Hello and welcome! Happy Fourth of July! I am pausing Sunday Supper today for the Fourth of July holiday. Instead, I have a quick and easy Watermelon White Wine Spritz. This wine cocktail is easy to scale up for a group; it’s so versatile; you can make up a batch in a drink dispenser; or you can prep individual servings in Mason jars. Let’s do it!
I like this quick wine cocktail for a few reasons: 1) it’s low on the alcohol content, yet feels like a refreshing fancy cocktail; 2) it’s super easy and aside from adding the soda, you can make it all way ahead and let it hang out in the fridge; 3) and the best part, you can pre-pour the drinks in Mason jars, screw on the lids and put them in the drink tub of ice with the beer, soda, water, etcetera. You can have the cans of soda, ice and garnishes on the side for your guests to finish off the cocktail just how they like it – set it up like a Bloody Mary bar.
Start with about 1-1.5 cups of watermelon. I just used a rounded measuring spoon to scoop the watermelon into the pitcher. It’s best to use seedless watermelon, but the seeds aren’t a deal breaker because I am going to strain the wine cocktail into the mason jars. If you’re making this in a drink dispenser, it’s best to use seedless watermelon. Otherwise we have blueberries (mostly for color), lemon and lime slices.
You can use your favorite type of white wine or rosé. The watermelon and the citrus will lightly flavor the wine.
Add everything but the soda to the pitcher, give it a stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before straining into Mason jars for individual servings. If you’re not going that route, it can hang out in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. If you want to serve the Watermelon White Wine Spritz in a drink dispenser, just pour the contents into the dispenser. Or if your dispenser fits in the fridge, just make the drink in that from the get go.
When you’re ready to prepare the individual servings, use a small fine mesh strainer to strain the Watermelon White Wine into Mason jars. Only fill the jars about halfway; saving room for ice and the soda top off. For the soda, we have a lemon flavored soda, you can use lime or lemon/lime too.
Add a few garnishes like a lime and/or a lemon wheel, a mint sprig and a few blueberries. Top with lemon soda, add a straw and that’s it!
Light, refreshing and low ABV, this Watermelon White Wine Spritz is colorful and easy to toss together. With multiple ways to serve it, it takes the bartending work off your shoulders and lets your guests help themselves to create their perfect summer fruit wine spritz. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday, take care and be well. xo Kelly
Remember, Djalali Cooks will be off tomorrow for the holiday, see you again Wednesday!
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Watermelon White Wine Spritz
Light and refreshing, with low alcohol by volume, this Watermelon White Wine Spritz is colorful and easy to make for a festive holiday drink.
- 1-1.5 cups Seedless Watermelon, cubed or scooped from the melon
- 1 bottle White Wine of Rosé
- 1 Lemon, sliced into wheels, half for the wine mix, half for garnish
- 1 Lime, sliced into wheels, half for the wine mix, half for garnish
- 1/2-1 cup Fresh Blueberries, plus more for garnish
- Mint Sprigs, for garnish
Add everything but the soda to the pitcher, give it a stir. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
If prepping individual servings: use a fine mesh strainer to strain into Mason jars. Or serve in a drink dispenser. If serving straight from a pitcher, use a pitcher with a strainer in the lid.
For serving: place fresh ice, cans of lemon soda, extra lemon and lime wheels, blueberries and mint sprigs out for guests to assemble their spritz.