Watermelon Agua Fresca
(For When You Need Me)


15 cups chopped seedless watermelon (one 10-pound melon)
1/2 quart pink grapefruit juice
1/2 cup chopped mint
Juice from 2 limes
1 quart ginger ale
1 bottle sparkling wine

Purée watermelon in a blender until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and let stand for 15 minutes. Skim foam from surface and discard. Set a fine-mesh sieve over a large pitcher and strain purée into pitcher. Stir in grapefruit juice, ginger ale, mint, lime juice and sparkling wine.

Serve in ice-filled glasses and know how much I love you.