This easy and refreshing summer sangria with watermelon and pineapple is a fun twist on sangria that utilizes fresh summer produce.
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You guys, it’s finally summer – my favorite time of the year. Warm weather, beach days, sunshine, summer produce, and of course, sangria.
Today’s drink? A summer sangria recipe with watermelon and pineapple.
So here’s how to make sangria! It’s made with just a few ingredients (including the fruit) and there are NO simple syrups involved. Just wine, brandy, fruit, and some soda for fizz.
And please don’t skip that brandy – it’s an essential part of the sangria recipe. Without it, it would just be a spritzer. And that’s all you need for sangria ingredients!
This summer sangria with watermelon and pineapple is made with white wine – and not just any white wine. What is the best wine for this sangria recipe in my opinion? Moscato. I love the sweetness of Moscato wine. It pairs really nicely with the watermelon and acidic pineapple. It’s also sweet enough that you can skip adding additional sweeteners to it.
For the fruit, I used Del Monte Fresh pre-cut watermelon spears and their pre-cut pineapple. First of all, it makes this sangria come together in a flash. Not having to cut up a whole watermelon and pineapple myself is a big time saver.
I also like that I can see the watermelon before I buy it. I’m a big watermelon nut – I love it but ONLY if it has the right texture. I can’t eat watermelon that’s too ripe or even slightly mushy. I just can’t.
There’s nothing worse (when it comes to watermelon) then cutting into it and seeing that the whole thing is too ripe. That kind of surprise sucks. When buying it pre-cut, you can see exactly what you’re getting.
Firm watermelon is also important to this recipe. You really don’t want mushy watermelon hanging out in your refreshing summer sangria – it’ll make the watermelon even more mushy and just gross (IMO).
I find my sliced Del Monte Fresh watermelon and pineapple in the produce section at BJ’s. If you’re picky about the texture of fruit like I am, it’s definitely the way to go.
You can make this easy sangria with watermelon and pineapple up to two hours before serving or you can drink it immediately. Try pairing this with my delicious lemon skewers. Or even with grilled bacon wrapped chicken! Enjoy!
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