Happy Fourth of July! It’s so nice that it falls on a Friday this year — I really need a long weekend! I considered making another red, white and blue cocktail for this week’s Friday Night Delights, but I decided to focus on something else that’s very July 4 to me: watermelon! At every summer gathering in my memory, there’s been a platter of sweet, succulent slices of watermelon. The Fourth of July just wouldn’t be the same without it.
In case you feel the same way I do about watermelon, here’s a recipe for a boozy watermelon sangria. It only has a few ingredients, but you can dress it up with other fruits if you choose! Blueberries, strawberries, citrus slices and basil would all be great additions to this light and refreshing cocktail. And if you’re looking for something a little more patriotic, try making a Blueberry Rum Smash or a Red, White and Blue Mojito. For a savory option, the Michelada is another summer favorite of mine! You can’t go wrong. Enjoy! // susannah
Click below to see the recipe for Citrus Watermelon Sangria!
- 4 cups watermelon balls (made with a melon baller) or 2-inch cubes, chilled or frozen for 30 minutes)
- 1/2 cup Cointreau or triple sec
- 1 lemon, sliced thinly (substitute or add lime or orange)
- 4 to 6 sprigs mint (optional)
- 1 (750-milliliter bottle) white wine, such as moscato or chardonnay, chilled
- 3 cups club soda, chilled
- Place watermelon balls/cubes in the bottom of a pitcher. (Make sure they're cold — room temperature watermelon makes for mushy sangria.)
- Add lemon slices, Cointreau, wine and club soda. Stir with a wooden spoon.
- Pour sangria into ice-filled glasses. Top off each glass with a few melon balls and a slice of lemon.