This Watermelon Sangria is Summer in a cup! Fresh watermelon and strawberry puree, crisp Pinot Grigio, strawberry vodka, triple sec, and tangy lemon juice! This homemade cocktail is so refreshing!
When you’re a kid, Summer is for lemonade…when you’re an adult, Summer is for watermelon sangria! 😉
Seriously, this watermelon sangria is Summer in a glass. It’s fresh, tart, sweet, fruity, and so delicious!
This combination of flavors is seriously amazing! Here’s what you’ll need for what’s soon to be your favorite Summer drink… 😉
- Watermelon – use cubed seedless watermelon. You can buy this already prepped or do it on your own! Be sure the watermelon you use is a nice bright pink. If it’s pale, the sangria won’t be as sweet.
- Strawberries – clean thoroughly and remove the stems before incorporating them into the sangria.
- Lemon Juice – adds a tart, bright flavor. Squeeze your own for ultimate freshness!
- White Wine – I definitely recommend using a dry white wine since the fruit puree is already so sweet. I use Pinot Grigio but Chardonnay would work as well.
- Strawberry Vodka – you can use another vodka but I love the flavor of the strawberry in this sangria recipe.
- Triple Sec – the orange, citrusy flavor of triple sec adds a delicious layer of flavor to the sangria.
- Simple Syrup – a 1:1 combination of sugar and water used to sweeten drinks!
- Sliced Lemon, Sliced Orange, and Blueberries – for garnish!
How to make
Not only does this watermelon sangria taste great, but it makes a huge pitcher and it comes together in a total of 20 minutes!
- Place cubed watermelon into a blender and blend until very smooth.
- Strain with a mash strainer into a measuring glass. You should end up with 3 cups of juice. Set aside.
- Place strawberries and lemon juice into the blender and blend on high until very smooth.
- Strain with a mesh strainer into a separate measuring glass. Set aside.
- Pour both fruit purees into a very large pitcher then add in wine, strawberry vodka, triple sec, and simple syrup. Stir to combine.
- Garnish with lemon slices, orange slices, and blueberries, pour into individual glasses, then serve and enjoy!
How to make simple syrup
To make simple syrup, place 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water into a glass, microwave safe measuring cup and microwave until the sugar has dissolved. You can also dissolve the sugar in water in a saucepan on the stove if preferred.
What fruit is good in sangria?
Sangria is super adaptable so you can really use whatever fruit you’d like. I love the combination of watermelon and strawberry puree topped off with sliced lemons, sliced oranges, and fresh blueberries.
You can also use raspberries, peaches, pineapple, plums, blackberries, pomegranate, you name it!
What alcohol goes in sangria?
This watermelon sangria is made with three types of alcohol: Pinot Grigio, strawberry vodka, and triple sec!
The Pinot Grigio adds a dry sweetness, strawberry vodka gives the drink a fruity kick, and triple sec provides a citrusy flavor!
What is the best wine for sangria?
Since this sangria is pretty sweet already, I recommend using a dry white wine rather than a sweet one.
I use Pinot Grigio but Chardonnay or something similar would work as well!
What to serve with watermelon sangria
Since this watermelon sangria recipe makes a whole batch, I love to whip it up for a Summer get together and serve it alongside some seasonal appetizers! Here are some ideas!
Can you make watermelon sangria ahead of time?
Yeah! It’s delicious right away but is even better after a few hours in the fridge so all the flavors can meld together. Feel free to make it in advance!
How to store
Leftover watermelon sangria will last up to 24 hours in the fridge.
Equipment for this recipe
- 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon (3 cups juiced)
- 16 oz strawberries stems removed
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 (750 ml) bottle pinot grigio
- 1 cup strawberry vodka
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
- 1 lemon sliced
- 1 orange sliced
- 1 cup Blueberries
- Place watermelon cubes in a blender; blend on high until very smooth.
- Strain juice through a mesh strainer into a measuring glass. You should end up with 3 cups of juice.
- Set aside.
- Place strawberries and lemon juice into the blender; blend on high until very smooth.
- Strain juice through a mesh strainer into another measuring glass.
- Set aside.
- Now pour both the fruit purees into a very large pitcher.
- Add in the wine, strawberry vodka, triple sec, and simple syrup into the pitcher.
- Stir to combine.
- Place lemon slices, orange slices, and blueberries into the pitcher and stir to combine again.
- Fill individual glasses with ice and serve immediately or place in the fridge until ready for use!
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*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.