How First Vine Beats the Heat

Dang, it’s hot.

The weather is supposed to break tonight, but you may not last that long without something tall, cool and refreshing.  So, quickly – run to Harris Teeter right now, pick up a watermelon and stick it in the fridge.  The HT’s in our area have “personal sized” (meaning it will actually fit in your refrigerator) seedless watermelons grown in SC for $3.99 apiece!  Then around 5:00 or so, whip up a batch of tall cool and refreshing watermelon champagne cocktails … recipe below.

No need to break out your finest champagne,  but don’t resort to Andre either.  Try this with a moderately priced sparkling wine ; First Vine’s “Methode Ancestrale” Brut ($18) for example.    “Methode Ancestrale” is a sparkling wine made from 100% Mauzac, the region’s oldest varietal. Mauzac is a grape that can be either fruity, sweet, dry, or spicy depending on vinification, but it has a sort of pear and green apple flavor that comes through. This is the brut version of the “Methode Gaillacoise,” one of our best sellers. It’s dry but not bone-dry, crisp, and fresh.

You’re Welcome.

Nothing like the cool, crisp taste of watermelon on these hot days!

Watermelon Sparkling Wine Cocktails (Serves 6-8)


5 cups seedless watermelon, cubed

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, crushed  (or a combination of mint and basil leaves)

1/2 cup vodka, chilled

1/4 cup triple sec

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled


Process watermelon cubes in a blender on high until smooth then strain.

Measure out 2 cups juice, add mint, stir then chill 30 minutes.

Add vodka, triple sec, lime juice and 1 cup ice and stir.

Remove mint leaves.

Fill tall highball glasses with ice and pour 1/3 cup watermelon mixture into each.

Top off with the sparkling wine and gently stir.

Garnish with watermelon cubes and lime slices.

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2 Responses to How First Vine Beats the Heat

  1. This sounds like just the ticket to beat the heat! I usually make Watermelon Daqueries (frozen watermelon cubes blended & add vodka) but I love the addition of bubbly! Thanks for the recipe.

    • firstvine says:

      Hi Eileen, I dig the frozen watermelon and vodka thing as well .. They are perfectly wonderful by themselves! The sparkling wine addition, if you have some around, is also nice bc it provides a little bite and sparkle 😉

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