On Tuesday, hubby and I decided to take a trip to a neighboring town, called Bastrop. We putzed around in the historical downtown district, which was really neat. A lot of the old buildings were restored, without losing that sweet original charm, and turned into varying businesses. There was even a little walking area and park along the Colorado River, which we went down, despite it being 108 degrees outside. We visited a few farmer’s markets while we were there too. While most of the markets are dwindling down, getting ready for their fall/winter crops, we still scored some okra, cucumbers and a big juicy watermelon.
The lady we bought the watermelon from told us how she used some of the leftover watermelons she had to make 4 GALLONS of juice. I guess I never really thought about turning watermelon into “juice”, but I was intrigued. She was super friendly, and even gave us a recipe (that I will NOT be making) for pickled watermelon rind. We were both so perplexed by the concept of pickled watermelon rind! Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE pickles, and my hubby loves pickled eggs. I have even had pickled Northern Pike (fish) growing up, but pickled watermelon rind sounded pretty unappealing. But, being the sweet lady she was, she busted open a jar she had and let us both try it. Hey, I’ll try anything once. It wasn’t terrible, but it tasted like old fashioned clove candy. You know the kind I’m talking about, the ones that you can smell and even taste the clove about a mile away? That is how these were. The texture was a little different, not bad, but man was the clove and ginger overpowering. I guess if clove is your thing, you might want to give pickled watermelon rind a try.
So back to the point of my story. We got a HUGE watermelon. There was no way we could eat all of it!! I decided yesterday to try out the whole “juicing” idea and made about 1/2 gallon. It was pretty easy to do! All you do is take your cubed and seeded watermelon and mix it up in your blender (a food processor may work if you don’t have a blender). Since watermelon is, get this, mostly water, you don’t need to add any liquid to it.
The watermelon “juice” was just fine by itself, but I got to thinking that maybe I could make a refreshing summer drink. I had some limes, a little bit of simple syrup left over from another recipe, and some club soda. I combined all of those things and came up with a little Watermelon Lime Spritzer. Perfect for cooling off from the summer heat (at least the summer heat has no signs of ending soon here).
It’s pretty easy to put together. Juice 2-3 limes and add in with the pureed watermelon. Pulse a few times to incorporate. Fill a glass 1/2-3/4 way full, add a splash or two of club soda and simple syrup to taste (will depend on how sweet your watermelon is). Voila! Easy, refreshing Watermelon Lime Spritzer!
- 5 cups cubed and seeded watermelon
- 2-3 limes
- simple syrup (2 parts water, 1 part sugar, heated until sugar dissolves)
- club soda
Puree cubed watermelon in a blender. Add in juice from limes and pulse a few times to mix.
Pour watermelon-lime juice into a glass 1/2-3/4 way full. Add in splash or two of club soda, and simple syrup to taste.
Mix well, and garnish with lime slice.
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