You know what mom really wants for Mothers Day? I’ll give you a hint – it’s boozy, filled with fruit and can help mama relax like nothing else. It’s this melon & berry sangria!
I’ve always had a very strong appreciation for my mom. I wasn’t an easy teenager (understatement of the century) and she still put up with me. Fast forward to a few rough college years, and she probably didn’t see an end in sight. Luckily, I grew up, found myself and like to think I’ve since redeemed myself for those awful words, acts and ridiculous angst I put her through. At least I hope.
Now, I’m not a mom yet, but it definitely seems hard. We had some friends over this past weekend from out of town and they brought their sweet, bubbly 4 month old boy. He’s a darling kid – so happy, vibrant and freaking adorable. But he’s still a baby. He doesn’t sleep for more than 5 hours and can go from happy to sad in 20 seconds flat. But my friend? She handles it so gracefully. She’s calm, sweet and so patient. I don’t know how she does it. Having her here gave me even more of an appreciation for mothers.
Also having them here made me realize I’m definitely not ready for a little human just yet. I need sleep – and anything less than 6 hours has me stabby. Also, I’m clumsy and forgetful – there’s no doubt in my mind that I’d be that one mom who leaves her screaming human in the backseat of the car, in the grocery store, at home on the way to the grocery store, in a mall, on an airplane. You name it.
Oh and don’t even get me started on how selfish I am. Give up my sleep and food for a wailing baby? ahh! All jokes aside, I know I want to be a mother – just not sure this moment is the right time. Which is fine. I know you’re never “ready” to have a baby, but I’d rather be a little bit MORE ready than I am now.
But, rant aside, I have so much love and admiration for all the mamas out there. And to salute them, I’m serving up a big cup of delicious sangria filled with fresh, beautiful and bold fruit.
Melon & Kiwi Sangria
Serves about 6. Adapted from Laylita.
Prep time: >10 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
- 1 cup cantaloupe (scooped into balls)
- 1 cup watermelon (scooped into balls)
- 2 kiwis, shaved and sliced
- 1 large orange, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced and de-seeded
- 1/2 cup cranberry juice
- 1 (750 ml) bottle white wine (I used Skinny Girl Pinot Grigio)
- 1 1/2 cups flavored fizzy water
- Fresh basil leaves for garnish
- In a large bowl or pitcher, mix the cranberry juice and white wine together. Add in the melon balls, kiwis, orange slices, lemon slices and fresh basil. Chill for about 30 – 60 minutes.
- Once chilled, serve and garnish with fresh basil leaves.
Nutritional information per serving:
Fat: >1 gram
Carbohydrates: 18.5 grams
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 1 gram
Weight Watchers Points: 2