Sangria is one of the very first cocktails (mixed drinks?) I ever fell in love with. My very first was probably Sprite and Malibu… but there’s really no reason to go into that too in-depth. 😉
I think part of the appeal of sangria is how easy it is to make, and also that it’s super fun to make for a group. The summer of 2008 will always make me think of picnics and sangria, as that’s what a big group of my friends and I would do almost every weekend. Back then I usually made something that involved a full-bodied red wine (like a Rioja, Malbec, or Cabernet), orange juice, brandy, and then a bunch of cut up pieces of fruit or berries. It would end up being sweet, but not overly so, and eating the fruit after your drink was gone was pretty much just as good – basically an adult equivalent of getting a prize in your cereal box. It’s a win, win!
This version is quite a bit lighter, as we’re gonna blend some things together with ice to get a fun slushy consistency. And were gonna use Rose and Moscato wines, which is quite a bit different from most traditional sangria recipes. The result is a fruity, refreshing, and light version of one of my old favorites.
Watermelon and Rose Sangria, serves 1-2
1 cup (5 oz.) cubed and frozen seedless watermelon
1 cup ice
1/2 cup Rose
1 shot (1.5 oz) rum (Use something sweet and not too smoky that you enjoy sipping. I like Ron Zacapa.)
1 lime wedge (about 1/4 of a lime)
1 mint sprig, optional
Pineapple and Moscato Sangria, serves 1-2
1 cup (5 oz) cubed, frozen pineapple
1 cup ice
1/2 cup Moscato
1 shot (1.5 oz) rum (again, use something sweet and not too smoky)
1 lime wedge
1 mint sprig
The directions to make either of these is the same. In a good blender, combine the frozen fruit, ice, wine, and rum. Blend until it’s slushy and no big chunks of ice remain. Pour into a tall glass, squeeze on a little lime juice and garnish with mint.
If you choose to make only one of these, then the above measurements will make one serving. If you make both, you can divide so that you have two servings, each getting a taste of both versions.
This is total weekend-backyard-picnic-worthy, so make a batch of these soon and feel free to double or triple if you’ve got a group coming over! xx. Emma
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Watermelon and Rose Sangria
- 1 cup 5 oz. cubed and frozen seedless watermelon
- 1 cup ice
- ½ cup Rose
- 1 shot (1.5 oz rum (Use something sweet and not too smoky that you enjoy sipping. I like Ron Zacapa.))
- 1 lime wedge (about 1/4 of a lime)
- 1 mint sprig (optional)
Pineapple and Moscato Sangria
- 1 cup 5 oz cubed, frozen pineapple
- 1 cup ice
- ½ cup Moscato
- 1 shot (1.5 oz rum (again, use something sweet and not too smoky))
- 1 lime wedge
- 1 mint sprig
- The directions to make either of these is the same. In a good blender, combine the frozen fruit, ice, wine, and rum. Blend until it’s slushy and no big chunks of ice remain. Pour into a tall glass, squeeze on a little lime juice and garnish with mint.
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Yum! Phoenix is so hot already, so I want one of these tonight!
I would never have thought of cinnamon! So cool!
I had the same thought! Perfect summertime bbq drink!
Oh these look amazing!! I put them on my list for our Memorial Day cookout, I have several friends who would love this! Can’t wait to try! 🙂
Oh this looks amazing! I love the cocktails that you make! Each one looks more wonderful than the next!
Yum! Looks delicious! I need to try these!!
Looks so cute AND yummy!
I love sangria too! It’s one of my favourite drinks – it’s just so good! I am going to make these tropical sangria for sure. They would be perfect on a Friday night on the balcony with my boyfriend. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
Pineapple & Moscato sangria?! Yum! Will be my go to summer-time drink for sure.
So cool! Defenitly recreating it! I love having a tour on your blog, you’re always making sure to post good-quality and original content. XO, Clem
I know what I’ll be drinking tonight x
Ohh I just got a watermelon that was not super sweet and now I know what to do with it. Perfect timing. Thanks so much.
That looks absolutely perfect for a Friday evening such as this one! YUM!
Wow, looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try this out!
Makes me want the summer to be here already even more (if it is possible!).
Sangria is the PERFECT drink to the start of the warm weather. This weekend is calling for an amazing forecast, so I’m so excited to start making some seasonal drinks! and I totally get the Malibu past… I’ll never go back to that!
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These look so good! Love the two-toned look when they’re combined. I think serving for a group is half what it actually is and half in the presentation, and these would be perfect for wowing the crowds! 😉