon, the lime and orange slices into the sangria
- Chill for 4 hours before serving