Strawberry Watermelon Rosé Sangria will be your go-to summer cocktail! Uncomplicated, refreshing, sweet, but not too sweet, and easy to sip on a hot day.
Summer officially start this Saturday and the 4th of July is just around the corner. If you’re having any barbecues, picnics or just need a refreshing cocktail to sip on this summer, this Strawberry Watermelon Rosé Sangria is sure to hit the spot!
Sangria might seem like something you only drink in the summer, but I fully support drinking it any time of year. This Apple Pie Sangria sounds perfect for fall and I’ll definitely be trying this Sparkling Cranberry Orange Sangria during the holidays. You can pretty much add whatever fruit is in season to your favorite bottle of wine and you’ve got sangria.
Ingredients Needed For Strawberry Watermelon Rosé Sangria
- Rosé, preferably dry
- Orange liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
- Honey or simple syrup (optional)
How to Make Sangria
Sangria is an easy, big batch cocktail that’s perfect to make when you’re having guests over. It saves you from having to make individual cocktails so you can spend more time enjoying friends and family.
- Cut a watermelon in half and cut it into chunks. Add the chunks to a blender and blend until it’s puréed. Strain the purée so you’re left with just the juice.
- In a large pitcher combine the watermelon juice, a bottle of rosé, vodka and orange liqueur.
- Use a cookie scoop or melon baller to scoop out watermelon from the remaining half. Dice up strawberries and cut a lime into thin slices. Add the fruit to the pitcher, stir everything together and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
Can I Make the Sangria Ahead of Time?
Yes. Sangria actually tastes better if it’s had at least and hour or two to chill and let the ingredients marry with each other. You can even make it the night before if that’s more convenient for you. If making it the night before I would wait to add the strawberries until an hour or two before serving so they don’t lose their color.
How Long Will Sangria Last In the Refrigerator?
Sangria keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge. You’ll notice the color of the fruit will become pale the longer you keep it and the flavor will intensify and become sweeter. As long as you and your guests like that intense fruit flavor then you’re golden!
Can I Use White Wine Instead of Rosé?
Yes. I suggest using a dry, crisp white wine such as a pinot grigio or sauvignon blanc. The same goes for when you are purchasing rosé, dry and crisp are best for this recipe. Since the watermelon and strawberries are so sweet you don’t want to add even more sweetness from the wine.
- 1 small watermelon
- 2 cups chopped or sliced strawberries
- 1 lime, thinly sliced
- 1 bottle dry rosé wine
- 3/4 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup orange liqueur such as contreau or grand marnier
- 2 tablespoons honey or simple syrup (optional if you want a sweeter sangria)
- Sparkling water
- Cut the watermelon in half. Take one half and remove the rind and cut into large chunks. Place the chunks in the blender and purée. Strain the purée until you're left with 2 cups of watermelon juice.
- Add the watermelon juice, rosé, vodka, orange liqueur and honey if you're using it to a pitcher. Stir until the honey dissolves.
- Use a cookie scoop or melon baller to scoop out balls from the other half of the watermelon. Add the watermelon balls, chopped strawberries and lime slices to the pitcher. Stir and chill for at least an hour or two.
- Serve in glasses with ice and topped off with sparkling water. Garnish with a lime slice, strawberry or watermelon ball.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 187Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g