Refreshing Watermelon Mimosa is a perfect summer cocktail made with fresh sweet watermelon juice and sparkling wine (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). It’s great to sip on a patio or have for brunch.
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How to cut watermelon
I recently learned a cool new way of cutting a watermelon. Instead of the usual wedges, I now cut the rind off the watermelon first, almost like if you were to do it to a grapefruit, and then when it’s just the sweet red flesh that is left I cut it easily into chunks.
It’s super convenient, takes no time, and I don’t know why I’ve never done this before.
Now that I learned this new trick, it’s easy to enjoy the watermelon. I used to hate all the mess that came with eating it.
I usually chop it into chunks and keep in airtight containers in the fridge which makes eating it and cooking with it really convenient.
Watermelon, like many other foods, reminds of my childhood. I remember biting into the first watermelon of the season when I was little. Sugary juices running down my chin, my arms and tickling me. Sticky fingers. Sticky ears. Smiles. Such innocent joy in every bite.
I remember, as I was cutting the fruit I gave my one-year-old daughter her first bite of the watermelon. She protested at first like she always does when something new is presented to her. She cried and shook her head. Then she stopped and licked her lips. She paused and she opened her mouth. She smiled and kept asking for more.
I’m sure she won’t remember that first taste of the red-coloured fruit but hopefully in a few more years I’ll give her a ripe watermelon wedge and she’ll bite into it getting her whole face dirty; she’ll then laugh when the watermelon juices will trickle down her chin leaving red sticky marks on her hands and her memories.
Watermelon Mimosa: alcoholic or non-alcoholic versions
This Watermelon Mimosa is really easy to make and is delicious during summer months.
- Non-alcoholic mocktail: use non-alcoholic sparkling wine and pomegranate juice.
- Alcoholic cocktail: use your favourite sparkling wine and campari.
Both campari or pomegranate juice are optional but they add a nice refreshing note to the Watermelon Mimosa. I like campari for a slightly bitter taste that works really well with the sweetness of the watermelon.
And if you like sweet and bitter tastes together then try my Sparkling Campari Orange cocktail.
How to make Refreshing Watermelon Mimosa
Making Watermelon Mimosa is really easy, just blend watermelon chunks using a regular or a hand blender, add campari/pomegranate if using and top with the sparkling wine.
Watch it foam and bubble! It’s really pretty!
I’ve been using my hand blender/hand food processor for about a decade and it’s still working great! It’s one of my most used appliances. In fact, I use it much more than my regular size food processor.
Watch this video to see how EASY it is to make this delicious and refreshing watermelon mimosa!
Refreshing Watermelon Mimosa is a perfect summer cocktail made with fresh sweet watermelon juice and sparkling wine (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). It's great to sip on a patio or have for brunch | Imagelicious
- 1.5 cup watermelon, diced
- 1 ounce Campari
- 200 ml sparkling wine
- 1 ounce pomegranate juice
- 200 ml non-alcoholic wine
Using a regular blender or a hand blender blend the watermelon chunks until they become smooth. You can strain the resulting watermelon but I prefer to keep it a bit thick.
Add Campari or pomegranate juice.
Pour the mixture into two glasses and top with sparkling wine (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
It's better if both watermelon and sparkling wine are chilled.
(This blog post was first published on July 25, 2017)