Skip The Bar – Drink This Instead!

By Anna Redman
Recipes Created By Randy Clemens Photos By Leo Gong

Watermelon-Sriracha Sangria

American researchers from the University of Wyoming have uncovered evidence suggesting that capsaicin, a key ingredient in chili peppers, could help prevent weight gain. This mice-based study hints that regular consumption will increase your metabolism and your energy levels by activating the receptors in white and brown fat cells.

Nutritional Information (per serving)
Calories: 127
Protein: 1 g
Carbs: 25 g
Fat: 0 g

(Makes 6 to 8 servings)

8 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
1 750 ml bottle dry, unoaked white wine
1 4 cup Calvados, light rum, or brandy
1 4 cup sugar
3 tbsp Sriracha
2 limes, thinly sliced
12 oz natural ginger ale
Ice cubes, for serving
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

1. In a blender, puree six cups of the watermelon. Strain into a large pitcher.
2. Add the wine, Calvados, sugar, Sriracha, lime slices, and remaining watermelon. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.
3. When ready to serve, give the mixture a healthy stir, then pour in the ginger ale. Put a few ice cubes in each glass, then fill with the sangria, making sure to get some lime and watermelon in everyone’s cup.
4. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve immediately.

Bonus Tip:  This fruity concoction can be made as much as two days in advance, so blend ahead of time to save yourself the headache when you’re entertaining. If you need a non-alcoholic alternative, try swapping the wine for sparkling water and the Calvados for apple juice.

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