Watmermelon Sangria

MID-WEEK MIXERS …Recipes for fun by Naomi Blackburn
WATERMELON SANGRIA
061112 026I was surfing around somewhere, probably Pinterest, and saw a picture for Watermelon Sangria with no recipe. My mouth started watering as I love sangria, particularly on a hot summer day! So, I went exploring, but the only recipes I found were for vodka based sangrias and overpowered with watermelon, which weren’t thrilling me…AT ALL. So, as usual, I went to concocting and this is whatI came up with. We all loved this drink!
Ingredients:
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 bottle white wine (medium/sweet)
1 cup brandy
1/3 cup lime juice
4 cup watermelon chopped
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup Triple Sec
Fruits:
2 cups chopped watermelon
2 limes sliced
15 cherries
2 oranges
2 lemons
1 pint blueberries
Directions:
1) In a small sauce pan, bring sugar and water to a boil until sugar melts. This is the simple syrup. Set aside to cool.
2) In a one gallon container, pour wine, simple syrup, brandy, orange juice, Triple Sec
3) In a blender, blend 4 cups watermelon and lime juice. Pour into one gallon container.
4) Add the chopped fruit to the gallon container.
5) Place in refrigerator for 4-6 hours.
6) Serve over ice and with lots of the fruit. Along with a straw, I give a spoon to eat the fruit which has soaked up the drink!
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Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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