What screams summer more than a glass of icy cold rosé wine?
Watermelon, that’s what. The two are definitely tied for first in my book for summery things I look forward to all winter long. And now that the season is here and in full effect, I’m making a cocktail to celebrate!
These rosé and watermelon sunshine spritzers come together SO simply and are SO refreshing and delicious, I’m confident they’ll make it into your regular summer cocktail rotation.
It all starts with watermelon ice cubes. Yup. It’s a thing. I love using the actual cocktail ingredients as ice cubes in the summer so as not to dilute the drink itself. Watermelon is no exception. I scoop out cute little watermelon balls (you could also just cut it into cubes), line them up like pink soldiers on a baking sheet, and pop them in the fridge for an hour or so.
I fill the glasses with the frozen watermelon instead of ice. Not only is it practical, but it makes the drink more festive and fun too!
Crisp, dry, slightly sweet rosé wine goes into the glass next. Rosé and watermelon, in my opinion, have a natural affinity for one another. They play off each other beautifully.
I like to add some fresh citrus juices to the mix next. A little fresh lime and orange juice goes a long way here, plus it adds some freshness to the whole shebang. You guys know I can’t get enough citrus. It reminds me of summer! It brings the “sunshine” aspect into this drink. Basically, it was an inevitable addition.
Next, a splash of St. Germaine elderflower liqueur. It adds some sweetness and a florally note that keeps things light and fun. It is, hands down, my favorite liqueur to work with. I use it ALL THE TIME, especially in light, summery drinks like this one.
To top things off, I add a healthy glug of watermelon-flavored seltzer. If you can’t find watermelon, any fruity seltzer will work here. If you CAN find the watermelon, DO IT! Please! It adds the most delicious watermelon flavor here. Oh, and that to-die-for effervescence that all summer drinks require.
Garnish with some sliced citrus and fresh mint sprigs and you are set. Totally destined to be poolside.
Cheers to the weekend, friends!
To get the full recipe details, head over to the Summersalt blog! They’re putting together a super fun summer cocktail series – they’ll be sharing summery cocktails like this one every Friday all summer long!