Thursday, August 20, 2009

Watermelon Mint Bellini

This is a delicious refreshing cocktail that is great for parties. This is one of those cocktails that is only good during the summer when watermelon is in season. Any other time of the year and the drink would fall flat.

For Syrup:
1 ¼ - 1 ½ c sugar depending on desired level of sweetness
1 c. water
2 3/4oz containers of fresh mint

For Rest o Drink:
¼ Seedless Watermelon (in season “July-August“) cut into 1 in. cubes
1 Bottle Brut Champagne or Sparkling Wine like Prosecco (Preferably Dry)

For Garnish:
Thin sliced Watermelon Wedges

Combine ingredients for syrup in stainless steel sauce pan and boil with mint completely submerged for 2-3 minutes until sugar dissolved
Chill Syrup
Strain syrup & Combine Syrup with Watermelon and puree in food processor or with immersion blender
Strain Mixture into large pitcher
Add champagne and stir until combined careful not to add too much at a time or mixture will overflow
Pour into individual chilled glasses and garnish
Serve immediately

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