Cocktail Friday – watermelon sangria!

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Ah, summertime and the livin’ is, well, I’ve been working too hard, but let’s just say, “EASY”!  I’m obsessed with watermelon, a fruit I did not enjoy until I was 35 and pregnant with my first angel.  But boy, did I make up for it – the gorgeous, sunset-colored flesh, the grainy, cold texture, the beautiful greens of the rind.  When it’s hitting 100 degrees here in Virginia, I love to sprinkle a slice with salt and sit on the deck with the juice literally dripping down my chin.

Tonight, now that the storms have passed through, is the perfect night for a watermelon sangria.  I garnish mine mojito-style, with lime and mint, but you can also spark up the rim with a slice of starfruit, peach or pineapple.  It’s an “anything goes” kind of recipe.  I also serve mine in Mason jars – natch, but you can use a wine glass or tumbler.  Make it your own!  Recipe adapted from Food & Wine.

Ingredients

2 pounds seedless watermelon, peeled and cubed, plus 1/2 pound if using as garnish
1 bottle dry white wine – I used Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio
6 ounces vodka – I used Ketel One
4 ounces Cointreau or other triple sec
4 ounces Simple Syrup (can be made or bought at Trader Joe’s)
Ice

Directions

  1. In a blender, puree the watermelon cubes. Pour through a fine strainer into a pitcher.
  2. Add the white wine, vodka, Cointreau and Simple Syrup. Stir and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Stir again, then pour the sangria into ice-filled glasses and garnish with the skewered watermelon balls or anything I’ve mentioned above.

Serves 8.

Photo:  Courtesy of Design Sponge

About lseccuro

As a mom, lifestyle expert, surfer and event planner, I love to discover the next uber-cool thing! Whether it's a shoe, a wine, a food, a photographer, a designer, a blog, a flower or a travel spot, you can find me trolling for it! I also like to blog about the kids and how running a household like this keeps me grounded. I love all things beautiful, but mostly Mr. F4 and the little ones, Ava and Leo. Things I love: sparkly anything, homecooked meals, snowy white sheets, holidays, photography, monograms, antique silver, reading everything I can get my hands on, Pilates, learning anything new, antiquing, gardening, collecting cookbooks and shoes, mixing slouchy sofas w/ sleek chairs, collecting china, the beach, Ruzzetti & Gow seashells, seersucker, Sharpies, Chanel lipgloss, counting my blessings. Drop me an email or a comment and I look forward to meeting you!

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