Summer is coming to an end
And it is making us all a bit sad. I can’t believe it is September – where did the summer go? Just a few short days left until it is time for K to go back to school. The anxiety is starting for us all as we just aren’t sure how this new year is going to go…we are still working with the school board to determine which school K will attend in the Fall since we are really trying hard to get her into the right class that will allow her to grow and get the support and attention that she both needs and craves. Ahhhh…wish summer could go on a bit longer and we could stay in our happy little cocoon with a happy 7 year old content to blow bubbles and go on road trips.
Holding on with all I can
I’m not ready to let go of summer yet. I’m still experimenting with perfecting summer time sippers and I’m not quite ready for making fall time favourites. Watermelon and limes continue to top my list of fruits to blend into non-smoothie drinks and today is no different. There is just something really wonderful about the sweetness of watermelons that marries well with the tartness of limes. Throw in some mint from the still abundant supply in my backyard garden and I think we may have a winner.
Muddle, Muddle, Muddle
If you ever want to look “fancy” when serving drinks without a lot of extra effort, try adding fresh mint, lime juice and a touch of sugar to the bottom of the glass and muddle a-way. Then add ice, and top up with your drink. I love doing this because it looks good, tastes good and helps me keep my mint supply under control. Don’t save muddling just for Mojitos.
Simple, Easy Watermelon Limeade
As many of you know, we make a lot of lemonade in this house but I also love limeade. Limeade is even better when you add watermelon and its a simple and easy drink to make using your blender. What I love most about my blender is that I can use whole fruit, in this case limes. I just peel them and toss them in the blender with the watermelon, mint and some carbonated water.
My preference is to add just enough carbonated water to get a good mix going on and then strain the mixture into two glasses (with muddled mint) and top it up with carbonated water. I use carbonated water to give it a bit of extra fizz but this will also work with plain old tap or bottled water.
The Final Result
Look at the beautiful colour. Even better than the colour? The taste…I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Sit back, sip on this and pretend it is still August.
- 2 cups watermelon
- 1 lime
- 10 mint leaves
- 750 ml Carbonated Water
- 5 leaves + 1/4 lime + 1/2 tsp sugar in bottom of each glass
- Place 1/4 lime, 5 mint leaves and 1/2 tsp of sugar in the bottom of each glass.
- Muddle, fill with ice and set aside.
- Blend 1 peeled lime, 2 cups watermelon, 10 mint leaves, 1 cup carbonated water and blend until smooth consistency.
- Strain, pour into glasses and top up each with carbonated water.
- Serve and Enjoy.