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Melon sangria

Melon sangria

Refreshing and delicious melon sangria recipe made with a mix of melons, including watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melons, moscato wine, honey, lime, grappa (an Italian grape brandy), sparkling water, and mint.
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine European, Fusion, Italian, Spanish
Keyword Grappa, Melon balls, Melon sangria, Moscato, Moscato sangria, Sangria
Prep Time 30 minutes
Macerating time 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8


  • ~3 cups of mixed melon balls watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew
  • 2-4 tablespoons of honey adjust to taste
  • 1 lime juiced
  • ¼ cup to ½ cup of grappa adjust to taste – can also use pisco or a clear grape brandy
  • 1 750 ml bottle of moscato wine, chilled
  • ~ 1 ½ cups of sparkling water chilled

To serve and garnish:


  • Place the melon balls in a large pitcher, add the honey (2 tablespoons to start), lime juice, and ¼ cup of grappa. Mix gently and let rest in fridge for 1-2 hours or until 1 hour before serving.
  • Add the moscato wine, mix gently, taste and add more honey or grappa if desired. Keep in mind that you will top it off with sparkling water right before serving, so it’s okay if it’s on the sweeter/stronger side. Refrigerate for another hour.
  • Right before serving, add ice (or frozen melon balls as ice cubes), lime slices and mint leaves to garnish, and top off with sparkling water. You can prepare the final mix in the pitcher or serve it directly into glasses with melon ice cubes and top off each glass with the sparkling water.


For a mocktail sangria variation, omit the moscato wine and the grappa, and replace with a sparkling white grape juice and sparkling lemonade.