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How do you eat your watermelon? There are two ways that my family eats watermelon; 1. chopped up and topped with salt and lemon and 2. blended with ice and sugar. The blended drinks will always remind me of my grandpa. He always made the best drinks, with just the right amount of sugar.
I have not always been a wine drinker, in fact for a while I didn't drink much at all outside of the occasional glass at a party. But lately I have really enjoyed the relaxation that goes along with a glass of wine. So with Summer quickly approaching I decided to combine my two favorite Summer time treats wine and watermelon and came up with Watermelon Vino Fresca. Kinda like an agua fresca, but with wine.
What I liked most about this refreshing drink is that the flavors are not overwhelming. This is not a fruity drink, because Watermelon is not a super sweet fruit. And when I paired it with a sweet wine like Sutter Home Moscato, there was a good balance. I also liked the different elements, as you take a drink, you first taste the sugar on the rim, then the watermelon and last the wine comes through at the very end.
My first step was to chop the watermelon. I find chopping watermelon to be really relaxing, maybe because I have a refreshing snack to look forward to, I don't know. But I could chop watermelons all day long!
The next step is to take a piece of watermelon and rub it along the rim of the wine glass. Once the rim is wet, you can dip the glass into a plate of sugar. Note: Make sure to cut a few pieces of watermelon into tiny little slices like I did above, because garnishes make everything better.
Next, add about 2 cups of ice to the blender and top with the chopped watermelon.
Last, add the Sutter Home Moscato wine and blend. Pour into your sugar rimmed glass, top with your watermelon garnish and ENJOY!
I remember my Mom buying Sutter Home Wine when I was young, it has a familiar tradition attached to it. And rightfully so, Sutter Home has been around for 65 years as an award winning California wine that's affordable and reliable, since you can find at almost any retailer.
Ah, there is nothing better to cool you off than a little sandia and vino on a warm Summer evening. I hope you enjoy my Watermelon Vino Fresca recipe. If you try it, I'd love to hear your thoughts by leaving me a comment below.