Watermelon Mocktail

Nathalie Dupree prepares a summertime cooler using mango, apricot, watermelon and mint. (Chris Hanclosky/Staff)

Watermelon Mango Mocktail

For one or two

Mocktail recipes are not meant to be followed precisely. After all, fruit is not a consistent product, changing in flavor according to the season and the individual fruit's ripeness. So feel free to add whatever you have that will add to the cooling effect! No fancy shaker needed — just use two plastic glasses like my helper Melanie Blanton told me to do. It works fine! — Nathalie Dupree

Ingredients

4 cups watermelon chunks

1 mango, peeled and pit removed (about 2 cups)

1 peach, nectarine or apricot, peeled and pit removed, (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup) optional

1/2 to 1 cup sparkling water, sparkling limeade or other fizzy water

1/2 cup mint leaves

Ice

1 sprig mint for garnish

Directions

Puree watermelon, mango, peach or other optional fruit, sparkling water to taste in blender, food processor, or with immersion blender. Add sparkling water and mint to taste. Shake together with ice. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more water, etc. Pour into tall glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Nathalie Dupree is the author of 14 cookbooks, including the James Beard award-winning “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking.” She lives in Charleston and may be reached through Nathaliedupree.com.