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The 4th of July and watermelon sangria. Watermelon Sangria and the 4th of July. Yep. A good combination anyway you say it.
We had a pretty great 4th of July filled with friends, family, and fireworks. A fruity, festive drink certainly helped. I think it could actually help on any occasion, but maybe it’s just me.
Since we were planning on entertaining, I wanted to have something light and refreshing to drink. This watermelon sangria definitely hit the spot.
Before I share my recipe, I wanted to give a brief recap of our day.
We stared bright and early getting the boys dressed in their matching Patriotic shirts, packing up the car, and heading to our local parade. While I don’t always enjoy a parade, the boys were pretty well-behaved, and that made a big difference.
There was still tons of candy…the boys each had a full plastic bag worth by the time we left…but, they only ate one sucker at the parade, and one piece on the way home.
It was then a quick lunch for the boys, while we got ready for our BBQ. My husband cut up fruit for a salad, and I grabbed some of the watermelon for my sangria. He then started up the grill as soon as everyone arrived.
The kids ran around for about 2 hours straight. We hoped to get them to relax a little before the fireworks, but they were too excited from playing with friends, and about the upcoming fireworks. The twins had never been before because they happen after their bedtime, but we thought we’d let them stay up late this year since they are four.
We packed up snacks, a blanket, and Snug Safe n Sound Kids Earmuffs / Hearing Protectors (My Amazon Affiliate link) for the boys, and headed to our local fireworks. The boys had a blast.
They fed the fish, ran around with their friends and cousins, and then quieted down when it came time for the big show. Big C is pretty scared about loud noises, so he put on his ear protection pretty early. Little P wasn’t as worried about the noise, but was still scared about the actual fireworks. I think he was afraid they were going to land on him, as he covered his nose and mouth. Once he realized they were pretty far away, he really enjoyed them. Both boys said it was the best fireworks and best 4th of July ever.
I’d have to agree.
This recipe came together pretty last-minute. Feel free to change up the amount/type of alcohol. It is not a super sweet sangria, and I made it as low-calorie as an alcoholic drink can be. It was not sponsored by any of the products I used.
- 1 Bottle of cheap Red Wine (I used 2 Buck Chuck Merlot)
- 2 shots of Dark Rum
- 4 shots of Flavored Vodka (I used Strawberry lemonade)
- 5 large slices of Watermelon
- 1 bottle of Vitamin Water (I used the XXX Zero Flavor, which is Acai-Blueberry-Pomegrantate with zero calories)
- 1 Apple, 4 Strawberries, and 1 Pear
- Cut the Watermelon into chunks
- Combine with some of the red wine and blend (I used my Ninja to blend it)
- Pour the rest of the wine in a pitcher, add the puree, add the Vitamin Water, and the alcohol
- Mix with a large spoon
- Peel and dice Apple and Pear, cut Strawberries
- Add fruit, and refrigerate until ready to serve
- Mix again before serving, and pour in glasses over ice
- Enjoy the deliciousness and your party!
Hope you had a great holiday weekend! What’s your favorite flavor for summer?
Rachel G says
Aww, glad the boys had so much fun on the fourth with the parade and fireworks!! We had an interesting watermelon drink at the party we went to–they cut a hole in a small watermelon, stuck in a hand mixer to blend up the insides, then stuck a straw in, and we just drank up the watermelon! 😛 All over the world, watermelon and the 4th of July go together!
Kim L says
Your kids are adorable and that sangria sounds yummy…do you think I could use white wine instead of red?? Not a big red wine lover
Sounds delicious! Sort of reminds me of this amazing watermelon juice I buy from a nice grocery store nearby, but more fun! Lol
I am a huge sangria person so this is right up my alley! I have never had watermelon sangria before though! YUM!
My Urban Family says
I always love the matching outfits! And that sangria looks so good. I could use a cold drink like that and it’s still morning HA
Emily Bendler says
That sangria looks delicious. Looks like you guys had a great 4th!!
Sounds like you had a great 4th of July! The sangria sounds delicious!
Omgoodness….this looks so tasty! I bet my hubby would love this. Looks like you all had a great time 😀
Becky @Disney in your Day says
Yum, this looks amazing – I love watermelon! I’m having a party next weekend and I have a recipe for pineapple sangria I’m going to try!
Shann Eva says
Oh…pineapple sounds yummy too!
This sounds so good! I wish I could be drinking one right now. The boys look like they had a blast! Hopefully they won’t be as scared next year.
