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    Wonderful memories are often created at gatherings of friends, both old and new, as they chat, laugh and unwind on the back deck; lanterns, candles and stars lighting the hot summer night. An invitation to such a party is really the perfect opportunity to delight other guests with an innovative cocktail, that is so indicative of the season, they won’t soon forget the evening they tasted their first Watermelon-Mojito Sangria.  I was recently inspired to create this refreshing, summery beverage to bring to a good friend's back yard party.
   This year, my love for a traditional sangria has been matched by the fashionable watermelon mojito, so much so that I couldn't make up my mind which to make a pitcher of.  They are both light, fruity and easy-drinking - I can't believe I hadn't thought of combining both drinks sooner!  Watermelon, lime and mint married with a crisp white wine, rum, watermelon flavoured vodka and soda water is the recipe for relaxation and friendly banter.
    Please share and enjoy my Watermelon-Mojito Sangria recipe with your friends.  I'd love to hear about the new memories you're making together this summer in the comment section below.

To good friends!

Watermelon-Mojito Sangria

750 ml Bottle of White Wine – Pinot Grigio or Riesling work well
4 oz Watermelon Flavoured Vodka
2 oz White Rum
2 oz Spiced Rum – I like to use Sailor Jerry; as well as spice, it’s deliciously vanilla flavoured.
3 oz Simple Syrup – This is made by simmering 1 cup of White Sugar with 1 cup of Water until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove the syrup from the heat and let cool before use.
1/8 tsp. Peppermint Extract
3 C Watermelon Juice
4 Sprigs of Fresh Mint
1 Lime - sliced into rounds 
1 C Watermelon – cut into bite-size pieces 
2 C Club Soda
Ice

In a large pitcher, combine and stir together all ingredients with the exclusion of the Club Soda and Ice.  Let mixture steep, covered in the fridge, between 2 – 12 hours.  When ready to serve, add desired amount of ice to pitcher and top up with Club Soda for a refreshing fizz. 

PS - The glass pictured above can be purchased as part of our Rustic Wine Collection!


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