I call these Summery Watermelon Frosé cocktails "adult snow cones" because they are fun and nostalgic for grown ups. They're my regular go-to cocktails for summer get-togethers with friends because they are playful, refreshing...and addictive. This recipe is perfect for July 4th and other outdoor gatherings. A couple pinches of Morton® Fine Sea Salt brings out the fresh, sweet flavor of the watermelon...and it dissolves easily in the mixture before freezing. While you can use tequila, mezcal or vodka, I like to pour chilled rosé over frozen watermelon. Cheers!
Makes 4-6 drinks
- 6 cups seedless watermelon chunks
- 2 pinches Morton® Fine Sea Salt
- 2 cups cold water or fresh watermelon juice
- 1 cup cane sugar
- Juice of 1 lime + zest
- 2½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint + springs for garnish
- 8-12 ounces of rosé
Process the watermelon in a food processor. Puree until smooth. Pour into a medium size mixing bowl. Stir in the water, sugar, lime juice, zest and mint. Mix very well with a whisk.
Pour into a 9"x13" metal baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap.
Place in the freezer for 4 hours until fully frozen or overnight.
Let the pan sit on the counter about 30 minutes before making the cocktails so the watermelon will slightly thaw and shave easily.
Glide an ice cream scoop over the frozen watermelon and fill each 12 oz. glass, capping each of the tops like a snow cone.
Pour 2-3 ounces of rosé over top. Sprinkle a pinch of Morton® Coarse Kosher Salt. Garnish with a wedge of fresh watermelon and a sprig of mint.