Alexis Prieto says
All I have to say is YUM! Watermelon is a summer must have. Partner it with alcohol & you got me!
Lauren B. says
That sounds delish and you look so cute in that dress!
Shann Eva says
Thank you so much, Lauren!
Sounds like you had a great celebration! Your watermelon sangria also looks delicious 🙂
I never would have thought to add Vitamin Water to sangria, great idea! Sounds tasty and seems like you had a great 4th!
Shann Eva says
Yes! Thank you!
Okay first? You look so sexy in that dress!!!! Also I’m loving your hair! Go girl 🙂
Awww, so glad to hear you had a wonderful 4th with your family <3 and thank you for sharing this sangria recipe–it looks delicious!!
Shann Eva says
Awe. Thank you Charlotte. You’re too sweet 🙂
GiGi Eats Celebrities says
I know a FAIR AMOUNT of people who would kiss my feet if I made this drink for them!
Shann Eva says
Ha ha! Love it!
This looks yum-tastic! Sweet, refreshing, and perfect for our next BBQ. Can’t wait to try this recipe!
Shann Eva says
Awesome! Thank you!
Tia @ financiallyfitandfab says
Awesome Pinterest worthy recipe. I’ll have to make it the next time I have company.
Shann Eva says
Thank you so much!
Sarah Emily says
Yum! This soudns right up my alley and perfect for these hot summer nights! Great recipe
Rica Lewis says
I really did not expect the vitamin water. I guess with the fruit and water you could kinda pass it off as a health drink. Or is that a bit of a stretch? 🙂
Alison @ Puppies & Pretties says
That sounds delicious! I might have to try it out.
CourtneyLynne Storms says
Ooooo now this is my kinda cocktail! Then again what kinda cocktail isn’t 😉 so need to give your sangria a try!
Bree Courtney says
I’ve been really wanting to make a sangria lately. This would be perfect for a summer BBQ with friends. Excited to try it. I might make mine a tad bit sweeter. Also, you look super adorable in that floral dress! 🙂
Oh yes, this sangria recipe looks wonderful! And I love your dress! Thank you for sharing!
Jessica Hughes says
Yum! It looks like this would be delicious and it looks like you had a great 4th!
Tori Moore says
This looks delicious! I love watermelon anything!
Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot says
That sangria sounds delightful! Can’t wait to make it!
I know this is all about a tasty drink but can we pause for a moment to see how amazing you look? Killin’ it Momma!
The Cuteness says
Wow, this sounds so good!! I love sangria, but I’ve never thought to add watermelon. Great idea!
Mia Sutton says
That looks absolutely delicious! Watermelon is one of my favorite things about summer. And your boys are so precious! 🙂
Emily Brick says
Mmm… I love watermelon and I love sangria! Thanks for the great recipe.
Looks delicious! I’m a huge sangria fan!
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Erlene A says
Sounds like a delicious drink to help beat the summer heat. We eat tons of watermelon during the summer and this would make a perfect drink for the hubby & me.
Cara Owens-Kindly Unspoken says
I love that dress on you, so pretty and colorful. & this drink sounds delicious! 🙂
Watermelon sangria sounds amazing! Might have to make this tonight!!!
Travel Pockets says
I love watermelon and Sangria, so this is perfect for me!
Ref J says
Love this, I cannot wait to try this recipe. I love a sangria and I love watermelon, so this i sure to be a new favorite for the summer.
Pack Your Baguios says
This looks delicious! I love anything watermelon flavored.
Ana Ojha says
First let me compliment you that you have lost so much weight and you look gorgeous in your colorful dress! Glad to know that little ones enjoyed their first fireworks and this watermelon Sangria sounds awesome. Can’t wait to try this! Have pinned it for my reference!
Ok, I totally need to make that Sangria!
Amanda Kushner says
OMG that watermelon sangria looks SO STINKING GOOD. Definitely the perfect summer drink 🙂
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Laura Kathleen @LauraAimeVous says
Sounds like a fun day, and love how low-calorie it is! Also the boys are adorable in the matching shirts!
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Mary Welby says
That looks delicious and refreshing! I never would have thought of it!
Brittany @ Grace, Love, Life says
Sounds like you all had a happy fourth!
Sandy Mangis says
Sounds like a great drink. And I love your dress.
LALAINE MANALO says
This is such a fun summer drink! I And bonus points for being “for adults” only 🙂