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 to sip on. I especially like drinks that are made with sparkling wine – champagne or cava or prosecco.
- 1 quarter of a large watermelon peeled and cut in small pieces, about 5 cups of fruit
- 2 cups orange juice from 6 large oranges
- 1 bottle of chilled champagne cava, prosecco or other sparkling wine
- Optional: Sugar or honey to taste based on sweetness of the fruit
- Fresh mint leaves to garnish
- Blend the watermelon chunks with the orange juice until you have a smooth mix. Taste and add sugar/honey if needed.
- Strain the watermelon orange mix.
- Chill the watermelon orange mix in the refrigerator until ready to prepare the drinks. If you have time prepare and chill the juice mix overnight, then strain it again before serving. This helps prevent the mimosas from overflowing.
- 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 gently and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.
You never know when there might be an occasion to celebrate, so just in case I always keep a bottle of champagne, or prosecco or 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 orange mimosa cocktail 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.
Step by step preparation photos for watermelon orange mimosa cocktails:
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