Watermelon Sangria: Fresh watermelon and lime juice are mixed up with crisp white wine and seltzer water for a Summer Sangria.
Have you ever bought a watermelon too large for your family to eat?
Or maybe you purchased one that was just not as sweet as you hoped for?
Well, I have been there many, many times. And you all know that I REFUSE to waste food.
So just what can you do with excess watermelon?
I guess it just depends on your audience, huh?
A girls night definitely calls for this Sangria. A family party calls for the Virgin Watermelon Lime Aqua Fresca. Or depending on the dynamics of your extended family, a glass of sangria my be in order 😉
A classic sangria is beverage made with fruit, wine, seltzer, simple syrup, and an added liquor.
This is NOT classic–I know that.
Watermelon “Sangria” is a delightful way to use up watermelon. It is fresh and light and bright due to fresh lime juice. And a bit healthier than a traditional sangria thanks to the fact that with watermelon, no simple syrup is needed.
Let me tell you, a glass of this sangria with my feet up on my back porch, is a perfect slice of summer!
What wine is best to use for Sangrias?
Because sangrias are sweetened with fruit, and often simple syrup, they are made with a dry wine. In the case of Watermelon Sangrias, I use a dry white wine. I would pick a wine like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or a dry Riesling (if it’s dry). I typically use a pinot because that is what I like to have on hand for cooking dishes like Chicken Cordon Bleu.
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Watermelon Sangria Recipe
- 9 cups fresh watermelon diced
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 bottle dry white wine
- 1/4 cup triple sec optional
- 1 liter plain seltzer water
- 1 pint blueberries
Set aside 2 cups diced watermelon.
Blend the remaining 7 cups of watermelon until smooth. Strain through mesh strainer to remove any seeds or pulp.
Add reserved 2 cups of watermelon, pint of blueberries, fresh watermelon juice, triple sec if using and wine to large pitcher. Stir to incorporate.
Chill for 2-4 hours.
Before serving, stir again and then pour in seltzer water.
- Use a dry white wine like Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or Dry Riesling
- Best to serve after 2-4 hours of refrigeration.
- Watermelon Sangria will keep for 3 days in refrigerator.