One of the things I love about being able to spend more time outside is being able to make refreshing summer drinks, especially when they are made with sparkling wine – champagne or cava or prosecco. You never know when there might be an occasion to celebrate, so just in case I always keep a bottle of champagne, though lately it has been cava, in the refrigerator. And there’s always something to celebrate: it’s Friday (or it’s Friday junior, i.e. Thursday if I’m desperate), there’s a good F1 race on the TV, and of course the number one reason to celebrate if you live in Seattle: the sun is out! Yes, when the sun comes out around here all I want to do is sit outside and have a nice refreshing celebratory drink, something quick, refreshing and also a drink where I can leave out the alcohol so that the kids can also enjoy a revitalizing drink.
This watermelon mimosa is also a good drink to make when you have guests, it is a colorful and tasteful change from the classic mimosa (yes, sometimes I mess with the classics, sorry). You can make the watermelon orange mixture in advance and prepare the drinks when they arrive. For a non-alcoholic version you can either leave out the champagne or replace it with a sparkling lime soda.
1 quarter of a large watermelon, about 5 cups cut in small pieces
Juice from 6 oranges, about 2 cups juice
1 bottle of chilled champagne, cava, prosecco or other sparkling wine
Sugar to taste, based on sweetness of the fruit
Mint to garnish
- Blend the watermelon chunks with the orange juice and sugar to taste until you have a smooth pure, strain if needed.
- Chill the watermelon orange mix in the refrigerator until ready to prepare the drinks.
- Pour the watermelon orange mix into champagne flutes, about half full.
- Add the champagne or other sparkling wine, pouring it gently to avoid from making a bubbly mess.
- Stir lightly and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.
Other refreshing drinks you might enjoy: