½small watermelon, cut up into cubes (approximately 5 cups cut up)
15mint leaves (optional)
1lime, cut into wedges
1bottle sparkling wine
watermelon wedges(for garnish)
Place the watermelon in a blender and process until liquefied and smooth (about 20-30 seconds should do the trick). Using a fine strainer, strain the watermelon into a pitcher to get rid of any chunks or seeds. Add the mint leaves to the strained juice and place in refrigerator until chilled (around 30 minutes).
Place sugar on a small plate. Rub lime wedges around the edge of the champagne flute, and dip tops of flute into the sugar to rim the edges. Twist them a quarter turn in each direction to get the most amount of sugar on the rim.
Pour about 2 oz of the watermelon juice into a champagne flute. Fill the remaining glass with sparkling wine.
Garnish with a small watermelon wedge
Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Drink: You can easily make a non-alcoholic version by serving with club soda instead of sparkling wine. My kids love it. To Make it Sweeter: In a small saucepan, warm about ½ cup of watermelon juice with ½ cup sugar and stir until dissolved. Pour back into the pitcher with the remaining juice before refrigerating.