Watermelon mimosa

 Watermelon mimosa recipe

This watermelon mimosa recipe is a colorful and refreshing twist on the traditional mimosa cocktail – it is made with watermelon, orange juice, sugar to taste, sparkling wine and garnished with fresh mint. One of the things I love about summer, is being able to spend more time outside. This means making refreshing summer drinks, I especially love drinks that 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, etc. 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 have the option to leave out the alcohol so that the kids can also enjoy a delicious fruity 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 limeade.

Watermelon mimosa


Watermelon mimosa

Yield: For 8-10 people

Watermelon mimosa

This watermelon mimosa recipe is a refreshing bubbly cocktail made with watermelon, orange juice, sugar to taste, sparkling wine and garnished with fresh mint.

Ingredients

  • 1 quarter of a large watermelon, peeled and cut in small pieces, about 5 cups of fruit
  • Juice from 6 large oranges, about 2 cups juice
  • 1 bottle of chilled champagne, cava, prosecco or other sparkling wine
  • Sugar or honey to taste, based on sweetness of the fruit
  • Fresh mint to garnish

Instructions

  1. Blend the watermelon chunks with the orange juice and sugar to taste until you have a smooth pure, strain if needed.
  2. Chill the watermelon orange mix in the refrigerator until ready to prepare the drinks.
  3. Pour the watermelon orange mix into champagne flutes, about half full.
  4. Add the champagne or other sparkling wine, pouring it gently to avoid from making a bubbly mess.
  5. Stir lightly and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

Notes

For a non-alcoholic version you can either leave out the champagne or replace it with a sparkling limeade or sparkling water.

http://laylita.com/recipes/2008/06/06/watermelon-mimosa/

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Other refreshing drinks you might enjoy:

Chicha de piña or spiced pineapple drink

Pineapple caipirinha

Honeydew melon bellini

Quick and easy lemonade

Comments

  1. Martha Flores-Medina (Bolivia) says:

    Laylita,

    Realmente, no dejas de sorprenderme con tanto color en todo lo que proyectas. Muy acertada? no, acertadisima!!! tus recetas de bebidas no alcoholicas, se viene el verano y llegan los asaditos y las reuniones familiares, perfectas para satisfacer los gustos femenimos, especialmente de las suegritas! Gracias otra vez!

  2. This looks so good and refreshing. I love the color!

    Paz

  3. Thanks everyone for the comments.
    Yvonne – my kids loved the non-alcoholic version, they wanted them in the same glasses and garnish included. We call thursdays “viernes chiquito” in Ecuador, or sometimes Juernes…

  4. Great idea for a summer birthday party!!!! I’ve been looking for ideas for my daughter’s 6th b-day party and SHE LOVES WATERMELON (who doesn’t?). I would use the non-alcohol version!!!
    In another note, you make me laugh!!, the way you write your comments is so funny, Fridays-Jr. in my country we call it ‘sabado chiquito’, ja!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  5. This looks like a great refreshing summery drink.

  6. What a great alternative to the traditional mimosa, I could drink one right now.

  7. What a great idea for a summer twist on the mimosa! I like it!

  8. I can’t wait to try these. I’m definitely serving them at my conasta party.

  9. You make me laugh- Friday jr. Ha! I have those days too! Fro sure!
    I love the look of this recipe. PERFECT for summer brunch. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  10. ohhh!! love it! great for summertime brunch! actually i want to make some of that right now!!

  11. As a watermelon afficionado, I believe that your “mimosa” is possibly the best drink recipe that I have ever seen.

    Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us watermelon lovers.

  12. Oh that looks delicious! I’m a big fan of mimosas, but this looks like a fun twist. I will have to try it for our next outdoor soiree

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