Fresh Ideas: A Twist on Watermelon

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It’s barely July, but school’s out for the kids and it feels to me as if summer’s in full swing. The weather’s pretty much scorching already, so I’ve been making lots of cool and refreshing beverages.

I sampled a drink like this at a restaurant called Hundred Acres in New York City recently. Theirs included vodka, and was a little more like a lemonade sweetened with both sugar and watermelon juice: my version is non-alcoholic (though you can certainly add a splash of vodka if you like) and contains no sugar.

 

I don’t have seedless watermelons in my garden just yet, so in the meantime I am making this with melons from the market. In a month or so, I’ll be able to use my own melons…I can’t wait.

Recipe for Spicy Watermelon Lime Cooler

Ingredients:

  • approximately 4 cups/32 ounces cubed seedless watermelon, tossed into a blender
  • juice of 2-3 seeded limes, preferably organic
  • tiny pinch of sea salt
  • 1 jalapeno chile, sliced into 1-2 inch pieces (seed it if you want a mild spicy flavor)

Directions:

  1. Blend the watermelon until smooth (you will end up with about 28 ounces). Add the lime juice and the pinch of sea salt and blend again.
  2. Drop in the sliced jalapeno and allow to infuse the watermelon limeade for 30 minutes or so. The flavor will become more pronounced the longer you leave the jalapeno in…be careful when you are tasting the drink as you don’t want the raw jalapeno to make contact with your lips.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to remove the jalapeno pieces and save in the refrigerator to make another batch of the cocktail. Blend the juice again before serving, then pour into glasses over ice (you can strain the juice before serving, if you like, but I did not find it necessary).
  4. Garnish with additional fresh lime slices.

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