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Watermelon Wine Cocktail Featuring Chardonnay Salt

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This recipe was developed by the Food Network's Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and features the Chardonnay Salt from our Limited Edition Chardonnay & Cabernet Sauvignon Salt Set. You can find more recipes featuring these unique salts at www.woodbridgewines.com.

A few notes from Chef Guarnaschelli about the recipe:
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 flakes are too large, 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!

*This recipe requires preparation at least 1 day before serving.

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 Chardonnay Salt
1 lime

INSTRUCTIONS
Puree 4 cups of the watermelon and Chardonnay wine in the blender until smooth. Pour into a 14-cube square ice cube tray, filling each cube to the brim. Freeze. Save remaining watermelon wrapped in the refrigerator. Watermelon cubes can be prepared 1-2 days before serving.

To make the simple syrup, heat and stir the water and sugar in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolves, 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly before storing in the refrigerator. Simple syrup can be prepared 2-3 days before serving.

When you are ready to make the cocktails, add a sprinkle of Chardonnay Salt to the remaining watermelon and set aside.

Slice a lime lengthwise into quarters. Run the lime wedges around the rim of 4 highball glasses. Sprinkle the remaining Chardonnay 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.

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