Sangria Melon Chiller

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ cup packed torn fresh mint leaves
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint for garnish
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle Sauvignon Blanc, chilled
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice, chilled
  • ½ cup Triple Sec or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • 3 cups bite-size wedges of cantaloupe
  • 1 ½ cups bite-size wedges of seedless watermelon
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Stir together sugar, water, and torn mint in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer 1 minute, then cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Strain syrup mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, pushing on mint to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard mint leaves. Chill syrup until ready to use.

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  • Step 2

    Stir together wine, orange juice, Triple Sec, and mint simple syrup in a pitcher or large bowl. Add cantaloupe and watermelon and chill at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

  • Step 3

    Pour or ladle over ice, if desired, into 8 glasses and garnish each with a mint leaf or sprig.

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