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Watermelon Rosé Fresca

Watermelon Rosé Fresca

What are you sipping on for the upcoming National Rosé Day? Mix up the Watermelon Rosé Fresca! It’s a delicious and refreshing combination of ingredients that’s the perfect cocktail to enjoy this holiday. 

I partnered with Domaine Carneros to mix up this Watermelon Rosé Fresca recipe! Recipe and ideas are my own.

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The Watermelon Rosé Fresca

Summer is here and it’s almost National Rosé Day! How many more reasons do you need to try this light, bubbly, and refreshing Watermelon Rosé Fresca?! In case you needed one more this cocktail is made with one of my favorite brands, Domaine Carneros. Their Brut Rosé is the best! It’s fresh, fruity, and floral for the ideal addition to this delicious drink. 

Watermelon Rosé Fresca

Ingredients for the Watermelon Rosé Fresca

  • Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé: This light, fruity, and floral sparkling wine exudes notes of rose petal, honeysuckle, and grilled peaches. 
  • Watermelon juice: fresh watermelon juice makes this cocktail sweet and so refreshing. I recommend using a blender or a juicer to make your own watermelon juice. Keep reading to see how I make watermelon juice.  
  • Lemon: a squeeze of fresh lemon adds some exciting citrus notes which balance well with the Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé and the watermelon juice. 
  • Elderflower liqueur: This subtly sweet floral liqueur is a great addition to this cocktail. For this recipe, I used Fiorente Elderflower Liqueur, but you can also substitute this for agave syrup, or simple syrup. 
  • Sparkling water: Top this tipple with a splash of sparkling water. I used La Croix but you could also substitute this for your preferred sparkling water brand. 
  • Garnish: garnish this cocktail with a fresh piece of watermelon, lemon wedge, and edible flower for a finished look! It’s optional to add a fresh mint spring for a pop of color.

What Wine Should You Use for the Watermelon Rosé Fresca?

I recommend using a premium wine for this cocktail since there are only 5 ingredients, you’ll want to make sure they’re quality. For this cocktail, I used Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé which is the perfect summertime sparkling wine because it’s light but also bursting with fresh notes of rose petal, honeysuckle, and grilled peaches. This varietal is a favorite among enthusiasts. It’s not strong or overpowering but still emphasizes the fruity and floral characteristics. 

Domaine Carneros produces some of the highest quality wines. Located in Napa Valley and sprawling into Sonoma County, California where their Estate Vineyards now total 400 acres dedicated to growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Domaine Carneros was established in 1987 by the same noble family behind the famous French brand, Champagne Taittinger. Their winery is available for tours and tastings or private events! Plan your visit here and check out the classically beautiful Domaine Carneros Château for yourself!

Watermelon Rosé Fresca

How to Make the Watermelon Rosé Fresca & Watermelon Juice

I love making this Watermelon Rosé Fresca because you put it together in one glass in under 5 minutes! 

First, let’s prep our watermelon juice. Start by adding your sliced watermelon to a blender and make sure the rind is cut off too. I like to fill the blender up and make excess juice to have on hand for the next few days. Next, blend this up until smooth (you may need to add a splash of water for consistency). Use a fine mesh strainer over a pitcher and pour the watermelon mixture through the strainer. Using a wooden spoon or spatula press any excess juice. Pour the watermelon juice into an airtight, sealable jar and use it over the next few days. 

Now that your watermelon juice is prepped, let’s make the Watermelon Rosé Fresca! Start by adding the watermelon juice, elderflower liqueur, a squeeze of lemon juice, and Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé to a cocktail glass (I used this glass) with ice. Then, top off the glass with sparkling water and stir with a bar spoon. If desired, garnish with watermelon, lemon wedge, and edible flowers. Enjoy!

Watermelon Rosé Fresca

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Watermelon Rosé Fresca

Prep Time3 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: summer cocktail
Yield: 1

Equipment

  • Cocktail glass
  • Bar spoon

Materials

  • 2 oz watermelon juice
  • ¾ oz elderflower liqueur
  • lemon wedge
  • 4 oz Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé
  • Sparkling water
  • Garnish: watermelon, lemon, edible flowers

Instructions

  • Add watermelon juice, elderflower liqueur, a squeeze of lemon juice and Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé to a cocktail glass with ice.
  • Top off the glass with sparkling water and stir. If desired, garnish with watermelon, lemon and edible flowers.

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