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Watermelon Bliss

June 30, 2009

Watermelons screams summer to me and it is actually my favorite fruit. I could probably eat half of an entire watermelon in one sitting, although my stomach would hate me, that’s how much I love this fruit. When I was young, I used to split an entire watermelon open and just sit there with one half scooping the melon out and devouring every juicy bite. I created this recipe after looking at the abundance of fruits I had in my fridge. I had bought one of those small watermelons a week ago and still haven’t had a chance to eat it yet. There isn’t a difference in taste between small and large watermelons, I just prefer the smaller ones because it is easier to cut up and actually fits in my fridge. Does anyone know where I can get yellow watermelons? I’m not sure if they even sell it here, but I’ve had them before in Taiwan. Anyways, this recipe is so refreshing for a hot summer day. I’ve recently taken up swimming and this is the perfect drink for my parched mouth after an intense workout in the pool. The hint of lime gives the drink a slight sour punch in contrast to the sweet watermelon flavor. The splash of orange juice creates enough natural sweetness to the drink that you don’t need to add any sugar. I used to make watermelon juice at the boba shop I worked at in high school and I would load up the watermelon juice with simple syrup. Although tasty and extremely sweet, it is not necessary and completely masks the natural sweetness of the fresh fruit. Enjoy this summer treat!

*This recipe would also be awesome in popsicle form. I haven’t tried it yet, but I imagine it would be very tasty. Also, if you are feeling a little “wild”, a couple splashes of vodka would work nicely in this mix. Serve the entire drink mixture in a watermelon bowl (cut off 1/4 inch of the bottom of a watermelon so it stays flat on the table and scoop out the melon).Garnish with a mint and you have a refreshing, low-calorie beverage!

Watermelon Bliss

Serves 1

2 cups watermelon cubes

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (I think fresh vs bottled OJ makes a huge difference, after squeezing my own oranges, I can’t go back to drinking OJ out of a carton)

juice of 1 lime

handful of crushed ice

Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse. I like mine a little chunky with bits of watermelon and ice so I don’t blend it for very long. Garnish with a couple watermelon balls and mint.

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