Woodbridge Chardonnay Watermelon Cocktail
with Jacobsen Salt Co. & Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Salted Rim
This is one of those cocktails that stuns with the wine-laced watermelon ice cubes. The acidity the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay gives the sweet watermelon is delicious. This recipe can be made in advance, and can be doubled or tripled for a giant pitcher. A note about the wine salt: if your salt is a slightly chunky, don’t be afraid to lightly crush it to make it finer. You can also use the watermelon ice cubes and salted rims for a margarita!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12-15 minutes (inactive)
Servings: 4 cocktails
Watermelon Ice Cube Ingredients:
5 cups fresh watermelon, cubed (no rind, no seeds)
¼ cup Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay
Simple Syrup Ingredients:
½ cup water
2/3 cup sugar
Cocktail Mix Ingredients:
10 ounces (1 ¼ cups) Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
10 ounces (1 ¼ cups) sparkling water
1 ½ - 2 tablespoons Jacobsen Salt Co. & Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Salt
Make the watermelon ice cubes: Puree 4 cups of the watermelon and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay in the blender until smooth. Pour into a 14-cube square ice cube tray. Fill each to the brim. Freeze. Set aside the remaining cup of watermelon.
Make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, heat and stir the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves, 2-3 minutes. Cool. Separately, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the wine salt on the remaining watermelon. Refrigerate.
Make the cocktails: Lightly wet each rim of 4 highball glasses with a little Chardonnay. Sprinkle the remaining salt in a small dish and coat the rims with a scant, even layer of the remaining salt. In a large bowl, stir together the simple syrup, Chardonnay, lime juice and sparkling water. Add 3 watermelon ice cubes to each highball glass and fill about ¾ full with the mix. Top the liquid in each with a couple pieces of the remaining salted watermelon.