Ahh Summer. The season of unending fruits in my kitchen and recipes (though watermelon sangria might be the new favorite!). I always have some sort of fruit in my house, but the variety and abundance of summer fruit is a different ballgame.
As I walked through the produce section at our market this week, I had to stop and look around because the smell of fresh plums and peaches immediately took over my life! It was magic. And yes, I had a moment in the market – it smelled that wonderful. I hope that’s normal!
Speaking of magic. I love watermelon. I mean, I love all fruit, but watermelon is by far and away my favorite. Which is really saying a lot for me to pick a favorite. I’m fine eating watermelon 2-3 times per day all summer – nothing fancy, just cut up.
I made this watermelon sangria with sauvignon blanc wine for 4th of July. I shared it with my sister and we both LOVED it. It’s so light and tasty – perfect for those hot summer days by the pool or in the comfort of air-conditioning!!
I might be completely biased, but I think a summer sangria calls for a white or rosé wine.
Part of it is the lightness in flavor which is better for the heat. Part of it is that it won’t overpower the fresh summer fruit that has so much sweetness.
But, honestly, I think it’s mostly because a summer sangria needs to be cold and white wine is usually served chilled. I love Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio most for summer sangria perfect for those hot days. My other favorite summer sangria is this strawberry sangria with pinot grigio.
And while watermelon is my favorite fruit, please don’t make me pick a favorite between these two thirst-quenching drinks!
Watermelon juice can go for a pretty penny in the bottles are the store, but don’t think it’s difficult to make (or actually that expensive).
Watermelon juice is basically just pureed watermelon. I like to cut watermelon into small chunks and then pulse it in the food chopper/processor until it’s liquified.
You can certainly strain the juice (most store-bought juices are strained), but I don’t mind keeping it all together. If you don’t strain it, then you’ll need to shake it the juice if it sits before drinking as the watermelon pulp and the juice will separate. It still tastes great though.
This watermelon sangria is the perfect summer sip. The sweet, comforting summer flavor of watermelon pairs perfectly with a chilled rose. Enjoy this before dinner under the stars or while you're staying cool in the pool.
- 2 cups watermelon juice about 1/4 medium watermelon - watch video
- 750 mL Sauvignon Blanc
- 1 cup sparkling water
- 6 tablespoons Triple Sec
- 2-3 cups chopped watermelon flesh and rind
- Cut 1/4 of medium watermelon into small cubes (smaller than 1-inch). Strain and juice fruit while pushing through a fine mesh sieve. Discard juiced watermelon.
- Combine watermelon juice, wine, sparkling water, triple sec, and chopped fruit in large pitcher. Mix thoroughly. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
- Can be made up to two days in advance.