Remember last year on the 4th when you mixed beer with wine and then got talked into (like it was a hard sell) drinking gin and tonnies– by 7 p.m. you had a flag in your hand and were dancing around like Edie Beale? Yeah well, for all of our sakes— try NOT to do that this year.
When it is a hot drinkin’ holiday you have to pace yourself. Sangria is a wonderful wine based drink that can be a light or as boozy as you would like. A typical sangria is made with wine, fruit juice or sugar, fruit and some sort of brandy, but we are not typical are we?
All three of these drinks were made with a jug of Chablis (when in jug form it’s pronounced cha-bliss), a white wine, so they could work with the red, white and blue theme that generally is associated with the 4th of July. Moscato also makes a great base for a white sangria as it has a high sugar content.
You could easily make one base for all three of these cocktails and add a different fruit juice to each. Use blue Curaçao in your blue cocktail if you happen to have it, if not, use Triple Sec and a couple drops of blue food color, as that is what gives Curaçao its blue color (not blue oranges, duh). Triple sec is cheaper and tastes much better.
Here is how you mix up my cocktails ’tis of thee:
- Pure watermelon juice from Elite Natural or Dole Sensation Watermelon (not natural, but half the price)
- Vodka (for a stronger version)
- Blueberries or muddled watermelon and torn basil (you will think you died and went to heaven)
- Mix two parts chablis to one part watermelon juice, then add ice and fruit. If you’re not looking to get crocked in 15 minutes, stop here. Drink and enjoy. If you are looking for more of a cocktail-like version, add one shot of vodka per two drink — this won’t take away from the clean watermelon taste. Add a touch of seltzer for hint of fizz. This is my new fav summer drink. So simple and so good.
- Triple sec
Light melon, such as cantaloupe, cut into star shapes and strawberries (I could not find starfruit at this time of year.)
Mix one part of Chablis to one part lemonade to 1/2 part triple sec. Add ice , fruit and a bit of seltzer to break up the Triple Sec. I added a bit of Knudsen’s Just Blueberry juice and blue food coloring for a nice deep blue color.
- Triple sec
- Limeade or Monin Habanero Lime Syrup
Mix two parts Chablis to one part limeade, or 1/2 part syrup, 1/2 part triple sec and rum. Add fruit and ice.
You don’t have to use perfect measurements or exact ingredients on any of these. Mix a little, taste a little, taste, mix—dance a little—and stop. Half the fun is trying new things.
Pure Watermelon Juice from Elite Natural available at Fairway– $8 (I found it outside under the fruit.)
Dole Sensation Watermelon available at Stop and Shop, ACME, and larger A & P stores
Monin Habanero Lime Syrup available at Total Wine in West Orange
So what should we call these Yankee-Doodle-Dandies?