This sangria marries together white wine, rum, and lemonade with honeydew melon, green apples, lemon, and mint for a tart and refreshing adult beverage.
This is my favorite late summer cocktail. As soon as Granny Smith apples are abundant in the supermarket, I always get excited to make a pitcher of this sangria and sit back on the porch to enjoy it.
You can, of course, drink this fruity sangria any time of the year as long as you have access to green apples and honeydew melon.
If you are looking for another late summer sangria, don’t miss my Peach & Berries Sangria, it’s so good!
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Honeydew and Green Apple Sangria
This recipe will make about 6 servings. It can easily be doubled or tripled if needed.
1 bottle dry white wine (750 ml)
¼ cup white rum
1½ cup lemonade
¼ honeydew melon
1 large Granny Smith apple
3 tbsp sugar
Which Wine to Use?
Sangria originated in Spain, which has a long history of producing amazing wines. So, do you need to use Spanish wine for your sangria? Nope. My rule of thumb when it comes to choosing the best wine for sangria is to use what I like. It’s really that simple.
I tend to stick with a dry and acidic type of wine like any of the following:
As I said, it is all dependent upon your preference. Don’t tell anyone, but I have been known to use wines I have been gifted that I am not crazy about. Making a fruity adult punch out of them ensures they won’t go to waste!
Easy Steps To Make Melon and Apple Sangria
Sangria requires a little chill time to make sure the flavors are all married together—and this particular sangria will need a bit of extra time because you’re going to want the honeydew chilled beforehand.
Start cutting your honeydew in half and removing the seeds. With a melon baller, use circular motions to scoop out the melon. I usually place the balls in a Ziploc bag and place them in the freezer for about 3 hours. Honeydew freezes nicely without becoming too watery.
Right before you are ready to take the melon out of the freezer, slice your apple and lemon, without peeling.
In a large serving pitcher, combine your white wine with sugar. Pour in the lemonade and rum and stir everything together.
Add your apple and lemon slices to the large pitcher.
Take your honeydew out of the freezer and add the balls to the pitcher, topping with fresh mint leaves.
Chill the pitcher of green apple and honeydew melon sangria in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. This will help all the flavors to come together. Serve in your favorite sangria glasses, and enjoy!
This is a great drink to sit back and watch a sunset with, just sayin’.
For another fantastic drink, give my Fruity Red Wine Sangria a try. It is delish! You may also enjoy these other fruity cocktails:
Pink Grapefruit Martini
Frozen Strawberry Margarita
Lemon Vodka Spritzer
For a kid-friendly or non-alcoholic version of this drink, swap out the white wine for an equal amount of white grape juice, and exchange the rum for an equal amount of ginger ale or sparkling water.
Tart Granny Smith apple with honeydew melon balls infused with white wine and rum come together for an amazing sangria that is sure to be a hit with any crowd.
Honeydew and Apple Sangria
- 1 750ml dry white wine
- ¼ cup white rum
- 1½ cup lemonade
- ¼ honeydew melon
- 1 large Granny Smith apple
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 lemon
- fresh mint
- Cut honeydew melon in quarters and remove seeds. With melon baller, scoop out balls. Place in freezer for 3 hours.
- Slice the apple and lemon.
- In a serving pitcher, combine white wine and sugar. Pour in the lemonade and rum; stir.
- Add the apple and lemon slices to the pitcher.
- Remove melon balls from freezer and add to pitcher.
- Top with fresh mint leaves and place in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
- Serve over glasses of ice.