“It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring…” I’ve had that damn song stuck in my head ALL DAY LONG and the only song I can think of to replace it with is It’s a Small World. Say it with me: UGH.
The reason for the song is that it actually is raining here in sunny California. And what do I have for you today? Summer cocktails and boozy sorbet! Rain, schmain.
As I’m sure you know by now, it’s always cocktail time in my book, but this cocktail came about because I hate to pour wine out, even if it’s not a 90-plus point award winner. And after our at-home wine tasting this weekend, we had several bottles of various cabs open that didn’t quite bowl us over. Nothing a little repurposing couldn’t help…
This sangria is easy to sip and makes a perfect afternoon refresher. And it’s a great way to use up any red wine that isn’t quite up to snuff.
Strawberry-Watermelon Red Wine Sangria
1 1/2 cups cabernet sauvignon (I used one on the sweeter side)
2 cups strawberry-watermelon sparkling water
1/4 cup strawberry vodka
1 tablespoon lemon juice
chopped strawberries and watermelon (optional)
Stir all ingredients together lightly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve over ice, with chopped fruit, if desired.
Have enough of these and you won’t care what song you’re singing on repeat, even if it is It’s a Small World. (And I apologize for putting that awful song in your head...)
Now, onto the frozen cocktails!
Turning fresh fruit sorbet into your favorite happy hour drink is a snap. Of course, these don’t pack quite the punch of a real cocktail, but the essence is there. For a refreshing summery dessert, try Watermelon Margarita Sorbet, Mango Mojito Sorbet or Kiwi Colada Sorbet. Check out my recipes here.