Heirloom melons are an exciting new group of fruit to us, and we’re starting to learn more about all the specialty varieties that are making waves at farmer’s markets. Unique types like Ambrosia, Canary, and Charentais have a wide array of flavors, ranging from richly fruity to delicately floral. Eating melons fresh is absolutely our first choice—to bite into a thick, juicy wedge of melon is to taste nature’s candy at its best. But if we come across a few extras, one always goes into a batch of fantastic melon sangria. The sweet succulence of melons infused for a few hours with white wine proves to be an outstanding beverage to share at gatherings. Summer just isn’t the same without pitchers of melon sangria. This is our summer party drink of choice because we can prepare a few pitchers of it ahead of time and please a large crowd. So if you can score two ripe heirloom melons, designate one for eating and one for drinking. Celebrate summer!

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  • 3 cups (480g) cubed fresh heirloom melon
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle soda water



  1. In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients except the soda water.
  2. Chill for 4 to 5 hours to allow the fruit to absorb the wine.
  3. When ready to serve, add the soda water, gently stir, and serve.