First Sangria of the season

May 25, 2009

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8bon-bon2008We have all fallen in love with the Bon Bon Shiraz Rose.  It’s a beautiful wine to enjoy on it’s own, but to celebrate the kickoff of summer, I concocted this fresh and fruity recipe for my Memorial Day BBQ.

Give it a try and let us know how you liked it.  And keep yours eyes open for more sangria recipes as the summer goes on.

Strawberry – Watermelon Sangria

1 cup ripe strawberries, hulled
2 cups watermelon (no seeds!), cut into small cubes
1 -2 limes, thinly sliced
1-3 tablespoons sugar (just enough to macerate the strawberries)
1/4 cup Cointreau
750 ml bottle Bon Bon Shiraz Rose wine, chilled
3 cups lemonade (I like Newman’s Own, and their limeade works, too for a more tart effect), chilled

Slice strawberries  and place into a serving pitcher with the watermelon and lime. Sprinkle sugar over the top and let sit until the fruit gives up a bit of juice, then add liqueur. Leave at room temperature for 1 hour (or prepare the night before and keep in the fridge). Stir in wine and lemonade. Serve in a goblet with a straberry garnish and enjoy!

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