I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need something other than water to quench my thirst. This cooling watermelon fresca, made with mint and coconut water is hydrating, filling, thirst quenching and really, really yummy. I used the eye ball method to make it, but I’ll try to recreate the experience in a formal recipe.
Watermelon (I used half of a mini watermelon, which was about 2 cups, and made about 2 servings worth. If you use an entire 6-8lb watermelon, you will have many servings worth.)
About 1/2 cup coconut water (obviously if you are using more watermelon, use more coconut water)
A bunch of mint – I used about 6-10 leaves
Cut Watermelon into cubes, toss into blender.
Add coconut water and mint leaves and blend.
I really did not find a need to add sweetener. The watermelon is plenty sweet. Lime juice would be a nice addition either as a garnish or in the actual drink.
And since it’s Friday morning, and happy hour somewhere, make it into a cocktail and add 1-2 oz of vodka!
We’re having a heat wave in Southern California, I don’t feel like cooking, and it’s finally Friday. So I thought I’d make some thyme infused lemonade to sip on until the evening hour rolls around, and then I look forward to spiking Mr. Lemonade with Ms. Gin. Here’s what I did:
1.5 cups sugar (2 cups if you like it sweet)
1 cup water
About 5-8 sprigs of thyme
2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (About 5 lemons)
3.5 cups of cold water
Boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Add the sugar (if you prefer a sweeter lemonade, combine 2 cups sugar to 1 cup water) and the sprigs of thyme. Allow the thyme and sugar mixture come to a boil, for about 30 seconds. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool down.
Squeeze juice of 5 lemons in a lemon juicer (or by hand if you’re up for the challenge – just make sure to keep the seeds out). Combine the lemon juice and 3 1/2 cups water with the thyme-sugar water. Refrigerate.
Once the evening hour rolls around, feel free to spike your lemonade with some gin or vodka, or do as I learned from some dear Canadian friends, make beer lemonade – fill up half a glass of light beer (there are a lot of great Summer brews out right now!) and half of the lemonade. Sit back, and inhale the hot air!