Watermelon Sangria Slushie

As you might be able to tell from scouring my blog, I’m not big on cocktails. Or, I should say, I’m not big on making cocktails. I would much rather have someone else make them for me!

But sometimes, when the mood strikes, I try my hand at making a simple cocktail. This Watermelon Sangria Slushie is not only a simply cocktail, it is an impressive drink you can proudly serve to guests.


A bit of forethought is required to make the mint syrup (dead easy) and to throw a few watermelon cubes into the freezer. But after that, a handful of ingredients are thrown into the blender and you’ve got a fancy cocktail! Best served with a sprig of mint, a fancy straw, and good company.

Because I think relaxing poolside with a drink shouldn’t require much more effort than that.


Watermelon Sangria Slushie
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    mint syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup loosely-packed fresh mint leaves
  • Watermelon Sangria Slushie
  • 2 cups frozen cubed watermelon
  • 1/2 cup sweeter white wine
  • 3 shots dark or spiced rum
  • 2 shots of mint syrup


  1. To make the mint syrup, bring 1 cup of water and the sugar to a boil. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove from heat and add the mint leaves, covering to let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Pour the syrup into a glass jar, discarding the leaves, and allow to cool.
  2. To make the cocktail, throw all ingredients into a blender along with 1/2 cup water. Mix until pureed, and serve with (biodegradable) straws and a sprig of fresh mint. Feel free to adjust rum or wine quantities to your preferences.


Makes 4 small cocktails, or two large ones

Note: I recommend making this mint syrup as it doesn’t overpower the cocktail. If you want to use something minty already in your liquor cabinet, go easy with the dosage at first (try one shot and taste).

Note2: local watermelon is so delicious here in Canada. Try and get your hands on one for this recipe!


  • Kellie MacMillan
    I love the photos you took, Hilary. The colors are great. I agree with you about relaxing being easy. Although all the flavors sound amazing I tend to avoid sugar whenever possible but I'm sure I could re-jigger things for a sugar-free version. I hope you summer is amazing and thanks for the wonderful post. Kellie from Princess and the Yard Ape
    • Thanks Kellie! While they're not overly sweet, they do contain sugar. I'm sure you could make the mint syrup with a sugar alternative! Enjoy your summer as well :)
  • These are so beautiful, Hilary! I think I'm in love with your cups! Going to get a watermelon right now...
    • Thank you Cristina! :) The cups were a lovely gift from a friend, I'm so pleased you like them! And watermelon is in season, so go for it!
    Mint, watermelon and rum. Everything wonderful with this drink concoction.
  • Colleen Milne
    This cocktail looks incredibly refreshing. Must try!
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