Melon Ball Sangria – the perfect summer cocktail! Watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe balls with fresh mint, white wine, vodka, and ginger ale. So refreshing, so simple, and great for a party!
Hi guys, I haven’t shared a cocktail in forever! (Seriously, it’s been over a year! Who am I?!)
I bought these melon balls months ago with the intention of making this sangria with them and then almost immediately lost them in my freezer. But my children have eaten through our stash of Hot Pockets and the melon balls have been found!
I just love sangria, especially if I’m making drinks for more than a couple people. It’s a great way to stretch a bottle of wine and also not be making drinks one at a time all night long.
This Melon Ball Sangria is one of my favorites for summer. You have to try it!
How To Make Melon Ball Sangria
This sangria recipe is so simple! Especially if you live near an HEB because I found bags of mixed melon balls (in the picture below!) in the frozen fruit section and I’m sure other grocery stores have them but HEB was the first place I saw them. They have already balled watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe.
But if you can’t find frozen melon balls at your grocery store, you can buy fresh watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe and use a melon baller to make them yourself. Still easy!
The melon balls go into a pitcher and then you add an entire bottle of dry white wine (I like to use a Sauvignon Blanc) and some vodka. And then a handful of fresh mint! Let that sit in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it and then top it with ginger ale right before your party starts!
This sangria is so delicious and I’m not even a huge melon person, but I love this sangria. Sweet but not super sweet and the fresh mint and the bubbles from the ginger ale make it feel really light and refreshing.
Can Sangria Be Made Ahead?
Yes! You actually want to make sangria ahead of time so that the fruit can soak in the wine and really flavor it. The longer is sits, the better!
The recipe says to make it at least an hour ahead of time but you can do it up to overnight. The melon flavor will get more intense the longer it sits.
Just put all of the ingredients except the ginger ale in a pitcher and pop it in the refrigerator. Don’t add the ginger ale until you are ready to serve so that it’s still bubbly and refreshing.
Can I Use Diet Soda in Sangria?
Yes! I definitely did!
I try to keep my cocktails as low calorie as possible so I did use a diet ginger ale. You could also diet Sprite or diet 7Up and get pretty much the same effect.
Or if you don’t want to use a soda at all, you can use a lemon or lime flavored sparkling water. The sangria just won’t be as sweet as it is with the soda.
More Sangria Recipes
Pineapple Lemonade Sangria – if you like your sangrias on the sweet side, this is the one for you! Frozen lemonade concentrate is mixed with white wine, rum, and orange liqueur. Plus, pineapple, diced apple, strawberries, and sliced oranges and lemons! And finally, it’s topped with lemon-lime soda! There are so many flavors happening in this one and they are all delicious.
Peach Cherry Sangria – another great sangria with summer fruits! Peaches, cherries, and basil in white wine and brandy. It’s topped with sparking water but if you like a sweeter sangria, you could use a lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. If you love a lightly herby cocktail without the herbs being overpowering, you are going to love this one!
Very Berry Sangria – this is a huge recipe (4 bottles of wine!) so it is perfect for when you need to make drinks for a crowd. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries soak in red wine and tequila and then the sangria gets topped with bubbly ginger ale before serving.
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- 3 cups mixed melon balls (watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe)
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 750 ml bottle Sauvignon Blanc (or other dry white wine)
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 4 cups ginger ale
In a large pitcher, combine melon balls, mint leaves, wine, and vodka. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (up to overnight).
Right before serving, add ginger ale. Serve over ice, if desired.