I have a fellow foodie friend at work, who I absolutely adore "talking shop" with and sharing recipe ideas. We tell each other about different restaurants, cocktails and recipes we try, as well as share tips on cooking, baking, etc. It really is so much fun having someone in the office who shares the same interest and I can learn from while taking that much needed mental break from staring at my computer for hours on end!
Last week during one of our chats, she mentioned this most delicious mimosa she had enjoyed at this fabulous farm to table restaurant in Baltimore, Woodberry Kitchen. Totally intrigued by the idea of making a watermelon mimosa, I decided to give it try over the weekend. Let me just say, it is an absolutely delicious cocktail idea! Naturally I felt compelled to share it with you all today. I know I have posted quite a few cocktail recipes lately and I promise that I will ease up on my cocktail posts for a while, but this mimosa recipe just had to be shared. Worthy of any brunch or summer picnic, watermelon mimosas are beyond fab!
- 1 Seedless Sugar Watermelon (i.e. a small watermelon)
- 1 Bottle Sparkling Wine, Prosecco or Champagne (*I suggest using Chandon)
- 1 Large Lime (cut into wedges)
- 1-2 Key Limes (for garnish)
- Fresh Mint Leaves
- Cut up a seedless watermelon into 1 inch cubes (*Be sure to remove any remaining seeds from watermelon meat)
- Place watermelon in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth
- Fit a large sieve over a wide-mouthed bowl or pitcher (*I tried using a smaller sieve that fit straight on top of the pitcher and it took forever to strain, so I highly recommend straining the watermelon contents in a large sieve over a large bowl for efficiency)
- Pour blended watermelon contents into the sieve and allow liquid to drip through strainer for at least 20 minutes
- Add the juice of a fresh lime wedge and about a teaspoon of freshly muddled/chopped mint leaves
- Then fill the flute 1/3-1/2 with the watermelon juice
- Fill the remainder of the glass with either a prosecco, sparkling wine or champagne
- Garnish with a slice of fresh key lime and serve