Sunset Sangria – A Blonde Sangria with Watermelon, Basil & Ginger

Pitcher of blonde sangria with watermellon, basil & ginger Summer is just around the corner and our bar is what some would consider negligently overstocked with wine.  A batch of Sangria, Spain’s answer to the quintessential patio drink is not only in order, but well overdue!  Anyone who has ever enjoyed a glass (or two or three) with us will tell you that this seemingly harmless libation is just as destructive as it is delicious.  In our rendition, we opted for a sangria blanca or blonde sangria substituting the traditional red wine with a white. The result is a more delicate wine punch without sacrificing potency.  The refreshing combination of watermelon, citrus and fresh basil has a little bite with the addition of ginger.  A favourite amongst all of our friends, this stuff goes down so easy you’ll have to consider doubling the recipe!

Disclaimer: We at The Flirty Foodie take absolutely no responsibility for any debauchery, bad dance moves or spontaneous karaoke that may take place after consumption…you have been warned.

Ginger basil and watermellon being cut up


Sunset Sangria

Serves 6


  • 2-3 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 2-3 tablespoons ginger, julienned
  • 3 tablespoons fresh sweet basil, chopped
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1/3 cup Cointreau (or any other brand of Triple Sec you like)
  • 6-7 cups dry white wine (This is an approximate. We fully support the free pour method)
  • 2 cups white grape juice
  • 1 cups soda water (Alternatively you could use ginger ale or 7-up if you like it sweeter.)

basil, triple sec, wine and fruit



  1. Place watermelon, ginger, basil and lime into a large pitcher.
  2. Add cointreau, white wine, and white grape juice.
  3.  Refrigerate. Let the flavours mingle for a couple hours for best results but we pass no judgement if you just can’t do it.
  4. Add soda to taste just before serving.

Sunset Sangria. A blonde sangria with basil watermellon and ginger
















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12 thoughts on “Sunset Sangria – A Blonde Sangria with Watermelon, Basil & Ginger

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  2. What kind of white wine did you use? I’m a huge fan of Moscato (specifically, Beringer. Oh Lordy.) and wonder if that would work well or if a different white wine would be better.

  3. Thanks for the comment Erica. We just used a simple dry white wine. We’ve been hearing great things about using Moscato in sangria though so we say give it a go! We’d love to hear how it turns out:)

    • You can definitely make it without, but the basil adds a wonderful aroma to the sangria. The flavour isn’t overpowering. It adds to the complexity of the drink.

  4. So….I think I put too much lime in the drink because it has a little bitter/zesty after-taste. Is there anything I can do to change it back to where the lime is not too over powering?

  5. You can do several things to lighten the lime flavour. You can either substitute 1/2 of the lime for a sweeter citrus such as orange or use the full amount of lime and add more grape juice to balance out the tartness.

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