I opened a bottle of white wine because I needed a 1/2 cup for a recipe. I also had a lot of different berries and fruit in the house, so I used the remainder of the bottle to make sangria. It has strawberries, blueberries, mulberries, figs, oranges and lemons inside. I also added some vanilla simple syrup to it. When I poured the glasses, I added about 1/3 club soda to make it a fizzy sangria. It's so good, I can't stop drinking it ;).
I discovered this drink last summer, purely by accident. I had a very watery watermelon that I cut into chunks and put into a bowl. When I took it out of the fridge a few hours later, it was 2/3 full with watermelon juice. So I strained the juice into a cup, thew in some watermelon chunks and a few mint sprigs - and added vodka and ice. A friend came by and between the two of us, we must have knocked down at least 3 tall glasses of this cocktail each.
Well, I saw some small watermelons at the Farmer's Market this morning and bought one. When I came home, I was thinking about how lovely this drink would be with gin. So I poured some Bombay gin into the bottom of my glass, added the ice, watermelon chunks, mint sprigs and watermelon juice.
I was right. It's incredible.
1 1/2 thumbs Bombay Gin
1/2 cup watermelon juice
1 mint sprig (approximately 6 leaves)
1/2 cup watermelon chunks
Ice (to taste)
Mix in a 12 ounce glass and serve cold.
This drink is so incredible when it's made fresh! I like to mix up a batch of 2 or 4 at a time (depending upon the number of guests I have). It's a perfect summertime drink. I'll use either Maker's Mark, Jefferson's Reserve or other higher quality whiskey because it makes the difference.
Combine ingredients in a martini shaker over ice. Shake well and pour. I like to serve it with a mint leaf and a "drunken cherry."
I'm a home cook with a lifelong passion for learning, exploring and experimenting in my kitchen. You can find me at @Debs1 on Twitter and @Debs121212 on Instagram.
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