Fruity Summer Sangria with Pineapple and Watermelon is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day. It features sliced pineapple and watermelon in chilled white wine, garnished with mint and orange. It is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing. You’ll want to make this easy peasy drink for all of your summer barbecues!
If I were to choose one drink to beat the heat, it would have to be fruity sangria. The fresh fruit, chilled white wine, and sparkling water make for a refreshing spin on this traditionally Spanish drink. The sugar from the fruit and wine add flavor and sweetness without detracting the taste of the fruit. Pineapple Watermelon Sangria will make you want summer to never end! Each sip transports you to a tropical vacation.
When I lived in LA, my best friend Megan and I used to go to Malibu in the summer. This recipe is inspired by one particular beach day we took when we were home from college. We went to the market with Blackberries in hand to buy tanning oil, pineapple and watermelon spears, and Grey Goose vodka before we headed to the beach. We soaked the fruit in the vodka and ate it as we baked in the sun. While this probably wasn’t the brightest idea, we did discover something pretty life-changing: watermelon and pineapple go really well with alcohol. For this recipe, I've swapped out vodka with a crisp white wine and a plastic container for a glass pitcher.
- Sugar - Adds sweetness to the sangria.
- Pineapple - A strong and fully flavored fruit.
- Watermelon - A light sweet and sour fruit that tastes delicious when mixed with the white wine.
- Mint leaves - Adds a refreshing garnish.
- White wine - White wine offers a crisp, dry flavor that balances the sweetness of the fruit.
- Sparkling water/Club Soda - Provides the refreshing carbonation to the sangria
- Orange - Adds a mild tartness when sliced and used as garnish.
See recipe card for quantities.
- Red wine - Use Garnacha or Pinot Noir instead of white wine if you prefer red wine and want to make this a red sangria.
- Non-alcoholic - Use sparkling apple cider and flavored club soda instead of white wine and Prosecco to make the sangria alcohol-free.
- Ginger Ale - Replace sparkling water with ginger ale if you prefer the sour and citrusy taste of ginger ale to sparking water. Ginger ale will also make the Sangria sweeter.
- Less sweet - Omit the extra quarter cup of sugar for a purer and less sweet sangria.
- More bubbly - Add Prosecco if for a light-bodied and aromatic wine that provides frothy bubbles.
- Triple Sec - Triple sec is an orange-flavored liqueur which will add both alcohol and orange flavor to the sangria.
- Extra fruity - Add orange juice or pineapple juice to make the sangria extra fruity.
- Pomegranate seeds - Pomegranate seeds will add a tart and sweet flavor to the wine.
- Pear - Pears are sweet and juicy and taste delicious when paired with a white wine Sangria. Add them closer to serving so they do not become mealy and disintegrate.
- Apples - Add a variety of apples, like Granny Smith, Smitten and Lucy Glo. They can add a fresh dimension to the Sangria.
- Strawberries - Strawberries make a sweet and rich addition.
- Mango - Mango will add a juicy sweetness and slight tartness to the sangria.
- Peach - Peach will make the sangria extra sweet.
How to Make This Super Easy Sangria
- Mix orange, pineapple, and sugar - Add orange, pineapple, and sugar to a large pitcher. Using a wooden spoon, stir the ingredients until the fruit and sugar are well-mixed.
- Mix in watermelon and wine - Add watermelon and wine, and stir again.
- Chill Sangria - Refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled.
- Serve and enjoy - Serve in glasses and top with sparkling water and mint.
What to Serve with Summer Sangria
This fruity sangria is the perfect drink for your next summer BBQ or get together. We love it with classic summer dishes like our Cast Iron Skillet Burger, Hawaiian Roll Turkey Pesto Sliders, and Homemade Seasoned French Fries. It is also delicious with a healthy summer dish like our Pear and Prosciutto Rocket Salad.
This fruity sangria recipe requires common kitchen essentials. You will need a knife, cutting board, pitcher, glasses, ladle, and shallow bowl or plate.
Store fruity sangria in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you are ready to drink it again, garnish the glasses as mentioned above and enjoy.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
- For a fully developed flavor, let the Sangria sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving it. This allows all of the ingredients to blend and the fruit to soak up some of the wine.
Yes! The sliced fruit soaks up the flavors and is delicious.
While we love a cold glass of sangria in the summer, it can be enjoyed all year round.
Yes, sangria tastes delicious and hides the alcohol well so be careful!
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Fruity Summer Sangria with Pineapple & Watermelon
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 orange thinly sliced
- 2 cups pineapple cubed
- 2 cups watermelon cubed
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 750 ml bottle white wine chilled
- 16 fluid oz sparkling water
- Mix orange, pineapple, and sugar - Add orange, pineapple, and sugar to a large pitcher. Using a wooden spoon, stir the ingredients until the fruit and sugar are well-mixed.1 orange, 2 cups pineapple, ¼ cup sugar
- Mix in watermelon and wine - Add watermelon and wine, and stir again.2 cups watermelon, 1 750 ml bottle white wine
- Chill Sangria - Refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled.
- Serve and enjoy - Serve in glasses and top with sparkling water and mint.16 fluid oz sparkling water, ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- Refrigerate fruity sangria for up to 3 days. When you are ready to drink it again, garnish the glasses and enjoy.
- For a fully developed flavor, let the Sangria sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour before serving it. This allows all of the ingredients to blend and the fruit to soak up the wine.
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