Tequila-Watermelon Aguas Frescas with Prosecco

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In this refreshing cocktail, Prosecco adds a lively spritz to a light, watermelon-forward margarita. If you happen to have a juicer on hand, you can certainly use it here. Slideshow:  More Watermelon Drinks 

Tequila-Watermelon Aguas Frescas with Prosecco
Summer definitely calls for something fresh, bright and fizzy. These agua frescas will be your barbecue or summer dinner party go-to this season. In this refreshing cocktail, Prosecco adds a lively spritz to a light, watermelon-forward margarita. If you happen to have a juicer on hand, you can certainly use it here. Photo: ADRIAN GAUT
Total Time:
30 mins
Yield:
12 drinks

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 chilled seedless watermelon (15 pounds), rind discarded and watermelon cubed (20 cups)

  • 3/4 cup tequila blanco

  • 6 limes, thinly sliced

  • 3 mint sprigs, plus mint leaves for garnish

  • Ice

  • 1 bottle chilled Prosecco

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and bring just to a boil, stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. Transfer the simple syrup to a heatproof bowl and let cool.

  2. In a food processor or blender, puree the watermelon in batches until smooth. Strain the puree into a large bowl or pitcher. Stir in the simple syrup, tequila, lime slices, 3 mint sprigs and 1/2 cup of water.

  3. To serve, pour the watermelon agua fresca into ice-filled glasses, leaving 1 inch at the top. Top off the drinks with Prosecco and garnish with mint leaves.

Make Ahead

The strained watermelon juice can be refrigerated overnight.

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