It’s starting to feel like that period of summer when you still have plenty of time left, but you can also sense the hint of an end starting to rear its ugly head. Especially for those with kids…I’ve heard some of my parental friends say their kids are starting school as soon as a couple weeks from now! When did summers get so short?
It’s time to eke out every last moment of summer and outdoor entertaining that you can, and this summertime sangria recipe will help you do just that. It’s packed full of all your favorite summer time fruits and fresh mint…a perfectly refreshing summer beverage.
Summer Fruit Sangria
- 1 pint strawberries
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- juice of 1 lemon
- 12 watermelon balls
- 12 cantaloupe balls
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 bottles sauvignon blanc
- large handful of mint leaves, roughly torn
- soda water (for topping off)
- Start by making a strawberry syrup. Cut of the tops of the strawberries, and quarter them. Set half aside. Add the other half to a saucepan with the water, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to a light boil, just until the sugar is completely dissolved, and remove form heat. Add the mixture to a blender and blend until completely smooth (hold the lid firmly down while blending). Pour through a strainer to remove the seeds. Allow to cool.
- Once the strawberry syrup is cool, combine it with the remaining strawberries, melon balls, blueberries, mint and wine in a large pitcher. Mix thoroughly.
- Serve the sangria over ice, scooping several fruit chunks into the glass, and top with about half an inch of soda water.