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Sparkling Watermelon Cooler

This recipe and photography was provided courtesy of local cookbook author and chef, Carla Snyder. Learn more about Carla and discover her recipes at or in her cookbook, One Pan Whole Family. For more recipes from this watermelon series, click here to visit the index

Lovely to look at and delicious to drink, this simple watermelon cooler takes a spritzer to the next level. Start with a dry sparkling wine like prosecco for a drink that’s not too sweet but just fruity enough to make any day a celebration.

It’s that easy: Midori is a melon liquor. Very sweet and bright green, it’s heavier than water so it sits at the bottom of a glass if gently drizzled down the side. I don’t use it so much for taste as for a pretty effect so the drink is delicious without it, but prettier with it.

Sparkling Watermelon Cooler
Sparkling Watermelon Cooler
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  • Watermelon juice
  • Sparkling white wine or prosecco
  • Midori liquor
  • Watermelon slices as garnish


  1. Add 1-oz watermelon juice to a flute glass and top with sparkling white wine.
  2. Pour Midori onto a large tablespoon and drizzle it slowly down the inside of the glass. You’ll see it settle on the bottom.
  3. Add another spoon if you need to and garnish with the watermelon slice.

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Carla Snyder in her kitchen
By Carla Snyder
Carla has spent the past 30 years in the food world as a caterer, artisan baker, cooking school teacher, food writer and author of 6 cook books including the James Beard nominated Big Book of Appetizers. Her passion is sharing fresh, cooked-from-scratch weeknight meals that cut prep time and practically eliminate that nightly sink full of dishes.

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