Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz Cocktail

Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz Cocktail
Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com Remember in school when you'd return from summer and share your favorite memories? I'd always make a collage of my favorite moments of the summer break. Now ...
Skill
Course
Cuisine
Ingredients
7
Hands-On Time
10 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
Yield
1
Servings
1
Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com
Skill
Beginner
Course
Drinks
Cuisine
American, Italian
Ingredients
7
Hands-On Time
10 minutes
Total Time
10 minutes
Yield
1
Servings
1
Diet
Dairy-Free, Vegetarian
Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz Cocktail | http://saltandwind.com

Remember in school when you'd return from summer and share your favorite memories? I'd always make a collage of my favorite moments of the summer break. Now that I'm older, I do the same thing except that know I capture those memories in food (and cocktail) form. And, if I had to define the summer of 2015 in one sip, it'd be with an Aperol Spritz. I made a batch of them to sit poolside on 4th of July, toasted my engagement with another batch, and whipped up a punch bowl-worth for my soon-to-be-sister-in-law's bridal shower.

And, on my recent trip to Italy it was so god awful hot, the only solution was a stiff Gin and Tonic or an Aperol Spritz. True, you can have them anytime of year but there's something I love about enjoying them when it's hot out. I mean, they drink them for breakfast in Northern Italy so I figure there's never a bad time for a Spritz.

But, right now? To capture this very August? I'm making them with watermelon juice and a dash of homemade ginger juice. It's a snapshot of this time of year when the produce is amazing, the days are hot, and you just don't want it to end anytime soon.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound roughly chopped seedless watermelon

    plus more for garnish

  • 1 (5 inch) piece fresh ginger

    peeled and finely chopped

  • 3 ounces chilled Prosecco
  • 2 ounces Aperol
  • 2 ounces fresh watermelon juice
  • 1 splash ginger juice

    (optional)

  • ice cubes

Instructions

For the watermelon juice: Place watermelon cubes in a food processor and process until smooth. Pass through a fine mesh seive and discard solids. 

Tip

Juice can be made up to 1 day ahead - store refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use.

For the ginger juice: Place ginger pieces in a food processor or blender and add 3/4 cup of water. Process until smooth then pass through a fine mesh seive and discard solids. 

Tip

Juice can be made up to 1 day ahead - store refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use.

For the Spritz: Place a few ice cubes in a wine glass, add the Prosecco or another Brut sparkling wine, the Aperol and watermelon juice then top with a splash of the ginger juice, garnish with a slice of watermelon, and serve. 

Footnotes

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This recipe is part of a #drinkthesummer event along with some of our favorite food friends. To toast the summer before it's through, we're sharing our favorite warm weather drinks:

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