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Sangria Watermelon

on April 19, 2021
last updated April 26, 2023
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Kick summer off with this refreshing and fun Sangria Watermelon! It's super refreshing, perfect for parties, and make s a great centerpiece!
pouring simple syrup into watermelon

Splash into summer with this party-ready Sangria Watermelon. It’s refreshing, sweet, uses the watermelon to it’s fullest potential, and pretty much, it’s a whole vibe.

The sweet watermelon and white wine are balanced out beautifully by the citrus, and the vodka just brings it home. It is without a doubt one of my favorite summer Sangria’s.

Sangria Splashing Out of a Watermelon

Sangria Watermelon Tips and Tricks

You’ll Need a Melon Spicket

If you want to make your Sangria inside the watermelon, you’ll need a special melon spicket. They are super affordable and easy to use, and they last forever!

I use this Watermelon Tap Kit (affiliate link), which comes with a corer as well that I use all the time! You can absolutely make this in a pitcher instead, but this makes it so fun!

Use a Big Watermelon

It has to hold about 6 full glasses of Sangria, so you need the space. It’s best to leave some of the pink flesh when you dig out the core for your Sangria, so you get the most watermelon flavor infused into your drink.

If You’re Not Serving it Inside a Watermelon

If you don’t want to use a whole watermelon to serve your Sangria, you can easily make this Sangria Watermelon in a pitcher. Just use about a cup of chopped watermelon in the pitcher, and stir with a wooden spoon.

Easy as that!

Green tip: Eating seasonally is one of the best (and most delicious) ways to support local and decrease your carbon footprint. Local foods have less associated transportation costs and fuel emissions. Simply put, eating seasonally = less environmental impact. Check when watermelon is in season near you with this Seasonal Food Guide.

Making Your Own Simple Syrup

If you don’t have simple syrup in the house, you can easily whip up your own! To make a simple syrup, just use water and sugar in a 1:1 ratio.

This recipe calls for 1/4 cup simple syrup. Simply Boil 1/4 cup water in a small pot, add 1/4 cup granulated, brown, or coconut sugar, and stir until all of the sugar is dissolved. Allow it to cool and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Sangria Watermelon in a wine glass with garnish

How to Core a Watermelon

Help It Stand On Its Own

First, you’ll chop the bottom off, so the watermelon can easily stand on a flat surface. Use a sharp knife to slice about 1/4 of an inch off the bottom of your watermelon. So how do you know which is the bottom and which is the top?

It’s up to you! If the watermelon is perfectly symmetrical, just choose either end! If one end is a little larger than the other, use the larger end as the bottom.

Cut Off the Top

Slice about 2 inches off the top of your watermelon so you can access the inside. Set it aside to put back on later.

Carve a Hole for the Sangria

Use a large spoon to carve a circle in the center of the pink flesh, leaving about an inch or two of flesh around the outside. Then use the spoon to dig down to the bottom of the watermelon, creating a hole.

Set the watermelon you use aside to enjoy later. You can use a couple of slices of this scooped-out watermelon to garnish your glasses.

Insert the Spicket

Core a hole about 3 inches from the bottom of the watermelon and insert and secure your faucet. It makes it super easy to access your delicious summer Sangria.

Serving sangria out of a watermelon

Why You Should Make This Sangria Watermelon

  • It’s fun! Perfect for a party.
  • It’s summery! The epitome of sweet summer Sangria.
  • It’s fresh. Between the watermelon pitcher and the added citrus, this is so refreshing on a hot day!

If you love this Sangria Watermelon and need more refreshing drink inspiration, check out this Coconut Daiquiri and this Ginger Beer Mojito.

Sangria Watermelon in a wine glass with garnish

Sangria Watermelon

5 from 1 vote
Marley Goldin
Kick summer off with this refreshing and fun Sangria Watermelon! It's super refreshing, perfect for parties, and makes a great centerpiece!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Seeping Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 large watermelon, whole
  • cup vodka
  • 750 ml dry white wine (750 ml usually = 1 bottle)
  • ¼ cup simple syrup
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 large lime


  • Cut about 1/4 inch of rind off the bottom of your watermelon and discard, so it can easily stand on its own. Then cut about 2 inches off the top of your watermelon, exposing the juicy pink flesh.
  • Stand the watermelon upright, and use a large spoon to carve a hole in the center of the pink flesh, leaving about an inch or two of flesh around the outside (see pictures above).
  • Scoop out the innards of the watermelon in the hole you made, and set them aside to enjoy later (maybe in this Watermelon Margarita!).
  • If serving from the watermelon with the kit, core a hole about 3 inches from the bottom of the watermelon and insert and secure your faucet.
  • Add the vodka, wine, and simple syrup to the hole in your watermelon.
  • Wash your lemon and lime, cut them in half, squeeze the juice into the hole in your watermelon, and then drop the peel and pulp in, too.
  • Replace the top of the watermelon and allow to sit for about 10 minutes, to allow the watermelon flavor to seep in.
  • Enjoy over ice!

Pro Tips

  • If you want to serve your Sangria in a watermelon, get this Watermelon Tap Kit. Such a great party piece!
  • You could also use a ladle to serve the drink from the top of the watermelon.
  • There’s nothing like a refreshing sangria, so I had to make a collection of my best sangria recipes!
Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan
Keyword 30 Minutes or Less, Event Cocktail, Sangria, Sangria Watermelon, Vegan Cocktail, Vodka
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