As an aspiring wine snob, I tend to prefer my wine plain. My favorite example – why add orange juice when champagne is so great on its own? Sorry to all the mimosa devotees out there…I know my view is highly controversial. This caveat aside, I can’t get enough of this Cucumber Mint Sangria.
Sangria is always a great drink choice for the summer, and this one is especially light and refreshing. The cucumbers and mint not only look beautiful in the glass, but it’s the perfect combo for a hot summer evening. Not to mention, I was really happy to get a chance to take advantage of myherb garden again while it lasts! It’s such an easy drink to make too, if you haven’t already been convinced.
Another great thing about sangria is that it’s a nice way for people who maybe don’t love the dryness of wine too much to still get their wine fix, as the cucumbers and sweetness make the drink much more approachable. Plus, sangria is an excellent way to take advantage of an inexpensive bottle of wine since you’re mixing together so many different delicious flavors anyway.
Cucumber Mint Sangria
- 1 seedless cucumber (thinly sliced)
- 1 lime (thinly sliced)
- fresh mint
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 bottle of Sauvignon Blanc*
- Combine cucumber, lime slices, and mint leaves in a large pitcher. You can chop the mint a bit for added flavor, but the drink tends to look prettier if the leaves are whole.
- In a small bowl, stir together honey and lime juice until entirely combined.
- Pour the lime juice and honey mixture into the pitcher.
- Pour in wine and stir gently.
- Cover and chill for at least two hours, and then serve!
*I used a Sauvignon Blanc, but any drier white would go well. You could try a dry Riesling or Pinot Grigio, but I would avoid Chardonnay because the heaviness of the flavor may not mix as well.
The Cucumber Mint Sangria is the perfect refreshing, light drink to savor in these last days of summer. At 170 calories a glass, this drink isn’t too bad if you’re worried about your diet. And if you’re looking for something even lighter, there’s always the option of topping the drink off with a bit of soda water and turning it into a spritzer! Cheers!