Happy Father’s Day to all you daddies out there!  For my family, we are all getting together this afternoon, the kiddos get to play and swim, and we adults get to catch up and spend time together.  For my part, I get to bring the giant pitcher of Watermelon Sangria!  It’s soooo delicious and refreshing, perfect summer cocktail!

Watermelon Sangria!

 

Book Savvy Babe’s Watermelon Sangria Recipe

  • •3-4 cups seedless watermelon, puréed and strained
  • 4-6 cups watermelon cubed
  • .75 – 1 bottle dry white wine (I use Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio; I look for a dry white with hints of fruit or citrus)
  • .75 – 1 bottle sparkling muscato
  • 1 cup watermelon vodka
  • juice of 1-2 fresh limes
  • 2-3 limes sliced
  • *optional* gingerale
  • *optional* blueberries
  • *optional* orange slices
  • *optional* strawberries
  • *optional* apple cubes, no skin

*Proportions remain the same, but quantities go up depending on how many people, or how large a batch you are making.*

Instructions:

Cube large seedless watermelon into small pieces.  In blender, puree a few cups of watermelon and strain juice into a large pitcher.  Add rest of cubed watermelon to the pitcher.  Add in 1 bottle of dry white wine, 1 bottle of sparkling muscato, and 1 cup of watermelon vodka.  Squeeze juice of 1-2 limes into mix.  Slice limes, and oranges if desired, and add to pitcher.  Blueberries are a nice touch, also optional.  Give the pitcher a stir,  refrigerate, and let sit for at least 30 minutes.  Enjoy!

Notes: 

My recipe is not always exact, I make it to taste pretty much every time.  When it comes to the recipe, I have used watermelon Rum instead of watermelon vodka before, still tasted awesome, but it was a little sweeter than the vodka.  You can use more or less vodka to taste.  Be careful though, these sangrias are stronger than they taste!

Note on the watermelon puree, it is much easier to make than it may sound.  Watermelon is mostly water and blends to liquid very quick.  I have been making extra puree to use in other things (mimosa).  Also, I lightly sweeten the puree with sugar to help cut the acidity of the fruit and the watermelon vodka.  It has made a big difference in the taste. A good one.

If you do not want any added sugar, make sure to buy a really sweet muscato.  If you can’t find a sweet muscato sparkling, use a regular muscato and add more gingerale or sprite for the bubbly kick.  

The basic fruits for this recipe are watermelon and lime.  Other than those, you can pretty much add in whatever you have on hand (strawberries, blueberries, apples-peeled and diced, oranges, etc) 

Added Bonus Recipe!

sangria.14Watermelon-Orange Sangria After I made the big pitcher this morning of Watermelon Sangria, I had just a little watermelon puree left over and a little sparkling muscato as well.  So, I decided to make myself a mimosa! Ingredients

  • Sparkling wine
  • Couple tablespoons Orange Juice (depending on taste)
  • Couple tablespoons of watermelon puree (depending on taste)
  • OPTIONAL: I had a few extra blueberries and watermelon pieces.  I added the to the glass

Combine liquid ingredients to taste.  Add in a few blueberries (optional) and watermelon pieces (2-3 of each) Enjoy! Well, I’m off to sunscreen up my kids and head off to the Father’s Day party.  Have a great day everyone! bsb