Fresh Watermelon Sangria Recipe

Fresh Watermelon Sangria Recipe

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

This sangria screams out for a hot, humid day. Fresh watermelon adds delicate sweetness, and a squeeze of lime heightens the tartness of the white wine. A sprig of mint wouldn't be out of place as a garnish. Feel free to double the recipe and serve in a large pitcher.

  • Yield:makes 4 servings
  • Active time: 20 minutes
  • Total time:2 hours


  • 4 cups cubed ripe seedless watermelon
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 1 ounce anejo rum (we used Brugal)
  • 2 ounces Cointreau
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 limes
  • ice
  • garnish: additional watermelon and mint sprigs, if desired


  1. 1.

    In a blender, purée watermelon cubes. Strain into a large pitcher. Add wine, rum, Cointreau, and simple syrup and stir.

  2. 2.

    Juice 1 lime and add juice to pitcher. Slice the other lime lengthwise and then slice into thin slices. Add lime slices to pitcher, cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. Pour into ice-filled serving glasses, garnish with additional watermelon and mint sprigs.