Watermelon Sangria

Watermelon sangria has the best sweet flavor! A big pitcher made with this juicy fruit is perfect for summer entertaining. What’s better for a hot summer afternoon than a cool glass sangria? The music of the ice cubes clinking against the glass is refreshing in itself! Here’s a perfect fruity flavor for summer: watermelon sangria! While this flavor is not a traditional Spanish spin, it’s a deliciously sweet way to enjoy this summer fruit. This recipe made in the style of a traditional sangria: just sweet enough, with white wine, brandy, and of course: lots of watermelon! Ingredients for watermelon sangria Sangría is a traditional wine punch that originates from Spain. The classic version is red sangria, made with red wine and chopped fruit, and often orange juice or brandy. Spaniards also drink white sangria, a version made with white wine. This watermelon sangria is a spin on a white sangria that adds watermelon juice for a fruity spin. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe: Fruit: watermelon, green apple, and lime Sugar White wine Brandy or Grand Marnier Fresh mint How to make watermelon sangria (the Spanish way) This watermelon sangria as a spin on the traditional Spanish way to make white […]

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Watermelon sangria has the best sweet flavor! A big pitcher made with this juicy fruit is perfect for summer entertaining.

Watermelon sangria

What’s better for a hot summer afternoon than a cool glass sangria? The music of the ice cubes clinking against the glass is refreshing in itself! Here’s a perfect fruity flavor for summer: watermelon sangria! While this flavor is not a traditional Spanish spin, it’s a deliciously sweet way to enjoy this summer fruit. This recipe made in the style of a traditional sangria: just sweet enough, with white wine, brandy, and of course: lots of watermelon!

Ingredients for watermelon sangria

Sangría is a traditional wine punch that originates from Spain. The classic version is red sangria, made with red wine and chopped fruit, and often orange juice or brandy. Spaniards also drink white sangria, a version made with white wine. This watermelon sangria is a spin on a white sangria that adds watermelon juice for a fruity spin. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Fruit: watermelon, green apple, and lime
  • Sugar
  • White wine
  • Brandy or Grand Marnier
  • Fresh mint
Watermelon sangria

How to make watermelon sangria (the Spanish way)

This watermelon sangria as a spin on the traditional Spanish way to make white sangria. The method is inspired by our favorite Spanish chef, Jose Andres. Chef Andres is from Spain and started many successful restaurants here in the US. The “Spanish” way to make sangria that Chef Jose recommends is this:

  • Macerate fruit for 20 minutes: Mix the sangria fruit with sugar and let it macerate or stand at room temperature and break down. This helps the fruit flavors permeate the wine even more.
  • Make the watermelon juice: Make watermelon juice in a blender.
  • Add liquids: Add white wine and brandy. Throw in some lime slices and mint.
  • Refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours. This allows the flavors to meld and develop.
Watermelon sangria

Make ahead instructions

With this watermelon sangria, we don’t recommend making it more than 4 hours in advance. Why? Well, because the fruit is in the liquid, it starts to become soggy. The flavors also start to fade a bit. So, don’t plan to make this drink too far in advance! You can cut up the fruit and even make the watermelon juice beforehand. But don’t start the actual instructions until you’re no more than 4 hours away from serving time.

Don’t forget to eat the fruit!

Don’t let the fruit go to waste in this watermelon sangria! It’s nice to serve the fruit on skewers, so you can let your guests eat the remaining wine-soaked fruit after the meal. It’s a nice dessert or palate cleanser!

How to make watermelon sangria

Brandy vs Grand Marnier

Outside of the white wine in watermelon sangria, the other flavor is from brandy or Grand Marnier. Here are a few notes on the two types of liquor:

  • Brandy: Use whatever brandy you have on hand. Cognac is a fancy type of brandy if you have that available. You can also use Cognac for a Sidecar or French Connection.
  • Grand Marnier is a mix of brandy and orange liqueur: it gives it a little higher end vibe. You can also use it for a Cadillac Margarita.

