Normally at this time of the year, many of us could be found lounging poolside at a resort in a tropical destination.
But summer 2020 hits a little differently. While it may not have been our first choice to stay home and explore locally this season, we’re adjusting and making it work. In doing so, we’re experimenting with recipes that epitomize summer.
Passionate to make something truly thirst-quenching — that requires minimal effort and ingredients — we found our way to the Watermelon Bellini. Not only does this spin on a classic cocktail taste phenomenal, but you only need four ingredients to prepare it.
Best of all, it can be served in a supremely Instagrammable watermelon.
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With the temperatures rising outside, something sugar-free that can cool you down — pronto — is as valuable as an AC unit. After a quick trip to the store, we had everything we needed to make the Watermelon Bellini: Nude Watermelon Vodka Soda (two cans), a watermelon, lime, and some mint sprigs.
One thing to note before making this summer beverage is that it takes just 10 minutes to prepare and it serves four, leaving you with sips for yourself and those in your bubble.
First, we cut the watermelon in half and scooped out each side with a spoon, creating two hollow watermelon bowls. Next, we took the watermelon filling from one half, added it to a blender with the juice of half a lime, and poured in a can of Nude Watermelon Vodka Soda.
The blender was set at a low speed, and when the mixture was ready, we carefully poured it into the empty watermelon bowl. The exact same process followed for the other half of the watermelon. When the surprisingly easy (but pretty impressive) drink was ready to go, we added some mint sprigs as a finishing garnish.
For aesthetic purposes (and the sheer fun of it), we decided to serve and enjoy the summer cocktail directly from the watermelon. Another option would be to pour it into a sizeable wine glass and serve it with a straw. Whatever you choose, the results are more bragworthy than any drinks served in coconuts or fishbowls.
If you’re ready to try the Watermelon Bellini at home, or if you’re looking for more easy-to-make and sugar-free summer recipes, head to Nude Beverages on Instagram.
- 2 cans of Nude Watermelon Vodka Soda
- 1 large watermelon
- 1 lime
- A few sprigs of mint
- Cut your watermelon in half. Scoop out both sides to create two hollow watermelon bowls.
- In two batches, take the watermelon filling from one half and add it to your blender. Squeeze in half a lime. Add a can of Nude Watermelon Vodka Soda to follow. Put the blender on at low speed.
- Slowly pour the mixture into your hollow watermelon. Follow the same process for the other half.
- Use mint leaves to garnish each watermelon segment filled with Watermelon Bellini. Enjoy straight from the watermelon or serve in a large wine glass.