Beat the heat this summer and quench your thirst with this super refreshing Cucumber Melon Sangria.
The best summer cocktails are light, refreshing and easy to sip on all night long.
This Cucumber Melon Sangria ticks all of those boxes plus it is made in advance which pretty much makes this the perfect summer party cocktail.
What is sangria?
Sangria is a cocktail that originates in Spain. The most readily known version uses red wine along with a variety of fruits, orange juice and another form of liquor like brandy.
This Cucumber Melon Sangria is different in that it uses white wine instead of red and gin instead of brandy. You'll even find sangria recipes that use rosé wine, too, like our irresistible Peach Rosé Sangria.
The beauty of sangria is that it is completely adaptable to your tastes, which makes creating a delicious, refreshing batch cocktail quick and easy.
Not a brandy fan? Use rum. Is vodka your spirit of choice? Feel free to swap it for the gin in this recipe. See how easy it is to make it your own?
The ingredient list for this Cucumber Melon Sangria is tailor-made for a hot summer day. It has refreshment written all over it.
Think crisp cucumber, juicy honeydew melon and fresh, fragrant mint leaves along with a bit of gin, white wine and a bit of bubbly club soda or sparkling water. It's spa water with a lovely kick.
Tip: Not a honeydew melon fan? Try substituting cantaloupe instead!
What I love about sangria is you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy it. A $10-12 bottle of white wine will do the job nicely in this recipe.
Since this Cucumber Melon Sangria gets its sweetness from fruit and a bit of sugar, look for a white wine that is dry and crisp. Definitely reserve that oak-heavy Chardonnay for another occasion.
I used a Sauvignon Blanc from California, but a Vinho Verde, a dry Riesling or even a Pinot Grigio would work well, too.
Sangria recipes make beautiful presentations because of all the fruit floating in it. If you have a punch bowl, now is the time to break it out.
No punch bowl? A pitcher gives an equally lovely look as does popping a few pieces of fruit in each lowball or stemless wine glass. (I think these tasty, slightly boozy bites are the best part of any sangria recipe.)
Most sangrias, including this Cucumber Melon Sangria, have a lower alcohol content than most mixed drinks making them ideal (and more economical) for large groups.
The beauty of sangria is that once you’ve made it, you are done bartending for the night. So go ahead and make a double (or triple) batch of this Cucumber Melon Sangria for your backyard BBQ. This thirst-quencher goes down quickly!
More white sangria recipes
- Pineapple Sangria - Garnish with Lemon®
- Fruity White Sangria - Aggie's Kitchen
- Elderflower Sangria - Garnish with Lemon®
- White Sangria Recipe - Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
- Sangria Lemonade - Garnish with Lemon®
Cucumber Melon Sangria
- 1 750 ml bottle dry white wine
- ¾ cup gin
- 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
- ½ honeydew melon cubed
- ½ seedless cucumber sliced
- ½ cup packed fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup sparkling water or club soda
- Combine all ingredients except sparkling water in a large pitcher and still well. Refrigerate at least 4 hours (more if possible).
- Just before serving, pour in sparkling water and gently stir to combine. Serve over ice in lowball or stemless wine glasses.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.