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.

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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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Rose Sangria

Here’s how to make rose sangria! Just a handful of ingredients and fruit make a light and fruity summer drink that everyone will be talking about. There’s red sangria and white sangria…so why not rose sangria? This sangria made with rosé wine is so light and refreshing, so filled with fruity, delicate flavor, that it’s jumped to the top of our favorites list. It’s perfect for summer entertaining, be it a lazy afternoon, pool party, lake house or dinner party drink. Sangria is so often made with too much sugar, or non traditional ingredients like ginger ale. This recipe shows you how to make rose sangria: the Spanish way! It makes for a delicate, nuanced flavor that’s just sweet enough and will leave you wanting more. Love rosé drinks? Try our Rosé Spritzer or Best Frose (Frozen Rosé). Ingredients for rose 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. There’s also white sangria, made with white wine. So while it’s a bit less standard: why not try it with rosé wine? Like many popular recipes, there are many variations […]

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Here’s how to make rose sangria! Just a handful of ingredients and fruit make a light and fruity summer drink that everyone will be talking about.

Rose sangria

There’s red sangria and white sangria…so why not rose sangria? This sangria made with rosé wine is so light and refreshing, so filled with fruity, delicate flavor, that it’s jumped to the top of our favorites list. It’s perfect for summer entertaining, be it a lazy afternoon, pool party, lake house or dinner party drink. Sangria is so often made with too much sugar, or non traditional ingredients like ginger ale. This recipe shows you how to make rose sangria: the Spanish way! It makes for a delicate, nuanced flavor that’s just sweet enough and will leave you wanting more.

Love rosé drinks? Try our Rosé Spritzer or Best Frose (Frozen Rosé).

Ingredients for rose 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. There’s also white sangria, made with white wine. So while it’s a bit less standard: why not try it with rosé wine? Like many popular recipes, there are many variations on the theme when it comes to ingredients. Here are the ingredients in this rose sangria:

  • Fruit: orangelemon and strawberries
  • Sugar
  • Rosé wine
  • Brandy
  • Sparkling water, optional
  • Mint, for garnish
Rose sangria

How to make rose sangria (the Spanish way)

Rose sangria is not often served in Spain, but it’s a variation on white sangria which is traditional. This method is inspired by our favorite Spanish chef, Jose Andres. Chef Andres is from Spain and started many successful restaurants here in the US (and is a Nobel prize nominee for this humanitarian work!). 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.
  • Add liquids: Add the rose wine and brandy. Throw in some lemon slices.
  • Refrigerate for 1 to 4 hours. This allows the flavors to meld and develop.

Voila! It’s ready to serve: a refreshing, unique sangria recipe you’ll want to make on repeat all summer long.

Rose sangria

Tip: don’t make more than 4 hours in advance

Once you mix up your batch of rose sangria, you’ll let it sit refrigerated for the flavors to meld. The minimum time for this step is 1 hour. But there is a maximum refrigeration time: we wouldn’t recommend anything beyond 4 hours! The fruit starts to be come soggy and lose their color, and the flavors fade a little. So, it’s not a drink to prep in advance: make it up an hour or so before you plan to drink!

Want bubbles? Serve with soda water

In Spain, it’s also traditional to top off your glass with a little soda water. This adds a bubbly effervescence that makes it even more refreshing! Serve your sangria right away, making sure to dish up a hefty portion of fruit in each glass as a garnish. We like to add a few ice cubes and then top off the glass with soda water. (Just please don’t add Sprite or ginger ale to this wine punch: promise?)

Rose sangria

Eat the fruit when serving!

Another cue we picked up on from Chef Andres is this: don’t let the fruit go to waste! When you serve sangria, serve it with skewers. Let your guests eat the remaining wine-soaked fruit in their drink using the skewers. It’s a perfect “dessert” or palate refresher after a meal.

