Even though it seems a contradiction for a sangria to be made with white wine (since sangria is named for its blood-red color), once you've tasted this festive thirst quencher it won't matter a bit! Pieces of mixed summer melons are the perfect match for a crisp Sauvignon Blanc. From 'EatingWell.com' and posted for ZWT5.
- 1 1⁄2 cups melon, pieces (mixed colorful bite-size melon pieces, such as cantaloupe, honeydew, Ogen or Charentais)
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1 (750 ml) bottlecrisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or 1 (750 ml) bottle pinot grigio wine
- 1⁄4 cup brandy
- 2 tablespoons triple sec or 2 tablespoons other orange-flavored liqueur
- 3⁄4 cup sparkling water or 3⁄4 cup club soda
- ice cube
- limes or star fruit, slices (to garnish)
- 1 small mint sprig (to garnish)
- Stir melon and sugar together in a large pitcher. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes to draw out the juices.
- Just before serving, stir wine, brandy, Triple Sec (or other orange liqueur) and sparkling water (or club soda) into the pitcher.
- Add ice cubes to 6 glasses.
- Fill the glasses with sangria, spooning some of the fruit into each glass.
- Garnish each drink with a slice of lime (or starfruit) and a sprig of mint.
- MAKE AHEAD TIP: prepare through Step 1, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Finish with Step 2 just before serving.