Hello and happy Friday! This post is for my fellow booze lovers. It’s 86 degrees out and it’s HOT. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining. I will take summer heat over the winter anyday- but finding that special drink to quench your thirst in summer sometimes can be a challenge for me. I want something light, ice cold and refreshing. Meet my easy watermelon sangria. Just a few ingredients, and you can make this a pitcher at a time. I made this for my mom’s birthday party last week and I’ve been thinking about making again this weekend. Perfect for drinking out on the porch or by the pool!
The great thing about this drink is it’s EASY and only has a few ingredients- you most likely have them on hand except for the liquor. Unless, your a boozehound like me and you will have ALL ingredients on hand.
It’s often frustrating when I see a recipe for a drink I’d like to try to make at home, but in order to make it I would have to buy 4-5 different bottles of liquor/liqueurs and most likely wouldn’t use the remainder of the ingredients.
The one liqueur in this sangria recipe: “St. Germaine” is literally my favorite liqueur. Surprise , surprise! (St. Germaine is an elderflower liqueur and is slightly sweet, and very floral.) I don’t know a single gal who doesn’t like St. Germain- but I literally put it in everything! I’ve put it in anything from champagne to cupcake icing. It’s a little pricey- but if you use it all the time, hey- no sweat!
- 1/2 small watermelon, melon-balled
- 1 pint blackberries
- 1/4 c fresh basil leaves
- 1/3 c St. Germaine
- 2- 750 ml bottles of white wine, or one magnum (I used Pinot Grigio)
- Ball your melon and add to pitcher.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, wine last.
- Let chill in the fridge before serving.
- Optional: you can freeze the melon balls to keep the sangria even colder if you are drinking outside!
- You can add any fruit you might have in the fridge! If you like your wine extra sweet, I recommend using a sweeter wine, or adding more St. Germain. You could even add a little simple syrup if you want to really sweeten it up! I personally just like a touch of sweetness so I just used the natural juices from the watermelon and the St. Germain and paired it with a dry wine.