Cool-off by the pool this summer with a delicious cocktail made from fresh watermelon. Not only are these drinks easy to make, but the entire group will love how versatile they are mixed with a variety of spirits. Serve ice-cold for best results!
Watermelon margarita popsicles
Usually a cocktail like this is a little too good to be true, but it’s so easy to make! Simply juice your watermelon, add a shot of tequila and serve with sliced lemon. You could go one step further and create the popsicles using the same method. Yum!
Mint, watermelon and St-Germain cocktail
Treat your guests to a fresh summer beverage with mint, watermelon and sweet St-Germain liqueur. Serve with lots of ice, which is perfect for the summer heat.
Frozen watermelon daiquiri
Enjoy this simple drink which features watermelon, lime, rum and a teaspoon of sugar to taste.
You have to try this traditional punch which is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet cocktail. All you need is wine, soda water, fruit and a dash of brandy.
Finish off with this tasty caipirinha with freshly squeezed watermelon juice and served ice-cold.
Images via How Sweet Eats, PopSugar Food, Sweet and Savoury by Shinee, Food & Wine, Cookie and Kate
Ever wanted to enjoy a glass (or two) of sangria without the extra guilt? This recipe is perfect if you want to hold back on the added calories without compromising on the genuine taste.
In this case we’re using white wine, but you can modify the recipe if you enjoy red wine or even a delicious rosé!
5 tsp loose leaf green tea
4 cups boiling water
1 bottle of dry white wine
3 cups assorted melon (watermelon, rockmelon and honeydew)
- Steep the tea leaves in boiling water for 1 minute, and thoroughly strain to avoid and overly bitter sangria.
- Wait for the tea to cool completely, then add wine and fruit pieces. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours, until chill.
- Since this recipe doesn’t include any artificial sugar, it’s important to note that the longer you leave the mixture in the fridge, the sweeter it will taste.
- Simply serve with some other fruits such as apple or even strawberry pieces!
Image and Recipe via Lulu Lemon
The drink is a perfect way to celebrate in the chill of winter, in front of an open fire or over dessert with friends.
1 bottle of [yellow tail] sangria
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
3 tbsp sugar
Star of anise
1 orange, thinly sliced
- Combine [yellow tail] Sangria, 1/4 cup fresh orange juice and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a medium saucepan over low heat until sugar has melted.
- Add 1 sliced orange, a cinnamon stick and star of anise and let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Serve in heat-resistant glasses.
Whether it’s made from red, white or even rosé it seems that everyone loves a little bit of sangria. Not only is this drink refreshing, but is filled with many tasty summer fruits which makes it seem good for you, right? Making your own sangria doesn’t have to be difficult – all you need is a punch bowl, some wine and add in your favourite fruits.
Red wine sangria recipe
2 (750ml) bottles of dry red wine (cabernet sauvignon or merlot are good options)
1 cup brandy
1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup orange liqueur
Handful of strawberries, hulled and halved
3 oranges, thinly sliced
3 limes, thinly sliced
4 cups fresh arugula
1 can (375ml) lemon-lime soda
- Combine the wine, brandy, sugar plus the orange liqueur into a large punch bowl.
- Keep stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved, then add the arugula. Arugula is purely optional, so if you aren’t a fan of the flavour, then skip this step.
- Then just add in the strawberries, lime, thinly sliced lemon and orange pieces to the mixture. Make sure to lightly mull the fruit, this will allow the fruits natural juices to infuse the wine.
- Cover up the punch bowl with plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge for 2-3 hours. This will allow the flavours to completely mix together, then add ice before drinking.
White wine sangria recipe
White wine sangria isn’t uncommon; however it isn’t nearly as popular as its red counterpart. A refreshing beverage which is light and tasty when mixed with sweet summer fruits.
1.5L white wine
¾ cup peach pucker
1 lemon, thinly sliced
Handful of strawberries, sliced
1 green apple
1 can (375ml) lemonade
½ cup of ice
- Firstly pour the wine and the peach pucker into a glass pitcher. Mix until they have completely combined.
- Chop up the apple (making sure to remove the core) and add it into the mixture together with the strawberries, and lemon slices.
- Look at the label of the white wine, and try to stay in the same family of fruits. In this case, not many fruits were used so you can still taste the wine in its mostly original state.
- Pour in the lemonade – this will make the sangria sweet, and will also mesh well against the fruits. Pop the pitcher into the fridge for 2-2.5hrs.
- Add half a cup of ice before stirring with a wooden spoon, then serve.
Recipes and image via Gimme Some Oven, Mac and Molly