Watermelon Pomegranate Sangria
Pomegranates have long been the symbol of longevity, immortality, and abundance in China, and fertility in Greece. Called the “love apple,” some suspect it was a pomegranate, not an apple, that tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, while legend has it that humans become immortal by eating these seeds. Watermelon is free of cholesterol, fat, and sodium, and is a source of arginine and citrulline, amino acids that maintain the blood vessels, increase nitric oxide, and may improve blood flow to all tissues. All that and a refreshing drink besides! Get creative and add your own spices and fruits to this sangria, such as a handful of grapes, a slice of jalapeno, or a teaspoon of whole cloves.
- 2 1/2 cups watermelon liquid (to make 18 "ice" cubes)
- 1 medium orange, ends cut off and sliced thin
- 4 cups watermelon chunks (approximately 1" cubes) (In photo, triangle slices w/rind)
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 bottle of red wine, chilled (a fruity wine, such as shiraz or merlot works well)
- 1 1/2 cups Orangina or orange italian soda
1. Fill ice cube trays with watermelon juice and freeze.
2. Place orange slices, watermelon, and brandy in medium sized bowl, toss gently, and let stand for 15 minutes to allow fruit to soak up some of the brandy flavors.
3. In a large pitcher, add fruit mixture, pomegranate juice, and wine. Refrigerate for one hour or longer to allow flavors to blend. Just before serving, add the Orangina or Italian soda. Serve over watermelon ice cubes.
Makes 12 one-cup servings.
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories per serving: 149
Fat per serving: 0.5g
Fiber per serving: 0.7g
Saturated fat per serving: 0g
Vitamin C per serving: 45mg
Potassium per serving: 304mg
Sodium per serving: 9mg