As I recently wrote, we had a very quiet Fourth of July celebration with just the two of us. We had been gone for most of the week prior and so most of the holiday was spent working in the yard and tackling what seemed to be like a pasture of uncut hay. (Seriously, the lawn seemed like it was three feet high. And the weeds? I won’t even go there).
We finished late in the afternoon (read “after a sun stroke or two”) and we escaped to the covered patio to start the evening’s relaxation.
I had already prepped dinner. (See the previous post for a delicious Marinated Flank Steak.)
I had also already prepped the beverage: Watermelon Wine Spritzer. I had spotted this recipe in the local paper on July 3 and I knew I needed to make it for our Fourth festivities. I adapted the recipe slightly. For the original recipe, click here.
Watermelon Wine Spritzer with Fruit
Based on a Clos du Bois winery recipe
2 c. seedless watermelon (cut in chunks)
2 T. sweet and sour mix
1 c. fresh blueberries
1 c. fresh sweet cherries, pitted
1 c. fresh pineapple, cut in chunks
1 (750 ml) bottle cheap chardonnay
club soda, chilled
Combine watermelon chunks and sweet and sour mix in a blender and process until smooth. Pour pureed mixture into a 2 quart pitcher or jug. Add fruit and wine. Refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving.
Before serving, stir the watermelon-wine. Using a slotted spoon, add some of the fruit to serving glasses. Fill glasses about 3/4 full with wine mixture. Top off with club soda. (You may also serve this on the rocks.)
If you were wondering what the creature is to the left of the first picture, he is one of my Picc-a-Dilly Gargoyles.
One of the Picc-a-Dillies is picking his nose, one is picking his ear….I will let you figure out what this Picc-a-Dilly is picking. 🙂