There is a thing in the world… it’s called Really Bad Sangria. This is not that.
Really Bad Sangria is a mixture of cheap red wine (not cool, but not a crime), sliced oranges (fairly benign), and grapes (questionable, but tolerable). The combination of bad wine and boring fruit… that’s Really Bad Sangria.
Let’s talk about Really Good Sangria!
Really Good Sangria is pink. Really Good Sangria contains fruit that feels like a treat! See: watermelon and fresh strawberries. Really Good Sangria is layered with wine, and vodka, and lemon or orange liquor. Really Good Sangria is REALLY GOOD! This is that.
It’s the weekend! Get at that melon!
This sangria is a muddled mixture of the following radness:
– fresh strawberries – watermelon juice from fresh watermelon – great pink wine – vodka – limoncello (or cointreau) – fresh lime juice and slices – and fresh orange juice and slices.
Let’s do it!
Toss a few strawberries in the jar. What could go wrong?
Pour in that pink wine. The whole bottle. Don’t you be shy.
Pour in four cups of fresh watermelon strawberry juice.
This juice smells better than anything ever.
Yea… we’re adding vodka.
We’re also adding a nice dose of limoncello (or cointreau). Whatever you have on hand.
As long as the mixture stays pink, you can toss it in. We’re vain about our sangria.
After adding a splash of orange juice, lime juice and all sorts of sliced fruit, we’re allowed to call this giant jug sangria. It’s sweet and summery. It’s boozy and pink. What more do we need? (Don’t say chocolate… mostly because you’re right.)
Grab the ice and a big ol’ glass. We’re worth it.
Thank you to Jon for styling mo-jo, pouring skills, and being my partner in sangria consumption.
Watermelon Strawberry Citrus Sangria
makes a big bunch
4 cups watermelon juice, from one small watermelon
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 bottle Rose wine, not too sweet is best
1 cup vodka
1 cup limoncello or Contreau
juice of 2 oranges
juice of 1 lime
1 orange sliced
1 lime sliced
Slice a watermelon into large chunks. Reserve a few smaller chunks for the sangria jar and for garnish. Blend watermelon chunks with a handful of sliced strawberries until smooth. Depending on the size of your blender, you may need to blend the fruit in two batches. Strain fruit juice through a fine mesh strainer and into a large measuring cup. You’ll need about 4 cups of watermelon/strawberry juice.
In a large container stir together, watermelon/strawberry juice, wine, vodka, limoncello, orange juice, and lime juice. Stir in the remaining sliced strawberries, a few watermelon chunks, sliced oranges, and sliced lime. Chill thoroughly before serving. Serve over ice.
I make this every year for my annual Mother’s Day brunch. I love this sangria and how it’s not sweet, but has tons of flavor. Thank you for posting this and giving my family something to look forward to every year!
This sounds so refreshing right now! Even though it’s fall, I still crave watermelon!
Can the orange juice be replaced with another juice?