Spicy Green Watermelon Rind Cocktail

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Inspired by 2018 Recipe Contest Entrant Shauna Havey. Crunchy watermelon rinds combine with cucumbers, jalapeño simple syrup, fresh mint, and sparkling wine to create a refreshing, one of a kind drink. Watch the recipe video below.


For garnish


  1. Make a simple syrup by placing the water and sugar into a small sauce pan. Add the jalapeño half to the sugar water and bring to simmer. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then remove from heat. Refrigerate until needed.
  2. Remove the outer green peel from the watermelon rinds with a vegetable peeler and discard. Dice the rind and add it to a blender along with the cucumber. Puree.
  3. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl. Discard pulp and add the juice back to the blender.
  4. Add the simple syrup from step one to the blender along with the triple sec and the mint. Squeeze in the juice from the lime and blend well.
  5. Fill 2 highball glasses with ice. Pour the mixture evenly into each glass, then top with prosecco. Garnish with watermelon wedges, jalapeno slices, and mint sprigs.

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Do you ever drink something that feels healthy? I tried this in 2 ½ batches: 1 original recipe with the Cointreau, 1 with gin instead, and 1 with no booze and a floater of club soda instead of Prosecco. The original is the best! Refreshing, spicy, fizzy and fun. Cheers!