Meet the Sullivans: Thirsty Thursday | Watermelon-Strawberry Sangria

June 12, 2014

Thirsty Thursday | Watermelon-Strawberry Sangria

Whenever we have a party I love breaking out all of my favorite serving pieces, my favorite of which is our cold beverage jar from crate & barrel. Sometimes I fill it with a non-alcoholic punch, fresh fruit juice or cucumber-lime water, but I usually prefer to fill it with a fun adult drink!

Last weekend, for Keith's 35th birthday barbeque I decided to try out a new watermelon & strawberry sangria recipe. I did my research on the internet and checked out a lot of watermelon drink recipes before deciding to wing it and make my own. It turned out great! 

12 cups cubed watermelon
3 cups strawberries, quartered with stems removed 
1 bottle white wine
1 1/2 cups vodka
1/2 cup triple sec
1 1/2 cup strawberry lemonade
1 lime, sliced
1 lemon, sliced

1. Place 9 cups of watermelon cubes in a blender; blend on high until very smooth. Strain juice through a mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Place 2 cups of the strawberries in the blender; blend on high until smooth, pour into the pitcher. 

2. Pour the wine, vodka, triple sec, and simple syrup into the pitcher. Stir to combine. 

3. Mix the remaining 3 cups of watermelon cubes, the lime quarters, orange sections, and blueberries into the sangria. Chill for 4 hours before serving. Best serves on the rocks.

A few tips and notes:
  • 12 cups of watermelon seems like a lot of watermelon, but it doesn't make a ton, so don't skimp on any. 
  •  Don't skip the straining step, the pulp would make the drink too thick and smoothie like.
  • I considered making these frozen melon ball skewers as a garnish, but ran out of time. They would really "make" the drink!
  • Play with the ingredients to make it as strong or light as you like. This could even be a great aquas fresca without the alcohol.
  • I doubled most of the ingredients so that it would fill the beverage jar. 
  • A few other adult drinks we've served in bulk for parties: apple cider sangria, peach pineapple mango sangria and mai tais.

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Mrs Gable said...

That sounds yummy, and will be my first non pregnancy drink!

Taylor Jeavons said...

Holy jesus this sounds like the best drink everrrrrrr. Ahhhhhh. Sorry I get a little excited.

Tawnya Faust said...

That sounds so yummy! I may have to try this one out at a summer BBQ!

hello erin said...

oh this doesn't look bad at all. it looks a lot like heaven. and its SO pretty!!

Alycia said...

Oh Yum! this sounds amazing! I can't wait to try it!
Alycia//Crazily Normal

Cupcakes and Crossbones said...

this looks so yummy and refreshing! Can't wait to try it!

Laureen said...

Sounds delicious and so refreshing - I'm sure it goes down easily!! :)

Kitty and June said...

That sounds amazing! So excited to meet you next week and try a new beverage in San Fran together!

Jenny said...

this sounds amazing!!! we've been on a huge watermelon kick at our house and I think we have to try this! seems like a perfect 4th of July drink!!

Elizabeth [Chasin' Mason] said...

peach mango pineapple sangria?! You combined 4 of my favorite things in one drink! I will be checking that out :)