I love brunch. If you have been keeping up I apparently love lots of things, but eating and day drinking at the same time is seriously my jam. So when a few of us ladies decided a mini 10 year college reunion was in order, we quickly settled on brunch as the plan. We all knew champagne and mimosas would be on the menu, but I wanted to jazz them up a little bit. It’s the middle of the summer and fruit is at it’s sweetest, especially watermelon. Why not try to mix it into a cocktail?? And with that I began messing around with the fruit and settled on this super yummy and well just downright pretty drink! It’s also completely customizable to your sweet taste levels by adding a bit of sugar or honey.
- 1 quarter of a large watermelon, peeled and cut in small pieces, about 5 cups of fruit – (But let’s be real, I bought the precut stuff – #savethefingers)
- 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 bottle of chilled champagne, cava, prosecco or other sparkling wine
- Optional: Sugar or honey to taste, based on sweetness of the fruit – I threw in 2 tablespoons of white sugar
- Fresh mint leaves to garnish (optional)
- Blend the watermelon chunks with the orange juice until you have a smooth mix. Taste and add sugar/honey if needed.
- Strain the watermelon orange mix (not required, but recommended).
- Chill the watermelon orange mix in the refrigerator until ready to prepare the drinks.
- Pour the watermelon orange mix into champagne flutes, about half full.
- Add the champagne or other sparkling wine, pouring it gently to avoid from making a bubbly mess.
- Stir gently and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.
This is a recipe you can easily change up too! Use blood orange or pomegranate juice or skip the juice entirely and add a couple splashes of Elderflower liqueur to the watermelon puree and champs! Trust me, you’ll be the hero of brunch if you bring these along! Just don’t do what I did and forget to snap a decent pic because they were just too good everyone drank them too quickly! WHOOPS, guess that’s a good problem to have!