Brandy vs Grand Marnier

For the other alcohol in this rose sangria, you can use brandy or Grand Marnier. There are lots of types of brandy: use brandy you have on hand. Cognac is a fancy type of brandy if you have that available (we have some for making the classic Sidecar). Grand Marnier is a mix of brandy and orange liqueur: it gives it a little higher end vibe. (If you have a bottle of Grand Marnier, also try it in a Cadillac Margarita.)

Rose sangria

More types of sangria to try

There are so many spins on sangria: some traditional and some more creative! Here are the best types of sangria to try:

This rose sangria recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Rose sangria

Best Rose 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

Here’s how to make rose sangria! Just a handful of ingredients and fruit make a light and fruity summer drink that everyone will be talking about.


Ingredients

  • 1 orange
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 bottle rosé, chilled
  • 1/3 cup brandy or Grand Marnier
  • 1 handful mint leaves
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • Sparkling water, for serving

Instructions

  1. Chop the orange (leaving the skin on). Slice the strawberries. Add both to the bottom of a pitcher, sprinkle with sugar and stir. Let them stand for 20 minutes at room temperature.
  2. After 20 minutes, pour in the rosé wine and brandy. Add the fresh mint and lemon rounds. Stir and refrigerate 1 to 4 hours. (Don’t go beyond 4 hours or the fruit texture starts to degrade.)
  3. Pour the sangria into ice filled glasses and top with a splash of sparkling water (if desired). Add fruit to each glass, preferably on long skewers for easy snacking.

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

Keywords: Rose Sangria

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Fall Sangria Recipe

Get ready to be amazed by the best fall drink recipe! This Fall Sangria recipe pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow. WOW is all I can say about this one. Not only is this fall sangria recipe beautiful, it tastes like wearing a cozy sweater with a spiced candle in front of a roaring fireplace. (Or something equally cozy…you decide!) Alex is the cocktail recipe master of the two of us. He created this fall slash winter apple cider sangria that’s just sweet enough, cinnamon-spiced with apples, pears and orange. In my sister’s words: “I don’t usually like sangria. But this is the best sangria I’ve ever had.” Now, if you’re keeping track, she’s said “best ever” about quite a few things over here (vegan pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, etc.). But I’d have to agree with her…in all cases. Here are the secrets to our favorite fall drink recipe. How to make a fall sangria recipe Sangría is a traditional wine punch that originates from Spain. A classic sangria is made with red wine and chopped fruit, and often orange juice or brandy. (There are lots of sangria variations as well: peach sangria, […]

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Get ready to be amazed by the best fall drink recipe! This Fall Sangria recipe pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow.

Fall Sangria Recipe

WOW is all I can say about this one. Not only is this fall sangria recipe beautiful, it tastes like wearing a cozy sweater with a spiced candle in front of a roaring fireplace. (Or something equally cozy…you decide!) Alex is the cocktail recipe master of the two of us. He created this fall slash winter apple cider sangria that’s just sweet enough, cinnamon-spiced with apples, pears and orange. In my sister’s words: “I don’t usually like sangria. But this is the best sangria I’ve ever had.” Now, if you’re keeping track, she’s said “best ever” about quite a few things over here (vegan pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, etc.). But I’d have to agree with her…in all cases. Here are the secrets to our favorite fall drink recipe.

Fall sangria recipe

How to make a fall sangria recipe

Sangría is a traditional wine punch that originates from Spain. A classic sangria is made with red wine and chopped fruit, and often orange juice or brandy. (There are lots of sangria variations as well: peach sangria, white sangria, apple cider sangria, etc.) I studied abroad in Spain in college, so anything Spain-related is my favorite. But you’ll find that many Americanized recipes for sangria make it much too sweet: it basically tastes like fruit juice.

Here’s a fall sangria that’s closer to a true Spanish sangria in flavor! It’s robust and dark, featuring apples, pears, and orange soaked in Spanish red wine. There’s a little cinnamon thrown in for a kick. To serve, you’ll add ice to the glass, then use half sparkling apple cider or regular apple cider, and top with the red wine mixture. If you’d like, you can pour it in layers to make it two-toned, like these photos Alex snapped. It’s turns into the most vibrant, cozy fall drink recipe imaginable.

