What do you do with an underripe cantaloupe, some overripe strawberries and a half-empty bottle of wine?
You make homemade wine coolers!
Originally I was just going to make a refresco con agua, which is a Costa Rican fruit smoothie (you can make it con agua or con leche – any melon is perfect for con agua; I prefer banana only con leche). But I was wondering what other fun things I could put in there that would go with the melon. I looked up melon on this super awesome flavor pairing site and noticed that one result was chardonnay. I definitely have chardonnay! Wine coolers ahoy!
I have been wanting to do more drink recipes, to sate my inner mixologist. Really thinking of maybe looking for a bartending job. At some point. Even though my certification has long since expired. And it’s super hard to get a job mixing drinks around here.
I guess you’d have to call this a fresco con vino. But what’s wrong with that?
Fresco con Vino de Melon con Fresas (Melon Wine Cooler with Strawberries)
About 1/3 of a slightly underripe canteloupe, cut into chunks
About 5 strawberries, washed and sliced in half, plus two whole ones for garnish
2 or 3 ice cubes
1/2 cup Chardonnay
1 tsp sugar
Place all ingredients into a blender. Pulse until there are no chunks of ice or fruit remaining. Pour into your nicest wine glasses and garnish each with a strawberry that’s been split up the bottom with a paring knife. Serves two (or one really big glass…I won’t judge).
I think I’ll be experimenting with other combinations of fruits and wines throughout the spring and summer. This is an awesome, interesting way to use up excess fruit, or that little bit of wine left in the bottle from that fancy dinner. The gears are already turning in my head as to what to do with a little Merlot I have sitting around…perhaps some blackberries and maybe even a little…chocolate? And the raspberry wine that sits sadly on the counter but is too sweet to drink straight…that would go well with some bright, zingy citrus. Perhaps some meyer lemon? We’ll see how much of that I have left over after my latest (not-for-competition! surprise!) cupcake endeavor.