Ginger Melon Sangria from www.loveandoliveoil.com

This is a summer sangria if I ever saw one. All that’s missing from this picture is a lounge chair and a warm summer breeze.

The thought of three colors of melon floating in a bubbly, boozy sea is what inspired this recipe. Or maybe I just needed an excuse to actually use my melon baller (holler! because really, how often does that little thing get used?)

Ginger Melon Sangria from www.loveandoliveoil.com

This sangria is particularly refreshing, bubbly and vibrant chartreuse in color from the melon liqueur. It is neither heavy nor overpoweringly fruity like red sangria can often be. The flavors mingle more and more the longer the drink sits, the balls of melon absorbing the musty sweetness of the Moscato and the spiciness of the ginger beer.

Ginger Melon Sangria from www.loveandoliveoil.com

Might I suggest freezing a few of the melon balls while the rest of your sangria marinates? Plop a few frozen balls into each glass when serving, and your guests’ drinks will stay cool and undiluted.

Balling definitely isn’t the most efficient use of a melon, with all the scraps that fall between the hallowed out circles. But that doesn’t mean those scraps have to go to waste. Instead, save them and all the juices and blend with a bit of water and a splash of lime juice, and you’ll have yourself an agua fresca that’d be perfect for the kids or non-drinkers at your end-of-summer soiree.

Drink up the last drops of summer, while you still can!

Ginger Melon Sangria

Yield: 8 servings

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 12 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle white moscato wine
  • 8 ounces ginger beer (I like FeverTree)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2-3 limes)
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) melon liqueur (such as Midori)
  • 1/2 small watermelon, balled
  • 1 cantaloupe, balled
  • 1 honeydew, balled
  • 1 lime, sliced, for garnish
  • club soda, for finishing

Directions:

Combine wine, ginger beer, lime juice, and melon liqueur in a large pitcher. Add melon balls (optional: freeze some of melon balls to use as ice cubes when serving). Let sangria sit for a few hours or overnight if possible. Served cold, topped with a splash of club soda and a slice of lime.

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  1. What a fabulously unique Sangria recipe! I flipping love the melon in there!

  2. This is such a beautiful summer drink and the flavors sound seriously perfect!!

  3. This, a summer breeze, a body of water might just everything I need to be happy in life. Yay for celebrating summer while it’s still here!

  4. I am obsessed with ginger beer and melon season has finally arrived in Michigan! Yes please!

  5. The color is just stunning! Makes me want to dump out the morning coffee I’m drinking and replace it with this :) Would sure make Monday off to a better start! Pinned!

  6. Adding this to my must-try soon list!

  7. This is so beautiful! Love the color. And yes, “balling” isn’t very efficient. But I have no shame in messily digging out the scraps over the sink and shoving them in my mouth!

  8. So beautiful! Love those melon balls–I could definitely drink quite a bit of this! :)

  9. That just LOOKS like summer in a glass. Beautiful, stunning pictures!!

  10. I have to try these flavors! Just so stunning!

  11. Such a nice refreshing twist on a classic sangria, and so summery! 

  12. What a perfect summer drink!  This will be perfect on our Labor Day picnic – can’t wait to try it.

  13. woah … stunning!!

  14. This is GORGEOUS! I cannot wait to try it. I’m going to include it in a roundup of Labor Day recipes :)

  15. This is just absolutely stunning! I just so happen to be making sangria this weekend, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be trying out this recipe. Yum! 

  16. This is just the prettiest and most delicious sounding sangria ever. Super yum! : )

  17. This is so pretty! I love sangria in any form, but the addition of ginger beer and melon is making me very excited. Summer at its finest!

  18. Omg. That. Looks. (and sounds) Amazing. Must try! Thanks for sharing! xo

  19. At first I was like, this sound like a lot of work, but then I was like, I LOVE melon and ginger beer. Now, I would like to start drinking this sangria immediately!

  20. Beautiful! Do you think this would work with a Riesling, since it’s a little less sweet? If so, I might be trying this on tonight. :)

  21. I have all the ingredients, and will be making this in a couple of hours!

  22. A pitcher-perfect drink for Labor Day! Yum!

  23. This cocktail is absolutely stunning. The perfect celebration of summer flavors. 

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