Drink of the Week: Watermelon Sparkler

Succulent and sweet, the watermelon is a delicious summer staple that you can enjoy in a whole new way with this week’s drink of the week, Watermelon Sparkler from the Water Star Grille at the Reeds at Shelter Haven.

Bartender Chris made us this cool cocktail by first pouring organic Prairie Cucumber Vodka, homemade watermelon shrub and simple syrup in a glass. The watermelon shrub is a drinking vinegar made in-house at the Reeds with champagne vinegar, basil, watermelon and sugar. Chris then added ice, shook up the mixture, poured it over fresh ice and topped it with some club soda. Appropriately, he garnished the cocktail with a crisp cucumber wheel; finally, it was ready for us to indulge in its refreshing flavors. Although a pale pink color dominated the mixture, the cucumber flavor was evident, and the taste of watermelon shone through to create a light, natural sweetness that anyone would enjoy on a hot summer day.

Kick back at the Water Star Grille with a Watermelon Sparkler in hand. With spectacular bay views and a relaxing yet lively vibe, you’ll be sure to escape into bliss. If you just can’t get enough watermelon, head back to Water Star Grille on Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the seventh annual Reeds & Seeds Watermelon Festival, featuring a watermelon eating contest, the Reeds & Seeds King & Queen contest, family-friendly entertainment, watermelon treats and beverages, crafts, games, activities and more!