The Most Refreshing Tropical Sangria

A unique, refreshing tropical sangria featuring some of the best flavors of the islands. Pineapple, mango, white wine and RUM all come together in a delicious drink that’s fit for a crowd.

A refreshing, make-ahead Tropical Sangria to feed a crowd!

Okay, I just want to start off by saying I am completely aware that this is the second tropical recipe I’ve posted in a row, but I don’t think you’ll blame me once you see what I have in store for you. This refreshing Tropical Sangria was inspired by our trip to Hawaii a couple of weeks ago, and I have to say it is one of the best sangrias I’ve tasted in a loooooong time.

If you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that there aren’t more recipes for Tropical Sangria out there in the world. I saw it on the menu of the pool bar at the condos we stayed at on Oahu and, although I never got a chance to try that one (well, I had the chance, the mai tai I had from them was just enough to discourage me from trying any more of their mixed drinks), I knew I wanted to try and make my own – and undoubtedly better – version as soon as we got home.

Mix up a pitcher of this refreshing Tropical Sangria before your Labor Day get-together!

If we’re thinking “tropical,” of course we’re going to go with a white wine base. And we’re not talking chardonnay – this white wine needs to be crisp, refreshing, herbaceous and, yes, tropical. I went for a Sauvignon Blanc, but a Pinot Grigio would be great as well.

The next step is to find the most tropical fruit that you can. Pineapple and mango always seem to be a safe bet here on the mainland, but you could also incorporate things like passion fruit, guava or even lychee if you can find them.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I like my sangria to be a little more “high octane” than just your average bottle of wine. And don’t even talk to me about adding any sort of soda water. I think it just waters things down wayyyyyy too much, especially since our Tropical Sangria is going to be served over plenty of ice. This is where the rum comes in! I mean, come on, there’s no liquor that’s quite more tropical than that.

Finally, there are a couple of other not-so-secret ingredients that really seal the deal, and they’re ingredients you’ll find in many of your favorite tiki drinks. We’re talking orange curacao and orgeat. Sure, you could leave them out, but I love the extra dimension they give the drink and they truly do make it taste much more tropical.

A great batch cocktail, this Tropical Sangria is perfect for your next cocktail party.

One thing I love about this drink (aside from how tasty it is) is that, unlike many other cocktails, this makes a huge batch. In other words, it’s perfect for a party! I recommend mixing it up in a pitcher in advance and getting the sangria nice and chilled – sans ice – until you’re ready to serve. When it comes time for your guests to whet their whistles, just scoop the ice into the individual glasses and pour the sangria over it. Don’t forget to scoop out some of the fruit into each glass! That booze-infused juiciness is the best part.

A glass of refreshing, boozy Tropical Sangria is just the cocktail you need for your next party.

If you ask me, this Tropical Sangria is the perfect drink for your long Labor Day weekend. No matter where you find yourself, everyone can use a little island flavor in their life, right?

The Most Refreshing Tropical Sangria
Prep Time
5 mins
Refrigerator time
30 mins

A unique, refreshing tropical sangria featuring some of the best flavors of the islands. Pineapple, mango, white wine and RUM all come together in a delicious drink that’s fit for a crowd.

Course: Drinks
Keyword: batch drink, cocktails, drinks, entertaining, mango, pineapple, rum, sangria, tropical, white wine
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 335 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
  • 2 cups cubed mango
  • 1 whole pineapple, cut into wheels and cored
  • 2 750mL bottles white wine (I recommend Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio)
  • 3/4 cup rum
  • 1/2 cup orange curacao
  • 1/2 cup orgeat
  1. Place mango and pineapple in the bottom of a large pitcher. 

  2. Pour all other ingredients into pitcher and stir.

  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve (I recommend at least 30 minutes.)

  4. Pour into individual wine glasses filled with ice to serve. Be sure to scoop in some of the fruit!

Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria

We’re going to do this Labor Day weekend in style, and Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria is going to help us do it.

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That’s right, we’re going all out. No holds barred. Because what’s not to celebrate? It’s still warm enough to get outside (the beach is calling my name), but we’re officially into the month of September, which means pumpkin spice and all the other fall flavors are going to be upon us before we know it (oh wait, they already are.)

In any case, we need to consume all of the frozen cocktails before summer is officially “over,” before it’s passé to say you got drunk off of too much Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria this weekend. Call me old-fashioned, call me “shi shi,” but I realized a few weeks ago that I did not have ONE frozen cocktail recipe on my site yet (unless you count these Pineapple Mojito Popsicles, which I must say are quite refreshing for a warm summer’s day!)

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I must admit, I’m biased in the fact that I don’t usually find myself ordering frozen cocktails. This bias most likely harkens back to my “I fear all empty calories” days, or perhaps I’ve just more naturally stopped ordering these drinks because I now try to limit the amount of added sugar I enjoy in my drinks (hangover central right there!)

BUT, this blog is all about finding balance, right? About not having any restrictions on what we eat or drink? (In moderation, of course.) Because of this, I felt like it was my civic duty to come up with a delicious frozen cocktail composed of as many natural sugars as possible that wouldn’t leave us laid up in bed with a hangover at any time during this glorious three-day weekend.

So, what do you say? Are you down to consume some frosty, punchy Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria in the next few days? If you said yes, your weekend is already shaping up to be pretty awesome. Tell me, what other fun plans do you have to say “sayonara” to summer and welcome in fall? Please tell me you’ll be enjoying the outdoors and eating and drinking all of the delicious things. I’m going to be getting in some serious games of beach volleyball, celebrating a friend’s birthday (that just so happens to be a “Convention of Cocktails” theme, how fun is that?) and getting together with friends for a little potluck on Monday. And drinking Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria throughout, of course!

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Back to that! This recipe is super easy, with just five ingredients and coming together with a quick whir of the blender. We start with cubes of frozen cantaloupe, add chilled white wine and gin, and finish with a touch of simple syrup and fresh lime juice.  Put it all in a blender and your drink is ready in less than five minutes!

Another bonus? This particular recipes makes FOUR cocktails, which means you won’t need to worry about blending the drinks in batches and having a glass full of watery sangria on your hands before everyone is served. Win win!

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And did I mention it’s incredibly tasty? The cantaloupe is incredibly refreshing and, even though our Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria will still melt if you let it sit too long, the fact that we don’t use any ice cubes makes sure it won’t get too diluted and watered down. The Sauvignon Blanc and the lime juice add a nice hint of acidity, with the gin adding lovely aromatics and the simple syrup bringing in just the right amount of sweetness.

So what do you say? Are you ready to give this a shot? Then get your ingredients in the freezer STAT and you’ll have Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria in your hands in no time. Happy Friday friends!

Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria | CaliGirl Cooking

Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
A refreshing frozen sangria composed of frozen cantaloupe, white wine and gin. The perfect refreshing cocktail for the last of the warm-weather days!
  • 4 cups cubed frozen cantaloupe
  • 1 ½ cups Sauvignon Blanc I used Provenance
  • 3 ounces gin
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 ounces simple syrup
  • Lime wheels for garnish
  1. Combine all ingredients (except lime wheels) in a blender. Place blender on medium-high and blend until well-combined. Serve immediately.


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Let’s see summer out with a bang!