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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!
- 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
With a large spoon or ice cream scoop, carve out the inside of half a mini watermelon and set aside.
Add the watermelon chunks and mint leaves to a blender and purée until smooth.
Fine-strain the purée to remove pulp and add the juice (about 1 cup) to a separate container.
In the carved watermelon half, add cubed ice, vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and 5 ounces watermelon juice.
Top with the sparkling wine.
Garnish with lime wheels and a mint sprig.