Watermelon do not grow in this part of the country so
finding a ripe one in the grocery store is a thump, thump
process. I hardly ever find one that is just the perfect
ripeness as well as sweet. That is less of a concern now
that I've discovered the overly ripe ones can become a delicious drink.
Half of the last one I bought was fine to eat but the rest was the perfect
candidate for the blender. My frugal sense was rewarded and the
drink did not seem at all like a recyled product.
The color is amazing ... the taste so refreshing on a hot afternoon!
WATERMELON LIME DRINK
4 cups watermelon chunks.
juice of one lime
Chunk or scoop out pieces of watermelon.
In a blender, process watermelon pieces in batches until
smooth. Strain through a fine sieve over a bowl; discard solids.
Add lime juice and enough simple syrup to sweeten to
your liking. Pour into a glass jar with lid and refrigerate until
thoroughly chilled. Serve over ice.
*simple syrup : heat ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar
to boiling. Cook until sugar is dissolved.
Store in refrigerator and use to sweeten fruit drinks or ice tea.