Watermelon Sangria


This is a sweet and festive summer punch- fun for a crowd. I loved the presentation with the skewered watermelon too. This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Andrew Zimmerman of Del Toro Café in Chicago. Chef Zimmerman created a summer version of this traditional Spanish punch with vodka instead of brandy. Cheers to summer & Happy Fiesta Friday #24 at The Novice Gardener! 🙂

Yield: Makes 6 to 8 drinks

  • 2 pounds seedless watermelon, peeled and cubed, plus 1/2 pound watermelon cut into balls with a melon baller and skewered on picks
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 6 ounces citrus vodka
  • 4 ounces Cointreau or triple sec
  • 4 ounces Citrus Syrup, recipe below
  • Ice
  1. Make the Citrus Syrup: Combine 3/4 cup water, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 1-inch strips lemon zest, and 2 1-inch strips orange zest in a small saucepan. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a blender, puree the watermelon cubes. Pour through a fine strainer into a pitcher. (Makes approximately 4 cups.)
  3. Add the white wine, vodka, Cointreau and cooled Citrus Syrup. Stir and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Stir again, then pour the sangria into ice-filled white wine glasses and garnish with the skewered watermelon balls.

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About Josette@thebrookcook

I live in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. I love garlic and baking. My hobby (and love) is to try new recipes. My favorite recipe resources include The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy!

44 responses to “Watermelon Sangria

  1. I am a big fan of watermelon as well as sangria! Loved your recipe. That click is so gorgeous Josette :).

  2. I love all of the layers of liqueur flavors. 🙂

  3. I love your melon ball presentation as well! I’m not much a fan of sangria- I like wine with my wine, as opposed to fruit, but THIS I actually really, really, REALLY want to try! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Sinfully Tempting

    This is the perfect addition to Fiesta Friday…yum! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. I like how you garnished this with the watermelon balls!

  6. I love those skewered melon balls! This sangria is just what you need at a party!!

  7. This looks amazing, especially for summer! Great idea! Cheers!

  8. Well, this is a hit already! We so needed this at Fiesta Friday – love the skewered melon balls – great idea. Thanks so much for bringing this to the party – I am ready for a top-up please!!

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  10. I love the melon balls, and vibrant colors in this drink. I’ll have to try it out. 🙂 Happy Fiesta Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

  11. Watermelon…..anytime 😀 and what an awesome click 🙂

  12. A very unique sangria! It sounds pretty incredible!!!

  13. How pretty! Watermelon sangria sounds absolutely fantastic! And love the melon balls! This is just what I need right now! It’s so hot here! Thanks for bringing this to Fiesta Friday! 🙂

  14. Oooo, it looks so refreshing and delicious. Happy FF!

  15. What a pretty and refreshing looking drink. Watermelon really seems to be one of the best antidotes to heat. Thanks for bringing this along to this week’s festivities.

  16. Very refreshing drink! Perfect summer drink!

  17. Perfect for the summer months when the watermelon is so good 🙂

  18. Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits of all time! And, i love the idea of watermelon in a sangria. I’ll have to try this recipe soon. 🙂

  19. I like it! 😀
    Sounds perfect for Summer ^^

  20. Love love love!!!! Josette, I cant wait to try this!! I am mad at myself for passing up the watermelon at the grocery store today! ! This is worth a drive back! ❤

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