Here are the basic steps for this fall sangria recipe (see the full recipe below):

  • Thinly slice a pear, apple, and orange. Place them in a bowl and mix with a sprinkle of sugar.
  • Add to a pitcher and pour in a bottle of red wine. Allow to stand 1 hour for the flavors to meld.
  • When ready to serve, fill each glass half-full with sparkling apple cider or regular apple cider. Top off with the red wine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or rosemary and serve!
Red wine

What red wine to use for sangria?

What type of red wine should you use for sangria? Any dry red wine will work for the sangria. Again, this is a more traditional Spanish sangria where dry flavors meld with fruity: you don’t want the wine to be too sweet!

If you want to be even more traditional, use a Spanish dry red wine. Our favorite is a Tempranillo from Rioja, which is what we used when we made this fall sangria. Its vibrant color and fruity tasting notes are perfect for this drink.

Apple cider sangria

How to serve this sangria

The best part of a good fall sangria recipe is the garnish, of course! In this cocktail we used a cinnamon stick, a branch of rosemary (we’re growing some in our garden), and an orange round from the remainder of the orange. Of course, you can use whatever you’d like that goes with the fall theme (any ideas?).

In terms of glasses to use for sangria, one you probably already have on hand is a wine glass. We typically use a stemless wine glass. However, here we decided to serve it in these Old Fashioned glasses because we liked the look! Or, it could work with a lowball glass if you have that type of glass on hand.

Fall sangria recipe

This fall sangria recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free.

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Fall sangria recipe

Fall Sangria Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10

Description

Get ready to be amazed by the best fall drink! This Fall Sangria recipe pairs sparkling apple cider with red wine, orange and cinnamon. In a word: wow.


Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 orange
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 750 ml bottle dry red wine, such as Rioja
  • 1 750 ml bottle sparkling cider or apple cider
  • Optional garnishes: Cinnamon stick, rosemary sprig, remaining orange slices

Instructions

  1. Thinly slice the apple, pear, and orange. Place them into a medium bowl and stir in the sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Transfer to a large pitcher. Allow to stand for 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld.
  3. After 1 hour, pour in the red wine. You can use it immediately, or chill for up to 3 hours.
  4. To serve, fill a glass with ice. Fill halfway with sparkling apple cider, then halfway with red wine mixture. Garnish with cinnamon stick, rosemary or orange slices. When you’ve polished off the sangria, you can snack on the sweetened fruit.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktail

Keywords: Fall Sangria Recipe, Fall Sangria, Apple Cider Sangria

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Weekend Links

La vache! as they say in France, or “Holy cow.” It’s been quite a week, with temperatures hitting 108ºF (42ºC) on Thursday. With little reliance on fans or air-conditioning, the city melted down for the day as people stayed indoors with their windows closed (on the belief that opening them lets hot air in), and the curtains drawn. I defied the odds and rose from…

La vache! as they say in France, or “Holy cow.” It’s been quite a week, with temperatures hitting 108ºF (42ºC) on Thursday. With little reliance on fans or air-conditioning, the city melted down for the day as people stayed indoors with their windows closed (on the belief that opening them lets hot air in), and the curtains drawn. I defied the odds and rose from bed at 5:30am on Thursday to make apricot jam, like I did when I rolled out apple-blackberry slab pie during the last bout of intense heat a week or so prior.

Many wondered how I did it, and the answer is that as a former line cook, I can cook and bake through anything. Imagine standing in front of a gas stove with six burners going full blast for eight hours sautéing and plating food. Or reaching in and out of a fiery-hot bread oven all day and night in the back of a kitchen. Now that’s hot. Making jam at home is a piece of cake, and I have a cupboard of apricot jam (as well as rhubarb-berry jam, which I made this morning) to prove it.

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