If you're like us, you probably love love love sangria. It's so pretty and summery--not to mention a great way to use up all that super-ripe fruit from the farmer's market binge last weekend. Plus, it disguises a cheap bottle of wine!
Beth's Watermelon Sangria uses a few key upscale ingredients to make this version extra fancy & popping with summer color. Makes about 16 servings, perfect for that impromptu weekend BBQ.
You'll Need: 12 C cubed watermelon, divided 1 750 mL bottle dry white wine 1 C vodka 1/2 C Benedictine 1 medium lime, quartered 1 orange, cut into wedges 1 C fresh berries--optional--we like blackberries, because the season collides nicely with our local watermelon.
Place 8 cups of watermelon cubes in a blender & blend on high until smooth. Strain juice through cheesecloth or a mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Pour the wine, vodka & Benedictine into the pitcher. If you think it needs more sweetness, you can add about half a cup of simple syrup to the mix as well. Stir to combine. Mix the remaining 3 cups of watermelon cubes, the lime quarters, orange & berries into the sangria. Chill for 4 hours before serving.
Beth likes to garnish it with some watermelon balls and a bright sprig of mint.