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Sparkling Watermelon Punch

sparkling watermelon punch cocktail
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Liquor.com / Tim Nusog

Some people look at a watermelon and all they see is ... watermelon. But summer’s superstar fruit has the potential to be so much more. This fun seasonal recipe turns the juicy orbs into a boozy punch for two, adding vodka, fresh mint and sparkling wine for a drink that looks as good as it tastes. Now that’s something we can raise our rinds to!

Ingredients

  • 1 mini watermelon
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • sparkling wine, to top
  • Garnish: lime wheels
  • Garnish: mint sprig

Steps

Serves 2.

  1. With a large spoon or ice cream scoop, carve out the inside of half a mini watermelon and set aside.

  2. Add the watermelon chunks and mint leaves to a blender and purée until smooth.

  3. Fine-strain the purée to remove pulp and add the juice (about 1 cup) to a separate container.

  4. In the carved watermelon half, add cubed ice, vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and 5 ounces watermelon juice.

  5. Top with the sparkling wine.

  6. Garnish with lime wheels and a mint sprig.