You know it’s hot and humid outside when you go to bed with a glass of water next to you and when you wake up wanting a refreshing drink in the morning, that water is warmer than lukewarm. Not so refreshing, huh?
Well, I have just the refreshing beverage for those of age that want to beat the summer heat! Watermelon Sangria. Part of what makes this recipe that much more refreshing is that it’s made with a dry, white wine versus a red wine. Red wine in sangria is amazing, don’t get me wrong, but I was excited to try something a little different and white wine proved to hit the spot! It just brings a certain crispness that I really love.
I just probably wouldn’t recommend putting this next to your bed to wake up and drink the next morning!
Adapted from: Food and Wine
- 1 bottle of dry, white wine
- 1 personal sized seedless watermelon
- 6 oz vodka
- 4 oz triple sec
- 4 oz citrus simple syrup*
- mint leaves for garnish
Ahead of time: take the first 1/2 of your watermelon and dice it up into little square chunks. Put into a container and freeze. These will be your ice cubes which you will use for serving the sangria. Any extra cubes you can eat as a refreshing treat! I love putting them in water.
Then, take the second 1/2 of the watermelon and chop it all up. Place the pieces into a blender or electric chopper and pulse to make juice. The juice is going to be pretty pulpy so you’ll want to strain it into your glass pitcher so you get a smoother consistency.
Add the bottle of white wine to the juice in the pitcher. I used a $10 pinot grigio. You can pretty much use whatever you like but I recommend keeping it dry vs sweet. The watermelon juice combined with citrus simple syrup adds quite enough sweetness.
Add the vodka, triple sec, and citrus syrup then mix well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving over ice cubes. Remember, with these types of drinks, the longer it chills in the fridge, the better the flavors set and the better the taste. If you can make this the day before you intend to serve, that’s ideal.
Garnish with some extra watermelon cubes and fresh mint leaves for that extra refreshing effect!
For those who alcohol isn’t their thing, you can make a fun”mocktail” out of just the watermelon juice, lemon and lime juices and mint. Just follow the same directions minus the wine, vodka, sugar and triple sec!
*Citrus Simple Syrup = equal parts water and sugar with the juice of 1/2 a lime and 1/2 lemon brought to a boil then cooled