Red, Rose and Blue Sangria for th 4th!

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Red, Rose and Blue SANGRIA
(inspired by Bobby Flay)

2 cups fresh seedless watermelon, cut into 1" cubes
1 lb. fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
1 750 ml bottle dry rose wine
1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
½ cup Grand Marnier
1 large orange, halved on the equator and thinly sliced
1 lime halved on the equator and thin sliced
For the garnish:
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 lb. fresh sliced strawberries
2 cups fresh seedless watermelon cubes or small slices with rind

Make the Sangria:
        Add the watermelon and strawberries into a blender and blend until smooth. Strain the fruit puree into a large pitcher. You should have about 3 to 3-1/4 cups juice. Add the rose, orange juice and Grand Marnier. Stir to combine. Add the orange and lime slices, stir, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24.
        Prior to serving add half of each of the garnish fruits into the pitcher. Stir well. Serve in glasses filled with some of each of the reserved fruits over ice.

Makes 8 servings.     YUM!

LESSONS Learned:
1. You don’t have to pick an expensive wine. There are lots of delicious ones for around $10 that will work perfectly.
2. Use the best quality fruit that you can find. You want the sweetest berries you can find, and reddest, ripest watermelon.
3. It’s best to let the citrus, fruit puree and the wine meld together overnight in the fridge, but if you only have a few hours, you will still have a delicious drink.
4. I love to add extra berries and watermelon to my glass and eat the wine infused fruit with a spoon.