Recipes: Watermelon Cocktails | Women’s Lifestyle Magazine


    Watermelon Sangria

    8 servings

    1 bottle red wine (preferably Spanish)
    1/2bottle white Zinfandel
    1/2 bottle Beaujolais
    1/4 cup brandy
    1/4 cup tequila
    1 cup watermelon juice
    1 quart orange juice
    1/2 cup lemon juice
    1 cup club soda
    1 cup watermelon chunks
    6 pieces star anise
    1 sliced orange
    1 sugar or alternative sweetener to taste

    Whisk all ingredients – wine, brandy, tequila, orange juice, lemon juice, club soda, watermelon juice. Pour over the fresh fruit in a pitcher. Sweeten to taste. Serve over ice and garnish with watermelon wedges and mint leaves.

    Watermelon Mimosa

    2 to 3 cocktails

    1 cup watermelon juice (Blend 2-3 cups watermelon until smooth and strain into a pitcher).
    1/2 cup light champagne (preferably not brut, but rather asti or similar)

    Divide watermelon juice among 2 to 3 champagne flutes. Fill with champagne and enjoy!

    Watermelon Lavender Sorbet

    4 servings

    4 1/2 cups pureed watermelon pulp (divided)
    1/2 cup sugar (or part Splenda)
    1 tablespoon lavender flowers/leaves (culinary type)
    1/8 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    2 tablespoons watermelon or citrus flavored vodka to prevent the sorbet from setting up too firm

    In a small saucepan over medium high heat, add 1/2 cup watermelon pulp, sugar, lavender and salt. Bring to a slow boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes.

    Place strainer over a large bowl and pour syrup mixture through, straining out lavender flowers. Add remaining 4 cups watermelon, lemon juice and vodka. Stir until blended.

    Pour into container, cover, place in freezer. When semi-solid, mash up sorbet with fork and freeze again. When frozen, place sorbet mixture into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Scoop desired amount into a small bowl or parfait dish, garnish with a small wedge of watermelon and a lavender sprig.

    Watermelon Coconut Margarita 

    1 serving

    2 cups seeded watermelon chunks
    2 ounces coconut flavored rum
    1/2 cup shredded coconut
    1 lime (juice from a fresh lime)
    1 cup ice

    Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a sugar rimmed glass. Enjoy!



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