Am I the only one scanning Pinterest for Fourth of July cocktails? We're having friends over…..and I've been looking for the perfect summer cocktail recipe to serve. My requirements? Summery, light, and red. (It has to go with a red, white and blue theme…..right?) Obviously I'm on a watermelon kick lately. While at the farmer's market this weekend……I walked by the agua fresca cart……and it came to me…..sparkling agua fresca! For those of you who haven't had an agua fresca before, agua frescas are a refreshing mexican and south american drink made by combining fruit, sugar and water. They're EVERYWHERE here in the city of angels and absolutely perfect for the hot weather. I had a bottle of Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs sitting at home just begging to be drank……so I did a little experimenting. And let me tell you, this sparkling agua fresca is hot weather cocktail perfection! It's the perfect combination of sweet and bitter……plus refreshing during a hot afternoon!Little know fact about me, I lived in California wine country for a short time after college. And Gloria Ferrer was one of my absolute favorite places to visit. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is Carneros’ original sparkling wine house, the winery opened in 1986. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was the fulfillment of a longtime family dream: to make world-class méthode champenoise sparkling wines…..and trust me, their sparkling wines are DELISH! Gloria Ferrer wines have earned over 400 gold medals and 50 90+ scores in the last 5 years…..and after a single sip, it's easy to see why!
- 5 cups of cubed watermelon
- 3 cups of water
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 bottle of Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
- diced mint leaves
- Blend cubed watermelon, 2 cups of water and sugar.
- Strain through a medium to small sized strainer (this removes the seeds and pulp).
- Combine watermelon mixture, remaining water and Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs in a pitcher.
- Chill for at least 1 hour.
- Garnish with diced mint leaves.
- Creates one pitcher of Sparkling Agua Fresca.
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