Watermelon Sangria

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Try this juicy, refreshing sangria made right inside the watermelon!  Perfect for a summer party, this sangria recipe highlights the freshness of watermelon in it's prime, and makes a great centerpiece.  White wine and lime add the zing to this sweet, tasty drink.  Plus making it is so fun, you'll be asking for a reason to make some more!  You'll need a stick blender if you want to be super popular and serve it in the watermelon.  Otherwise, you can cube the watermelon and use a blender to serve it in a pitcher.

Ingredients:
  • One small (or supersize it and double the recipe!) seedless watermelon
  • 1 1/2 cups dry or zesty white wine 
  • 1 ounce rum
  • 2 ounces orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup soda water or seltzer (you could use tonic and skip the simple syrup!)


Directions:
  • If your melon is wobbly, try slicing off a very thin layer from one end so it will stand upright.  Place melon in a bowl to prevent tipping and spillage.  Yeah, I learned that the hard way (see picture 3).
  • Cut a small hole in the top of your watermelon, large enough to accomodate your stick blender.
  • Blend the watermelon into juice while scraping down the sides of the watermelon with the stick blender.  This is definitely the funnest part and potentially the messiest.
  • Remove 2 cups of liquid from the melon (serve this to the non-drinkers in your party, or give my Watermelon Mint Julep recipe a try!)
  • Add the wine, rum, orange liqueur, simple syrup and juice from one lime.  
  • Stir gently.
  • Place the lid back on the watermelon and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  • Serve over ice and top with soda water.  A fresh sprig of mint or slice of lime makes the perfect garnish.

Enjoy! 

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Dark Bottle

5 years ago

Oh, damn that look delicious

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adamjoe86

6 years ago on Introduction

And for an even more impressive display, you could turn the watermelon into a keg by adding a tap on its side (https://www.instructables.com/id/Tap-a-Watermelon-or-How-to-Make-a-Watermelon-Keg/).

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waterbaby

6 years ago on Introduction

Seems to me you don't really need a stick blender to serve this from the watermelon -- just use a regular blender, pour the results back into the shell, and continue with the delicious recipe and instructions!

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MaryT8M

6 years ago on Introduction

This reminds me of the days when we "injected" vodka into a watermelon, let it sit for a while then sliced, and ate........mmmmmmm

Actually using the stick blender IN the watermelon is a great idea! I WILL be trying this for the 4th of July!