August 15, 2012

Sangria - a refreshing way to drink fruit


Sandeman, the world’s leading port and sherry company, is celebrating  warmer days and sunny skies with sangrias. It's a great drink for summer days so I picked two ways to prepare it and I am sharing it with you!


Watermelon and Strawberries Mint Sangria
Ingredients
1 bottle of Sandeman Porto wine
12 oz lemon-lime soda
1/4 watermelon, muddled and strained for juice
20 mint leaves
10-15 strawberries, halved
How to prepare it?
Slice strawberries in half and set aside. Slice watermelon, strain for juice. 
Mix Porto Wine, lemon-lime soda and watermelon juice in pitcher. 
Add strawberries and let sit for 8-12 hours (or overnight). 
Muddle mint leaves and add to pitcher before serving.


Sweet and Salty Watermelon Sangria
Yield: Makes 1 large pitcher, about 12 cocktails
Ingredients:
6 cups cubed seedless watermelon, divided
2 cucumbers, peeled, divided

½ cup simple syrup
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 750-ml bottle Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
12 ounces club soda
lime wedges
rimming salt or kosher salt
ice

How ro prepare it:
Combine 5 cups watermelon and 1 ½ cucumbers in a blender and puree until smooth. Strain into a large pitcher. Dice remaining cup of watermelon cubes. Seed and dice remaining cucumber half, then add watermelon and cucumber cubes to the pitcher. Add simple syrup, lime juice, and Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto, stir well, and chill.
To serve, add club soda to the pitcher. Run a lime wedge around the rim each glass and dip in rimming salt. Fill each glass with chilled sangria over ice and serve.

For more ideas, check Sandeman's Page on Facebook!

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