Cocktails

Watermelon Champagne Cocktail

 Whether you’re hosting a Girls Night In or searching for a refreshing fancy{ish} drink to serve at a dinner party: this one is a nice change of pace with some bright flavors. Champagne is one of my favorite cocktails of choice. It’s celebratory and pairs well with almost anything and any occasion. I have a “push for Champagne” button in my house as a fun nod to the bubbly goodness. It’s been known to work a time or two.

Watermelon always seems to add the perfect touch to any dish or drink, and I especially love it during the summer; though my family consumes it year round. The champagne in this drink balances out the sweetness perfectly and the mint pulls it all together. I hope you can sip on these amongst friends and relish in the remaining days of summer. Yields 4 servings.

 Ingredients:
  • 2.5 cups cubed watermelon, puréed and strained through a fine sieve to remove the pulp
  • 1/2 cups vodka
  • 1/3 cup Brut champagne, chilled
  • 1/3 cup sparkling water, chilled
  • 1/2 bunch of mint leaves plus some for garnish
 Method:
  1. Purée the watermelon and run the purée through a fine sieve to remove any seeds and pulp. The final yield should be around 1.5 cups of watermelon liquid. 
  2. Muddle the mint leaves in the watermelon liquid and refrigerate for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, strain through a sieve again to remove the muddled mint leaves.
  3. In a large glass pitcher, add the watermelon purée, vodka, champagne and sparkling water, gently stir to combine and pour into 4 cups of your choice. I used large wine glasses for a fancier feel, but use whatever you’d like! Garnish with a mint leaf & serve.

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