Watermelon Wine Cooler with Lime

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#SundaySupper post! Refreshing wine cooler with fresh watermelon juice, Gallo Family Vineyards new Riesling wine, mint syrup, and lime.

watermelon wine cooler

I think this every year, maybe we ALL do, but it’s hard to believe Labor Day Weekend is upon us already. Wasn’t 4th of July just a couple of weeks ago?

Labor Day Weekend is the last big BBQ and picnic weekend of the year before we’re pulled headlong into the gauntlet of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and, unbelievably, the New Year. ‘I’m not ready!’, I’m screaming inside. But the truth is, when each holiday arrives on my doorstep, I open the door to welcome them with abandon. They’re all perfect times to share with friends and family, and with Gallo Family Vineyard’s wine.

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I should mention, GFV isn’t only a resource for great wine, but also for spot-on food pairing tips. So if you’re looking for some new Labor Day recipes to try this year, head on over to Gallo Family Vineyard’s site for some great ideas.

I think it’s always fun to try something new when I’ve got a party coming up. Nothing like test-driving something new with my favorite peeps.

And on that note, I started experimenting with GFV’s brand new Riesling wine, with its hints of honey and peaches. From the moment I tried it at #SundaySupper’s Food and Wine Conference in Orlando last month, I loved it. It was a hot, sultry evening that night, and it totally hit the spot. In fact, it was SO perfect, I wanted to create a drink with it to celebrate summer BBQs – because as anyone who’s been to San Francisco in summer knows, OUR summer is September and October when the fog rolls back out to sea. When I saw the tall pile of rotund, striped watermelons at the market, a Watermelon Wine Cooler with Lime was born.

watermelon wine cooler

This is a refreshing drink of watermelon juice, mint syrup, lime juice, and GFV’s Riesling, topped with a little club soda. The watermelon juice can be made up to a couple of days ahead, and mint syrup up to a week ahead and refrigerated. It’s perfect with most any spicy BBQ food coming off the grill, or just for sipping with appetizers.

Speaking of which, another GFV’s wine perfect with spicy BBQ food is their Sweet Red wine, although I admit I used that one for sipping with some friends one recent very warm afternoon with some cheeses.

So here’s your plan for Labor Day:

• Click on the above GFV link to check out some new recipes to wow your family and friends.
• Confirm where you can pick up some Gallo wine by clicking here for the GFV locator.
• And don’t forget to get their $1 off digital coupon!

And while you’re at it, go follow their social media pages so you can keep up with new wines and promotion deals they offer on a regular basis.

Follow Gallo Family Vineyards on Facebook
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Oh, and then make this Watermelon Wine Cooler with Lime.

Watermelon Wine Cooler with Lime

Serves: 1 glass

If you've got the watermelon juice made and kept in a jar in the refrigerator, along with the mint syrup, this refreshing drink comes together in about 3 minutes.
Wine Cooler
  • ⅓ cup watermelon juice
  • ½ cup Gallo Family Vineyard Riesling
  • ½ Tbsp lime juice
  • ½ Tbsp Mint Syrup (recipe below)
  • pinch salt
  • splash of club soda
Mint Syrup
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
Wine Cooler
  1. Make the watermelon juice by cutting a seedless watermelon in half. Remove the rind and discard. Chop the watermelon into 1-inch cubes, place in a food processor fitted with a metal blade, and whirl like crazy until the watermelon is completely liquified. Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth or paper towel to remove the pulp.
  2. Stir all of the ingredients together and pour into a glass filled with ice.
Mint Syrup
  1. Stir the sugar and water together in a small pan over medium heat until the sugar completely dissolves. Add the mint leaves and bring to a simmer for five minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. Keep refrigerated until needed. It will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.
This week 20 of the #SundaySupper family got together to create recipes with Gallo Family Vineyards Sweet Red wine and their new Riesling. Go check out what everyone made!

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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

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  1. says

    I bet a homemade wine cooler is MUCH better than anything I ever purchased in my early twenties claiming to be the same thing :) I loved Gallo’s Reisling as well; my new favorite these days!

  2. says

    What a fabulous combination of flavors! And the color is so perfect for a summer drink. Reislings are one of my favorite wines, so I’m sure i’d love this!

  3. says

    You are single-handedly changing my misconceptions about what a “wine cooler” really is. I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever even HAD one of those awful bottled ones, but I bet they’re awful. And this is the complete opposite of that. I cannot wait to try this! Need to get my hands on another bottle of Gallo Riesling!

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