If there’s one fruit that screams summer, it is watermelon.Who doesn’t have a memory of a watermelon seed spitting contest or eating a triangle of perfectly ripe watermelon over the sink with juices dripping down your chin? The melon season is going strong here in Washington and we’ve been getting some beautiful watermelons and cantaloupes this year. But what do you do when you get a melon that’s just not quite ripe enough to be perfect? You look for recipes that feature the melon, but add some other flavors to make up for what the melon lacks on its own.
We recently picked up the book Homemade Soda, and we immediately started flipping through the book looking for ideas. As it turned out, there were two watermelon recipes listed and we had enough melon for both of them! So we started chopping, blending, straining, and mixing. A few minutes later, we had two delicious, refreshing, and sweet glasses of summer perfection.
Watermelon Mint Cordial from Homemade Soda
- 1 pound watermelon, rind removed and cut into chunks
- 1/4 cup agave nectar, honey, or simple syrup
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
- Combine the watermelon, agave nectar, mint leaves, and white wine vinegar in a blender.
- Process until smooth.
- Strain the puree over a bowl and discard the pulp.
- Mix equal parts watermelon mint cordial and sparkling water. Garnish with a mint leaf.
- Refrigerate unused portion for up to a week.
- 4 pounds of watermelon, cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Process the watermelon and water in a blender until smooth.
- Strain the puree in a fine sieve over a bowl and discard the pulp.
- Mix 2/3 watermelon juice with 1/3 sparkling water
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