There is nothing better than a cold, refreshing, fruity sangria drink to enjoy with your friends outside on a hot summer evening. Right?
Since Paul and I just moved into our new house, which has a pretty awesome back yard equipped with a fire pit, we couldn’t wait to have some friends over. I whipped up a batch of this refreshing drink in the morning and in the evening Paul set the fire pit ablaze. The sangria and fire were the perfect combo.
The cantaloupe sangria is perfectly sweet, fruity, slightly minty, and oh, so refreshing. I must warn you, it is a little dangerous. The juices from the cantaloupe sweeten up the wine and vodka and help it to mellow out just enough that the drink becomes delicious without much of a trace of what is really inside. So, drink with caution.
Next time you need a cooling adult beverage to serve to your friends make this Cantaloupe Sangria. Your friends will be impressed.
- 2 bottles dry white wine (I used Pinot Grigio)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ cup vodka
- 1 cup mint leaves, washed and dried
- 1 whole medium-sized cantaloupe, cut into cubes, or use a melon baller
- 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
- 1 cup green grapes washed, dried, and frozen (optional)
- Pour about a ½ cup white wine into a pitcher. Add the honey and use a wooden spoon to stir until the honey has been combined. Add most of the mint leaves and muddle them with the back of your wooden spoon.
- Add the remaining wine and the vodka. Stir to combine.
- Add the lemon and most of the cantaloupe and stir to combine.
- Place in the refrigerator overnight or for 6 to 8 hours.
- Serve cold and garnish with remaining melon balls and mint leaves. Place a few frozen grapes into the sangria to help keep it cold without watering the sangria down.