More watermelon drinks

Love this vibrant pink summer fruit? There are lots of ways to use it. Here are some of top watermelon drinks to try:

Watermelon sangria

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Watermelon sangria

Easy Watermelon Sangria


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Watermelon sangria has the best sweet flavor! A big pitcher made with this juicy fruit is perfect for summer entertaining.


Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed seedless watermelon, divided
  • 1 green apple
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 bottle dry white wine, chilled
  • 1/2 cup brandy or Grand Marnier
  • 1 handful mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, sliced into rounds

Instructions

  1. Chop the apple and watermelon into bite-sized pieces. Add the chopped apples and 2 cups of the watermelon to the bottom of a large pitcher. Sprinkle them with sugar and stir gently. Let them stand for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  2. After 20 minutes, add the remaining 6 cups of watermelon to a blender and blend until juiced. Pour through a strainer into the pitcher. Add the the white wine and brandy, fresh mint and thinly sliced lime rounds. Stir and refrigerate for 1 hour, or as long as 4 hours. (Don’t go beyond 4 hours or the fruit texture starts to degrade.)
  3. Pour the watermelon sangria into ice-filled glasses. Add fruit to each glass, preferably on long skewers for easy snacking.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Chilled
  • Cuisine: Spanish

Keywords: Watermelon sangria

More types of sangria to try

There are so many different types of sangria to try! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Rose Sangria Just a handful of ingredients and fruit make a light and fruity summer drink that everyone will be talking about.
  • Easy Peach Sangria Another white sangria, with a load of sweet fruit.
  • Frozen Sangria This icy version is wine-forward and just sweet enough, with a hint of citrus.
  • Apple Cider Sangria A fall-themed spin that pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon.

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Hocus Pocus Punch. (p.s. it’s a mocktail!)

On tap for the next week: hocus pocus punch! This fun Halloween punch is actually a mocktail.  I have so many delish fall cocktails that I wanted to make something for you that truly everyone could enjoy.  And here we are. As a true original Hocus Pocus lover, I feel like I can’t even mention […]

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On tap for the next week: hocus pocus punch!

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

This fun Halloween punch is actually a mocktail. 

I have so many delish fall cocktails that I wanted to make something for you that truly everyone could enjoy. 

And here we are.

halloween punch

As a true original Hocus Pocus lover, I feel like I can’t even mention the movie these days because it’s become such a millennial thing! Such a cult classic. I am obviously a millennial and I did loooove Hocus Pocus. This punch has nothing to do with the movie but I’ve always loved the name. Heck, I probably loved the term hocus pocus before the movie became a thing.

But!

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

Can I tell you about why I loved Hocus Pocus so much? 

It was Bette Midler. Alllll Bette Midler. I actually saw Hocus Pocus in the theater (it came out in the summer!) because I loved her so much. I don’t even think I knew (or thought)it was a Halloween movie!

Even though I was barely tween, and later, of course I would fall head over heels all things that Sarah Jessica Parker touched (they turn to gold!), in the 90s for me, it was all Bette.

My mom adored her and we listened to her albums. We watched Beaches on repeat (I can’t even watch it now because it’s so.darn.sad) and since she was obsessed with her, I was obsessed with her too! We would belt out all her music in the car and to this day, I get a huge wave of nostalgic when I hear her sing. 

I don’t know what it is. 

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

So that’s my hocus pocus story.

And this is my hocus pocus punch!

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

Apple cider, cranberry, orange, ginger and all sorts of delicious things. No real ties to the film, but lots of fun to make and drink while you WATCH the film.

If you’re not doing apple cider sangria, that is.

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

Hocus Pocus Punch

Hocus Pocus Punch

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus pocus punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans orange seltzer
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 oranges, (sliced)
  • 2 apples, (sliced)
  • 1/3 cup maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup ginger ale or ginger beer
  1. Combine the apple cider, juice, orange seltzer, ginger ale and maraschino cherry juice in a pitcher or large bowl. Add the cherries, orange slices and apple slices. Stir and serve!

