Watermelon Sangria – Homemade melon water is mixed with Pinot Grigio, chunks of fresh watermelon, mint, and a little triple sec to make for a refreshing end-of-summer drink
I cannot believe stores are already pushing out summer supplies and stocking their shelves with pumpkin decor and pumpkin spice-flavored-everything. Is summer already coming to an end?! As far as produce goes, it’s still summer for me – strawberries are still juicy, peaches are still flavorful, and watermelon is still in plentiful supply.
Before you let go of summer, make sure you try this Watermelon Sangria. It serves up watermelon in a way you probably haven’t had it before. And by adding in just a splash of sparkling water and few mint leaves, it will be the most refreshing way to send of summer.
Here is my Watermelon Sangria!
Making this sangria
Sangria is one of the easiest drinks you can make. All the ingredients go in a pitcher and are stirred together. Boom – that’s it! But this recipe adds in one additional step that gives the sangria all its watermelon flavor.
Making the melon water
Melon water is just juiced watermelon strained to remove all of the pulp and make it beautifully smooth. To do this, the watermelon is blended until smooth – I had to use the juice button on my blender to get it perfectly smooth. After doing that, the juice is passed through a mesh strainer with a cheese cloth to get all the pulp out.
Watermelon can be a little bland so white wine vinegar and a pinch of salt are added to pump up the flavor a little.
Tips and Tricks
- Strain the melon water. This step is not to be missed. If you leave in the pulp, the drink will be gritty.
- Chill the wine. To keep from adding ice to the pitcher, you want the ingredients of the sangria to be as cold as possible. So chill the wine before making the sangria.
- Bruise the mint leaves. To get the right about of mint flavor from the leaves, you need to bruise them up a little. I do this by muddling them into the sugar. The sugar acts as an abrasive surface to help bruise the leaves.
- Add sparkling water last. Sparkling water will loose its fizz over time so make sure to add the sparkling water just before serving.
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 10 mint leaves
- 1/4 cup triple sec
- 1 750 mL bottle Pinot Grigio
- 2 cups melon water
- 2 cups watermelon cubes
- 12 ounces lime sparkling water
- ice (for serving)
For the melon water:
- ¼ medium watermelon rind removed; chopped
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 pinch salt
- Add sugar and mint to a pitcher. Muddle them together to bruise the mint a little. Add in triple sec. Stir to dissolved the sugar. Add bottle of Pinot Grigio, melon water, and melon cubes to mixture. Stir together. Finish by adding lime sparkling water.
- To serve, fill glass halfway with ice. Fill to the top with sangria. Serve immediately.
For the melon water:
- Blend watermelon, vinegar, and salt in a blender until smooth. Pour juice over a strainger with a cheese cloth to remove the pulp. This will take about an hour for all the juice to pass through. Discard the pulp.