Pour your libations to the Gods of Summer this labor day with a feisty red wine cooler.
Watermelon Wine Cooler
by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
It’s Friday! And what a busy beginning to September this week has been!
I hope everyone has something nice planned for the Labor Day Weekend holiday, as we (unofficially) usher summer out of the door. Here at Palatable Pastime, we have been eating high on the hog with tons and tons of grilling recipes. Have you seen these from earlier this week?
Oh. Wait a minute. I don’t see any pork there. How can it be high on the hog?
Well, usually when I grill and bbq, it is pork. It’s hard not to put pork and barbecue in the same sentence! But sometimes there are odd pileups in my kitchen so more or less of any given food at any time might be encountered, not that I cook the same thing all the time. I really do enjoy quite a variety. But, if you do want to see some of my famous to-die-for pork bbq, I can set you up. Check these out!
Fig-Glazed Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Jamaican Jerked Ribs (Baby Backs!)
So as you can see, I do quite a lot of grilling around here, and with a great variety of foods if you check my archives.
Grilling and Barbecue Recipes
But I imagine this kind of good eating would build up a wild thirst in anyone. So if you are planning on entertaining over the holiday, especially with a cookout, a wine cooler might be the perfect beverage for your adult guests who imbibe. They are naturally lower in alcohol since the wine is cut with something else.
And in this case, that something else happens to be watermelon, perhaps the greatest summer fruit that ever was. And while you can still get these big bombs of fruit at the market, they will make a naturally summery and fruity component to your beverage lineup.
It uses watermelon juice, which all you have to do to prepare is to remove the seeds from your melon, puree the fruit in a blender or food processor, and place the puree in a strainer and let the juice drip away. If you have solids leftover, don’t throw those away. They can be repurposed in a very interesting way using my watermelon butter recipe.
Watermelon Wine Cooler
For one serving:
- 2 ounces watermelon juice
- 2 ounces White Moscato wine or other sweet white wine
- 1/2 tsp. superfine sugar
For 8 servings (one quart):
- 16 ounces white moscato wine
- 2 cups watermelon juice
- 4 teaspoons superfine sugar
- Stir ingredients together and serve over ice, if desired.
From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
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