This sparkler is the perfect addition to a warm day summer day at the lake or an evening barbecue. Add your favorite bubbly to this refreshing drink just before serving. If you prefer a nonalcoholic version, use a zingy ginger ale. Be sure to fully peel the cucumber before blending; otherwise, the green skin will turn your delightfully pink drink into a not-so delightful brown.
Yield : 8 servings
- Combine water and sugar in a small pot. Place over medium low heat until water starts to boil and sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.
- Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat. Add mint leaves and let stand for 30 minutes. Discard mint.
- Place half of watermelon and cucumber in a blender with ½ cup of cooled mint syrup. Puree on high for 1 minute.
- Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher. Repeat with remaining melon, cucumber, and syrup; stir in lemon juice.
- Chill for 2 hours. Serve mixture in a cocktail glasses topped with ½ cup sparkling wine or ginger ale. Serve immediately.
Featured Ingredient: Watermelon
Watermelon is the fruit icon of summertime: seed-spitting contests, cold slices eaten by the pool, juicy flesh pureed and used to flavor lemonade or cocktails. It’s hard to beat the sweet, juicy crispness of watermelon on a hot day. Full of water (so it’s good for keeping you hydrated), watermelon is also packed with potassium and vitamins A and C. If you plan to grow your own watermelon, you’ll need to dedicate a fair amount of room, as the melons grow on ground-crawling vines. It’s worth giving up some space, though, as the sweetness of a home-grown melon cannot be beat! Let us teach you how to grow watermelon in your own garden this summer.
Recipe written by Julianna K. Grimes.