Monday, August 13, 2012
Refreshing Watermelon & Honey Drink!
This is a great way to enjoy watermelon that's a bit past its prime. The original recipe, called Watermelon Agua Fresca, came from Miriam Rubin in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her recipe calls for three tablespoons of granulated sugar, but in our humble opinion, honey adds a certain je ne sais quoi that really makes this drink delicious. It's cold, frothy and a bit thick--and very refreshing. If you'd like it thinner, add some more ice water. I also found that to get the blender really humming it helps to chop the watermelon into small chunks. Robert added a splash of vodka to his, which takes the drink to another level--but it's wonderful on its own!
Watermelon & Honey Drink
8 cups seedless watermelon cut into small chunks (about 1/2 of a large, seedless watermelon)
1 cup ice water with ice cubes
3 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup lemon or lime juice (I used lime juice and think it's the best flavor--the recipe calls for fresh juice, which is also the best flavor, but I didn't have that many limes hanging around and the bottled was just fine)
ice cubes and mint leaves for serving--always nice.
Puree the watermelon chunks in three batches, with 1/3 cup of water and 1 tablespoon honey added to each batch. Put the puree in a pitcher and then stir in the lime juice. Taste and add more lime juice or honey if necessary--if you're adding the honey at the end like this, you might want to put some of the puree in a blender with the extra honey to be sure it dissolves in to the drink well. Cover and chill--or pour over ice. Makes about 8 glasses.