Watermelon Cocktail (with Sparkling Wine)
And easy and delicious Watermelon Cocktail made with fresh watermelon juice and sparkling wine. And it is the most refreshing summer cocktail you'll drink this summer.
Servings 6 cocktails
- ½ small watermelon, cut up into cubes (approximately 5 cups cut up)
- 15 mint leaves (optional)
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- 1 bottle 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.