It’s summertime, so what better way to celebrate the warm weather than with a delicious cocktail? Closer Weekly exclusively chatted with Food Network chef Alex Guarnaschelli about the best way to cool down in the coming months, and she showed us how to make the yummy Woodbridge chardonnay watermelon cocktail with Jacobsen chardonnay salted rims. Watch the video above to see Alex’s helpful tutorial!

Now, it’s time to make it yourself! Find the yummy recipe below.

Watermelon Cocktail

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 12-15 minutes (inactive)

Servings: 4 cocktails

Watermelon Ice Cube 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 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 10 ounces (1 ¼ cups) sparkling water
  • 1 ½ – 2 tablespoons Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi x Jacobsen Chardonnay Salt
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Make the watermelon ice cubes: Puree 4 cups of the watermelon and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay in the blender until smooth. Pour into a 14-cube square ice cube tray. Fill each to the brim. Freeze. Set aside the remaining cup of watermelon.

Make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, heat and stir the water and sugar until the sugar dissolves, 2-3 minutes. Cool. Separately, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the wine salt on the remaining watermelon. Refrigerate.

Make the cocktails: Lightly wet each rim of 4 highball glasses with a little Chardonnay. Sprinkle the remaining 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.