It’s the best fruity, bubbly potion.

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Apple Orchard Punch.

Today we’re making chilled apple cider punch that tastes like fall in a glass! Okay and yes, let’s address the elephant in the room: I have an apple cider addiction. Because, how can you not? Guys, I think I have eight apple cider cocktails for you this season. Maybe give or take one. I LOVE […]

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Today we’re making chilled apple cider punch that tastes like fall in a glass!

This apple cider punch recipe has tons of fall flavor! Apple cider, aperol, pomegranate soda and prosecco come together to create a bubbly treat!

Okay and yes, let’s address the elephant in the room: I have an apple cider addiction. Because, how can you not?

Guys, I think I have eight apple cider cocktails for you this season. Maybe give or take one. I LOVE apple cider so much (p.s. yes homemade is coming soon), I adore that it can be hot or cold, and it just makes the best fall cocktails. 

This apple cider punch recipe has tons of fall flavor! Apple cider, aperol, pomegranate soda and prosecco come together to create a bubbly treat!

Speaking of, that’s one of the reasons I wanted to bring Thursday cocktails back for the fall. Because here’s the thing: in the summer, I drink mostly chilled rosé or white wine. Maybe some margaritas. Maybe (a gallon of) an aperol spritz.

In the fall though? I want all the sangrias, punches, those warm-you-to-the-core autumn flavors that make me so happy.

This apple cider punch recipe has tons of fall flavor! Apple cider, aperol, pomegranate soda and prosecco come together to create a bubbly treat!

Is that how your cocktail hours are going?

Please tell me yes. 

This apple cider punch recipe has tons of fall flavor! Apple cider, aperol, pomegranate soda and prosecco come together to create a bubbly treat!

See, it’s rare that I will run out and buy a bunch of new bottles for punch or cocktails unless it’s a REALLY good, almost classic, relied on recipe that everyone loves. Like my white apple cider sangria. I want to use the ingredients over and over again! 

This apple cider punch recipe has tons of fall flavor! Apple cider, aperol, pomegranate soda and prosecco come together to create a bubbly treat!

This is one of those. With some tart pomegranate flavor, a whole cup of aperol (it works incredibly well in fall drinks!) and bubbly, dry prosecco. 

THIS IS A KEEPER. 

This apple cider punch recipe has tons of fall flavor! Apple cider, aperol, pomegranate soda and prosecco come together to create a bubbly treat!

In addition to being all around obsessed with the flavor of this punch, you know, with the whole “it’s almost fall but it’s 90 degrees so let’s make a fun drink!” thing, it’s one that you can totally make ahead of time. 

If you’re going to a tailgate party or want to transport this somewhere, combine everything and take it with you. It’s perfect! The bubbles may die down a bit, but it still tastes incredible.

This apple cider punch recipe has tons of fall flavor! Apple cider, aperol, pomegranate soda and prosecco come together to create a bubbly treat!

Then, if you find yourself with leftover apple cider, pour it in some popsicle molds! Freeze ’em and serve with the punch. Wisdom, I tell you.

This apple cider punch recipe has tons of fall flavor! Apple cider, aperol, pomegranate soda and prosecco come together to create a bubbly treat!

Apple Cider Punch

Apple Orchard Punch

This apple cider punch recipe has tons of fall flavor! Apple cider, aperol, pomegranate soda and prosecco come together to create a bubbly treat!

  • 2 apples, (thinly sliced)
  • 2 oranges, (thinly sliced)
  • 6 cups chilled apple cider
  • 2 cups chilled pomegranate soda
  • 2 cups chilled ginger beer
  • 1 ½ cups aperol
  • 1 bottle chilled prosecco
  1. Place the apples and oranges at the bottom of a punch bowl or pitcher. Combine the remaining ingredients together and serve over ice! If desired, add a sprinkle of cinnamon.

This apple cider punch recipe has tons of fall flavor! Apple cider, aperol, pomegranate soda and prosecco come together to create a bubbly treat!

Could literally drink this every darn day.

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