We recently hosted a get-together on a blistering hot summer night. Although we could have just served bubbly & wine, I wanted something fun & refreshing that signified summer. This Watermelon Cucumber Mint White Wine Sangria hit the spot, without being too-sickly-sweet that I sometimes find white wine sangrias to be. Since we had an expectant mother-to-be amongst our guests, we also created a nonalcoholic option for her, also served in nice glasses with a fun straw, that made her feel like she wasn’t missing out whatsoever. With watermelons currently being in full season, I’ll definitely be mixing up this concoction again and again, soaking up the very last of summer! Scroll down for the recipe.
-1 cup freshly squeezed watermelon juice (press watermelon pieces through a fine mesh sieve & collect juice)
-2 cups watermelon chunks (seeds removed, cut into 1″ cubes)
-1 cucumber, thinly sliced
-2 limes, thinly sliced
-fresh mint (about 20 leaves)
-1/2 cup lime juice
-1 tbsp honey
-1 bottle semi-dry white wine (like a Sauvignon Blanc), chilled
-1 L sparkling water, chilled
- Put half of watermelon cubes in the freezer, and allow to chill for atleast an hour (or overnight) until ready to serve sangria.
- Place the rest of the watermelon cubes, cucumber slices, lime slices, and the mint leaves in a large drinks pitcher.
- In a small bowl mix together lime juice and honey until combined; pour into pitcher, along with the watermelon juice.
- Add wine, stirring gently. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
- When ready to serve, top up with sparkling water, and stir.
- To serve, add 2-4 watermelon ice cubes into each glass. Ladle or pour sangria into glasses. If desired, garnish with additional mint.
*For a nonaloholic version: Follow steps 1 through 4. Omit the white wine. Add an additional 1/4 cup lime juice, 1 tbsp honey, and 1/2 cup watermelon juice, and a dash of bitters (optional). Top up with 1/5 L total of sparkling water. To serve, follow step 6.