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The Heartmates Sangria: A Cocktail Inspired by Blood & Ash

Inspired by the love between Poppy and Hawke from Jennifer L. Armentrout, this white sangria includes honeydew, cherries, and rum.
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Cocktail, Fruity, Novel-Inspired, Orange Liqueur, Rum, Wine
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • cup honeydew melon chopped into small pieces
  • ½ to 2 tsp granulated sugar amount depends on preferred sweetness
  • 2 ½ oz white wine
  • ½ oz spiced rum
  • 2 oz ginger beer e.g., Kraken Rum
  • 1 splash orange liqueur e.g., Grand Marnier
  • 2 blood-red maraschino cherries for garnish
  • 1 sprig thyme optional
  • 1 tsp grenadine optional


  • Place the chopped honeydew in a wine glass and sprinkle with sugar (I used ~½ tsp). Set in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • Add the wine, rum, ginger beer, orange liqueur, and a few cubes of ice to the wine glass containing the honeydew and sugar. Stir to combine.
  • Add grenadine if you prefer, but the drink will be much sweeter, and the flavor will mask that of the honeydew (it does look cool though).
  • Garnish with cherries and optional thyme.


For a virgin/alcohol-free drink, omit the wine, rum, and orange liqueur, filling the glass with ginger beer (or a combo of ginger beer and white grape juice) and a tiny drop of orange extract instead.