Ginger Watermelon Sangria with Basil

Makes 8-10 drinks

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1 bottle of dry rosé

1 1/4 cup watermelon juice (about half a small watermelon)

1 cup chopped watermelon cubes

1 cup soda water

2 ounces (2 shots) triple sec

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

12 basil leaves

Start by juicing the watermelon. I used a watermelon with seeds and cut around the seeds. I cube the watermelon and add it to my ninja blender. Any blender should work fine though, watermelon is pretty soft. Just don't blend the seeds I find that a seedless watermelon means you have to blend the little white seeds and I don't like that. 

Blend half of one watermelon in your blender. Run the juice through either a juice / nut milk bag, cheese cloth, or fine mesh sieve to get rid of some of the pulp. Measure out 1 1/4 cups watermelon juice and save the rest for later... maybe a spin on these vodka cocktails?

In a large pitcher combine the bottle of rosé (I used Whole Foods brand), 1 1/4 cup watermelon juice, 1 cup soda water, 2 ounces triple sec, 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger. Taste - add more ginger if desired. 

Chop half the basil leaves and add to the mixture. Add watermelon cubes and stir. Refrigerate and serve chilled.