Simple {Strawberry Watermelon Sparkling Sangria}

I don't know if it's from turning 30 (a few years ago, lol), or having a baby, or trying to juggle being an accountant, food blogger, and mom, but one thing is for sure... I don't have a great short-term memory anymore. Whether it's talking about stopping to get the mail at the top of the driveway and forgetting by the time I'm speeding past the mailbox, or making a batch of hummingbird juice and cooling it quickly in the freezer only to forget it completely and have it turn into a solid block of ice, or having a list of 6 things to get at the grocery store and forgetting 2, or making a simple syrup for sangria and forgetting to put it in altogether...I'm losing it people (and I make a lot of trips to the grocery store)!!

strawberry sangria

Introducing Strawberry Watermelon Sparkling Sangria:

So that sangria example, yeaaaaaaaaah. That happened...with this recipe. And you know what? Maybe it was a blessing in disguise because I really didn't notice or miss all that extra added sugar...AT ALL! So it's totally up to you if you want to include it or not.

This sangria gets its sweetness naturally from perfectly ripened organic strawberries, juicy watermelon, and sweet bubbling white wine. In my peach sangria recipe, I use white wine plus sparkling water. This time I just used one product that combined the wine and the bubbles! #simplifying

Speaking of strawberries, aren't these just gorgeous?! And organic ones really are sweeter, I promise.

This sparkling sangria is perfect for your next summer party or bbq! It's easy to make and soooo good. 

Do you remember that veggie garden I started a month or so ago? Here's a pic of Babycakes watering it after we planted everything. Well, Colorado weather is crazy and almost immediately after this photo was taken, a storm came and dumped 15 inches of snow! We wrapped the garden in bubble wrap (not kidding!) to create a makeshift greenhouse and hoped for the best. And...

A few things lived though all that snow!! And this weekend I got to enjoy my first harvest...mixed greens (spinach, red leaf lettuce, and beet greens). This salad was fabulous, and I look forward to many more!

Strawberry Watermelon Sparkling Sangria

Description

Strawberry Watermelon Sparkling Sangria -- the perfect summer party drink! // via Nosh and Nourish

Ingredients

1 cup
Vodka (I used Grey Goose)
1 tablespoon
Key Lime Juice (I used Nellie & Joe's)
1 cup
chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup
chopped watermelon
1 cup
watermelon juice (strained through a strainer)
1  
bottle Yellowtail Bubbles Sparkling White Wine
1⁄2 cup
Water (optional)
1⁄2 cup
white sugar (optional)
1 cup
finely diced strawberries (optional)

Instructions

  1. (optional) - make a simple syrup with 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1 cup finely diced strawberries. Heat over the stove-top on medium until sugar is melted and sauce starts thickening, approximately 5 minutes. Stir continuously so it doesn't burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat and let cool completely before adding into the sangria. This will increase the overall sweetness of the sangria, but I'm listing as optional because it was plenty sweet for me without it. 
  2. Combine vodka, key lime juice, chopped strawberries and chopped watermelon in a large measuring cup. Let sit for approximately 1 hour.
  3. Use a large strainer to press the watermelon through, so that only the juice is used not the thick watermelon pulp. 
  4. Add everything together in a large pitcher. 
  5. Serve immediately.

Yields 64 Ounces