This summer’s scorching temperatures have made going outside nearly unbearable. Weeks of 90-degree temps are wearing us out, but this little refreshing cocktail can help you beat those heat wave woes.
We’ve whipped up a few summertime cocktails here in the Brio Smart Life Kitchen, and this one is for all you wine lovers out there. Sangria is a great cocktail choice for needed refreshment on these hot summer days and nights. Watermelon is also the iconic staple fruit of a good old American summer. So why not do both?
White wine is the only wine I can drink [in very small amounts] because I’m allergic to sulfites. They give me beyond nasty headaches, especially red wine. So for this cocktail, I deferred to the knowledge of our resident Master of the Winery, Bill for his take on which white wine would work for our sangria.
via Giphy // Bill has wine in his veins, so he gets to pick all of our wines
Moscato is an Italian white wine that is sweet, that has a slight fizz, but is low in alcohol. It works perfectly in this watermelon sangria recipe for it’s added sweetness. Which is why we say the simple syrup or raw honey in this recipe is optional. Based on your sweetness requirements, it might not be needed at all.
Now the choice is up to you if you want to use a Californian or Italian Moscato. Either will do nicely. As for the flavored vodka, I’m partial to Three Olives Watermelon flavored vodka but use your favorite. This sangria recipe is Party Sized, meaning you are going to need a pitcher. It makes multiple servings based on how tall your glasses are.
For the garnish, press a small star-shaped cookie cutter into a piece of watermelon [feel free to use any cutter shape you like, though]. Try to stay away from the rind as much as possible. It can be tart. Pop out the cutout and place it on a bamboo skewer. Place skewers on a paper plate or in a small container in the fridge for later.
Now let’s show you how to make these Watermelon Moscato Sangria cocktails.
Watermelon Sangria: Blend cubed watermelon on high until well pureed. Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheese cloth into a pitcher. Be sure to squeeze the cheese cloth to get out as much watermelon juice as possible. Discard the pulp.
Add Moscato, watermelon vodka, and soda to the pitcher and stir together. Adjust sweetness as needed by adding in Simple Syrup or Raw Honey 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring in between to combine. Add ice, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Remove pitcher from the fridge. Stir watermelon sangria a few times to recombine [separation is normal the longer you leave it in the fridge]. Pour over ice into fluted glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a skewer of watermelon.
1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 122 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 188 Carbohydrates (g) 17.64 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.47 Total Sugars (g) 13.7 Protein (g) 1.66 Sodium (mg) 1.76