Jul 22, 2011

Friday Drinks...Watermelon Lime Sangria!

4 cups seedless watermellon, cut in 1-inch cubes

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 pint strawberries, halved

1/2 cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier

9 limes

2 bottles Rosé wine

To make watermelon ice cubes, start as early as the evening before. Spread your watermelon cubes on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. They should be well spaced out. Wrap the pan tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until the cubes are thoroughly ice-like, 3-4 hours. Meanwhile, chill the wine and macerate the strawberries: Pour the sugar and water into a small saucepan and dissolve over low heat until the syrup is crystal clear and no sugar granules remain. Cool to room temperature. Put the strawberries in the bottom of a large pitcher, pour in the orange liqueur and cooled syrup and leave to macerate at least 30 minutes.

Juice 8 of the limes, and very thinly slice the other one, discarding the ends. When ready to serve, add the watermelon cubes and lime slices to the pitcher. Pour in the lime juice and chilled wine and stir to combine. Serve in wide glasses with chunks of fruit in each, ice cold on a hot summer day.

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