In honor of the first official day of summer this week I wanted to create an easy, refreshing cocktail to enjoy in this amazing, sunshiny weather. I also went down a rabbit hole the other day reading about cocktails prepared and served in a French press and immediately thought: “I HAVE TO TRY THIS.” With those two pieces of inspiration in my pocket, I concocted a watermelon and mint rosé wine spritzer and could not be happier with the results. The flavor from the mint and watermelon are subtle, but elevate this cocktail to the next level.
- Rosé of your choice (I used a crisp, light rosé called La Vieille Ferme)
- Watermelon cubes
- Mint leaves
- Orange bitters
- Club soda
- Fill the bottom of the French press with several cubes of watermelon and a sprig of mint. Top with a few drops of orange bitters (tip: the orange bitters seem like an ingredient you could skip, but trust me it makes a huge difference in the taste – trust me, I forgot to add it in the first time).
- Fill the French press almost all of the way with rosé, leaving enough room to put the press back in without it overflowing.
- Let the ingredients hang out for 5-10 minutes, and then plunge the mixture. This will help release any extra juices from the watermelon.
- Pour the Rosé mix into small tasting glasses, top with a splash of club soda, and garnish with a mint leaf.
This cocktail may be the lightest, most refreshing drink I’ve ever made. The combination of flavors are crisp, and not at all overwhelming. Plus, the presentation is really cool and will look really impressive to a group of friends, even though the actual execution is so easy.
Give these cocktails and let me know what you think! I’d also love to hear your favorite summer-time cocktails so I can give them a try too.