Did you know Aug. 3 is National Watermelon Day? Mix up this refreshingly sweet watermelon mint sangria to celebrate the day or for your next summer soirée!
- 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
- ½ cup white granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- 4 cups cubed ripe seedless watermelon, plus 1 cup
- watermelon shaped into balls using a melon baller
- 1 ½ cups dry white wine
- 2 ounces cointreau
- 2 limes
- Pinch of salt
In a small saucepan, add the chopped mint, sugar and water; bring mixture to a boil, until sugar is completely dissolved, about 3-4 minutes. Pour through a sieve, catching the mint leaves. Set aside.
Add the watermelon cubes to a blender and pulse until pureed. Using a sieve, strain the watermelon into a large pitcher. Add the minted simple syrup, white wine, cointreau, pinch of salt and juice from 2 limes. Mix and transfer to the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
To prepare garnish, place watermelon balls and mint on individual skewers. Add ice to the glasses and pour sangria into each one. Serve immediately.
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