Summer Watermelon Wine Cooler

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"One of my favorite summer drinks; and, perfect when watermelon are in season. This recipe makes 4 tall cocktails. I can't exactly tell you how much watermelon juice you will get out of a watermelon; they are all different. I use a small seedless watermelon; and, usually get a good 2 cups, after it is strained - but, it can vary. And, if you want more wine vs watermelon in your drink, just adjust to your liking. There is no right or wrong to the wine/watermelon ratio; however, I do stick to the ratio of mint syrup and lime juice. The rest is up to you."

Original recipe yields 4 servings
  • FOR MINT SYRUP (makes 1/4-1/3 cup; it makes more than you need, but refrigerates well for 2 weeks)
  • Garnish


  • Serving Size: 1 (48.5 g)
  • Calories 103.9
  • Total Fat - 0.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 15.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 25.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.6 g
  • Sugars - 22.2 g
  • Protein - 0.5 g
  • Calcium - 7.3 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Mint Syrup ... Add the water and sugar to a small pot; and, bring just up to a boil. Reduce to simmer (low heat); and, add the mint leaves. Simmer 5 minutes, turn off the heat; and, let the syrup cool. Strain, then, transfer to a small jar or container; and, refrigerate until chilled - and, ready to use.

Step 2

Watermelon Juice ... Cut the watermelon into cubes (remove the rind); then, puree in a blender or food processor until very smooth. I usually add about a tablespoon of water to make it puree easier. Then, add the puree to a piece of cheese cloth or fine strainer, over a bowl; and, using a wooden spoon - push the melon puree through. Believe it or not ... you can even use a ladies nylon too. I don't mind a little pulp; so I prefer the strainer method. Once strained, transfer to a measuring cup; and, refrigerate until chilled.

Step 3

Cocktail ... Add the watermelon juice, white wine, mint syrup, lime juice; and, mix to combine. Add ice; then, finish with some club soda, a slice of lime, and a sprig of mint. Now, if watermelon is out of season ... you may want to add a bit more mint syrup; adjust to your liking.

Step 4

Serve and ENJOY! ... A perfect summertime cocktail. FYI: extra syrup will last 2 weeks in the fridge - great for another round of cocktails. Also good in mojitos - or other fruit wine coolers. Try strawberry ... delicious!

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