Frozen Watermelon Bellini
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This light and refreshing Frozen Watermelon Bellini is a fun Summer cocktail recipe made with fresh watermelon and bubbly Prosecco.
It’s officially Summer! The pool is open, the kids are out of school, and I’ve had my first Summer cookout. Of course, I made sliders and brats and all sorts of good stuff, but I think it’s safe to say that this Frozen Watermelon Bellini was the star of the party. This delicious frozen cocktail is icy and bubbly, and it tastes just like Summer should.
Traditionally, a Bellini is made with Prosecco sparkling wine and peach puree, but I wanted to make my Bellini taste like a sip of Summer, and to me, that taste is watermelon. During the Summer you’ll always find a watermelon on my counter, waiting to be cut into. There is just something about that juicy fruit that I can’t resist. So, before the party, I took a fresh, juicy watermelon, sliced it up, and put the pieces in the freezer. While the watermelon slices froze, I also placed a bottle of Riondo Prosecco in the fridge to chill.
I love using Riondo Prosecco in cocktails. It’s a light, fruity, bubbly sparkling wine that makes every drink a little more fun. Like Champagne, the name Prosecco refers to a specific region and grape; in this case, it is the Glera grape, grown in the northeast Veneto region of Italy. I know you’re thinking that Prosecco sounds a little too fancy to use for anything but a special occasion, but that is so not true. Riondo Prosecco is an authentic Italian import, and it’s affordably priced, so you can enjoy it any time, whether it’s with friends at a Summer cookout or at home after work. It’s delicious all on its own, as a sparkling wine, or mixed with juices, fruits, and/or other spirits in a mixed drink.
For this Frozen Watermelon Bellini, I took the frozen watermelon slices out of the freezer and threw them into a blender (minus the rinds), where I pureed them into a beautiful, fresh Summer slush. That watermelon slush goes into a glass, and I filled it the rest of the way with sparkling Riondo Prosecco. The light, fizzy Prosecco goes so well with the sweet, Summer flavor of fresh watermelon. The bubbles and frozen watermelon slush make this Frozen Watermelon Bellini the perfect drink for adding a little fun to hot Summer days!
Frozen Watermelon Bellini
- 5 oz Watermelon, (remove rind)
- 2-3 Tbsp Water, (optional)
- 3 oz Riondo Prosecco
- Mint or Basil for garnish, (optional)
- Slice watermelon and place in freezer for 4 hours to freeze.
- Remove frozen watermelon from freezer and place in a blender. Puree (you can add 2-3 tablespoons of water to help the blender along if you need to).
- Pour watermelon slush into glass.
- Pour Riondo Prosecco over the watermelon slush stirring gently to mix.
- Add mint or basil for garnish. (optional)