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. If you have some watermelon already cut up, it’s a very fast and easy drink.
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This blog post was first published on July 25, 2017.
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 how my then one-year-old daughter took her first bite of a 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.
How to cut a watermelon
If you love watermelon but don’t like all the mess that comes with cutting it and storing it then I have good news. No, great news!
I have a very detailed how-to instructional post on the BEST way to cut a watermelon. It only takes a few minutes and in the end you have multiple containers of cubed watermelon that are easy to store in the fridge.
No need to empty half of the fridge to store half a watermelon. No need to battle with extra rinds. So easy!!
Learn How to cut a watermelon!
Ingredients for Watermelon Mimosa: alcoholic or non-alcoholic versions
Watermelon mimosa has only a few ingredients.
- Non-alcoholic Watermelon Mimosa mocktail: use non-alcoholic sparkling wine and pomegranate juice.
- Alcoholic Watermelon Mimosa 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:
- Blend watermelon chunks using a regular or a hand blender
- Optional step: You can strain the watermelon juice in the first step to make sure that it’s completely smooth but I usually don’t do it. I’m fine if there are a few little pieces.
- Add campari/pomegranate if using
- Top up with the sparkling (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) 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!
More summer drink recipes:
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- Festive and refreshing Sparkling Campari Orange cocktail
- Sinfully Good Peanut Butter Iced Coffee
- 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).
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Love this, watermelon is the most refreshing thing to enjoy in summer, so in mimosa form it would be just lovely. Definitely trying your tip for cutting on my next watermelon!!
Watermelon is my favorite. My family basically becomes 80% watermelon when its in season. We can’t get enough. I can see me making these for summer brunch a lot.
Julia, these look AMAZING. They would have been perfect for brunch today. Maybe next week 😉
I started doing the chunk style cut a while back too and it changed my life. Definitely way less messy than the wedge style.
Amy Nash says
Oh my goodness, not only does this sound delicious, it looks beautiful too! Thank you for sharing the non-alcoholic version! Can’t wait to try it!
I always like watching a kids first bites of juicy watermelon because the resulting grin is always so sweet and exciting. Cutting the rind off of watermelon is the way to go! It definitely makes it so much easier to eat. The only problem is that it disappears in a flash! This simple cocktail is so perfectly refreshing for hot summer days!
Wait- you cut the peel off the watermelon first?! Omg! Why have I never thought of that??? I’m totally trying that- and then I need to go find some Campari!
Delicious! Watermelon is so good on its own, but I love doing things like this with it. Love the touch of campari to balance the sweetness and brightness of the cocktail too. Oh and your comment about offering some to your daughter made me laugh. I wish I had a dollar for every time one of my kids had decided (in advance) to dislike a new food only to be surprised by the taste of it. Ahh, kids. Haha.
This was a favorite at the girls night I had last night! We had to go get more watermelon because everyone liked them so much we all wanted seconds and thirds! I’ll definitely be making htis again!
Kathy McDaniel says
This drink definitely screams summer and refreshing! Using watermelon is such a great and delicious idea. I will be sipping some of these this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!
Love, love LOVE the photos for this! Pink and frosty–who wouldn’t want one of these on a hot day! Watermelon is synonymous with summer for me.
Tracy Koslicki says
Awww watermelon reminds me of my childhood, too! My mom used to cut a big piece off of the end and then hand me a spoon and send me outside. I also remember giving my daughter (now two) watermelon for the first time! And hearing her ask for it for the first time too in her tiny toddler voice… oooh I love how some foods just bring out so many heartwarming memories! Thank you for taking me down memory lane AND for the non alcoholic version! 😉
I LOVE watermelon. In fact I have 2 containers of cut watermelon in the fridge right now. This is such a great way to make a delicious drink (either version). With the warm weather getting here (eventually) this is perfect for outdoor entertaining.
These are so pretty and I’d be happy sipping on them all day long! I always make a watermelon puree when I have parties with a mimosa bar, but I love that there’s Campari in this one, too!
Neha Mathur says
This recipe is so perfect to sip on hot summer days. I am going to try it for sure. Keep posting such lovely content.