Cherry Melon Mimosa
TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES
1 cup cherries, pitted
1.2 kg watermelon, peeled and chopped
750 mL bottle sparkling rosé, chilled
125 mL orange flavoured liqueur
50 g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Crushed ice, to serve
Place sugar, vanilla, cherries and 80 mL of water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring until sugar dissolves. Then continue to cook without stirring until the cherries are tender and the syrup has thickened. Set aside to cool.
When mixture is cool, blend using an electric blender until smooth. Transfer to a jug and place in the fridge.
Wash out blender and add watermelon, blitzing until smooth. Strain through a sieve to remove any solids then transfer into a jug and place in the fridge to chill.
To serve, divide cherry syrup between glasses. Add watermelon juice, orange liqueur and top with rosé and crushed ice.