Its a little hard to imagine enjoying red wine in this oppressive heat we’ve been experiencing in the Northeast (other than our go-to sangria), but I spotted a recipe this weekend that made me want to crack open another bottle. Giada’s Cantaloupe Red Wine Surprise is a cool and refreshing heat-wave treat.
Giada De Laurentiis’ Cantaloupe Red Wine Surprise
2 cups light red wine, preferably Pinot Noir
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cantaloupe, halved and seeds removed
1 tablespoon chopped basil leaves
Warm wine in a shallow saucepan over low heat; it should be steaming but not simmering. Dissolve sugar in wine; remove from heat. Pour into medium glass bowl and allow to completely cool. Using a melon baller, scoop out balls of cantaloupe and add to the wine mixture. Thinly slice the outer peel from half a lemon into 4 strips; add to bowl. Add chopped basil. Stir gently. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Divide between 4 wine glasses and serve chilled.