Watermelon Rosé Sangria

This small batch Watermelon Rosé Sangria makes just enough for an intimate gathering and contains no added sugars- the natural sweetness from the fruit is the perfect amount!

watermelon rosé sangria

You can’t have summer without sangria! At least that’s what I like to say. Sangria is one of those cocktails that epitomizes easy summer living. There’s just something about it! Maybe it’s the fact that it’s so refreshing to sip on, or perhaps its all the fresh fruit slices or its light bubbly quality. Probably all three! There are so many incredible versions of sangria out there, but I have a pretty good feeling that this watermelon rosé sangria is going to be your new favorite, just like it is mine!

watermelon sangria

Why you’ll love this watermelon rosé sangria

What’s so great about this watermelon rosé sangria, you ask? Well, first of all and most importantly, it is really delicious! The light berry flavors in rosé wine make it the perfect base for a refreshing sangria and it’s a great match with freshly blended watermelon!

It also contains tons of fresh fruit like cherries, raspberries, plums and lemons (my favorite part) and is topped off with bubbly water, making for a festive and effervescent beverage.

glass carafe of watermelon sangria

I made the recipe small batch- this is 2020 after all, and since large gatherings are a no-no this summer, I figured why not make this sangria recipe the perfect portion for smaller get togethers of 2-4 guests. However, once we can all gather in groups again, feel free to double or even triple this recipe!

This sangria contains no added sugar, making it a bit healthier than other sangrias. Often sangria will include simple syrup, but I find that with the natural sweetness of the watermelon, it’s really not necessary here.

raspberries, plums, watermelon and cherries on a cutting board

These simple ingredients are all you need to make this watermelon sangria

  • Cubed seedless watermelon
  • Rosé wine
  • Vodka
  • Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • Fruit for garnish (I used cherries, raspberries, plums and lemons)
  • Soda water
  • Ice
watermelon rosé sangria

How far in advance can I make this watermelon rosé sangria?

You can prepare the sangria up to two days in advance, but it is best to wait to add the soda water until serving so that it retains its bubbles. Same goes for the ice of course, and it is also recommended to wait until the day of serving to add the fruit so that it maintains optimal freshness.

glass of sangria with watermelon

Substitutions

  • Feel free to add just about any type of fruit you have on hand to this watermelon rosé sangria. Strawberries, grapes, apples, pears and lime wheels would all be great!
  • Although any variety of rosé will work for this recipe, white wine will absolutely work too! I recommend a more crisp variety such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio for sangria.
  • Instead of plain soda water, try topping off your watermelon rosé sangria with your favorite flavored soda water for an extra burst of fruity flavor! I’m a La Croix addict, and when I made this batch I used their passion fruit soda water to top off my glass, which added an extra subtle flavor.
watermelon rosé sangria in a glass with plums and berries

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Watermelon Rosé Sangria

This small batch Watermelon Rosé Sangria makes just enough for an intimate gathering and contains no added sugars- the natural sweetness from the fruit is the perfect amount!

Course Drink, Drinks
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword cocktail, easy cocktail recipe, healthier cocktails, homemade cocktails
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 300 kcal
Author Denisse

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 bottle rosé wine
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Fruit for garnish I used cherries, raspberries, cubed watermelon and sliced plums
  • Lemon wheels for garnish
  • Soda water
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Puree watermelon in a blender or food processor and pass through a mesh strainer, discarding solids.
  2. Add watermelon juice to a pitcher along with rosé, vodka, Cointreau and lemon juice. Stir to combine.
  3. Add fruit to pitcher.
  4. To serve, pour sangria over glasses filled with ice and top with soda water.

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