Remember when we were younger and watermelons could only be bought in the summer? A cold slice of the juicy red melon was always something to be looked forward to at picnics and bbq’s when the weather was nice. And the seeds! Kind of a pain to eat around, but fun to spit at your friends and try to see who could spit them the farthest. Just don’t accidentally swallow any of the slimy little buggers though — a watermelon will grow in your stomach!
Nowadays you can walk into any grocery store pretty much any time of year and pick up a juicy, sweet melon with no seeds. Isn’t that mind-blowing? I can’t decide how I feel about it — on the one hand, it’s convenient when I’m craving watermelon in the colder seasons, but on the other hand…watermelon is a summer fruit, damnit!
My dad is a champion watermelon selector. He can always tell just by lightly thumping the side of a melon which one is going to be the reddest and sweetest. I, on the other hand, am not so talented. I make a big show of thumping and listening, but all the melons sound exactly the same to me. So, the watermelons I bring home are usually pretty hit or miss. My most recent purchase was kind of a miss. The flesh was more pink than red, and not very sweet. Still refreshing, but not as delicious to eat.
So, what to do with not-so-delicious watermelon? Blend that sucker up and turn it into a light and refreshing summer beverage! Like agua frescas, for example, which are fruit drinks made with blended fruit/water infused with various herbs. Generally non-alcoholic, but if you want to add some tequila, I certainly won’t judge you…
Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca (From The Kitchn)
– 2 lbs seedless watermelon
– 1 cup cold water
– 2 tsp lime juice
– 1 tbsp simple syrup (See below for recipe)
– 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint
(1) Mix 1/4 cup water with 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to bowl over medium-low heat and simmer, without stirring, until all sugar is dissolved.
(2) Remove from heat, then add 1 tbsp chopped mint. Let steep for 15 minutes, and set aside.
(1) Blend watermelon, lime juice, water, and simple syrup.
(2) Strain through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
(3) Serve over ice. Garnish with a mint to keep things classy.