Watermelon cooler

With the weather being nice and all, I went shopping by myself on friday. I combined it with a quiet lunch at Le Pain Quotidien. One of their summer specials in their homemade lemonade section was: Watermelon cooler. Hm, interesting.

You should know, I look forward to summer all year, just so I can eat kilos of watermelon! I love it! A yummie, cold slice of watermelon can taste so good on a summerday. Luckily, Flavie likes it too!

But an entire watermelon is so big. And sometimes, the last bit gets all powdery and bad before I get the chance to eat it. So I figured, why not make some watermelon lemonade myself?

I tried it out on Saturday and yummie! Very refreshing! So I’m more than happy to share the recipe with you. I tested it on Saturday, perfected it on Sunday and today I’m offering it to you guys!

 


 

Watermelon Cooler for hot, summer days!

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 watermelon
  • sugar
  • water
  • 2 limes

 

Instructions:

  • Start by cutting the watermelon in big pieces and add them to the blender.

 

 

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  • Blend the watermelon until you get a smooth ‘puree’. If you melon had seeds in it, you might want to run this through a course strainer before putting it back in your blender.
  • Squeeze the juice from the limes and add it to the watermelon puree.

 

 

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I started with 3 limes, but that was too much!

  • Next, we’ll dissolve the sugar in my lazy woman – method.

 

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  • Add about 6 tablespoons of sugar to a large glass and add hot water until the sugar is fully covered. 
  • Stir well until the sugar is dissolved. 
  • Top it off with cold water until the glass is full and stir well.
  • Add 15 tablespoons of this sugary water to your watermelon-lime puree.
  • Finally, add a glass of ice cold (the colder the better) water to your blender.
  • Blend everything together! 
  • Let your fresh watermelon lemonade rest for a minute to get rid of the foam. Next, pour it into a large glass or beaker.

 

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  • Finish your cooler with a slice of watermelon and a fun straw.
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy your refreshing drink!

 

 

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There you go, an easy drink to enjoy on hot summer days. Also ideal for kids! It’s not terribly sweet, thanks to the sour touch of the lime. Of course, it contains sugar, but not that much, since you only add about 15 tablespoons of sugarwater to a large blender. You can also by syrup and just add that.

I wanted to test with sugar alternatives, like agave syrup, but I was afraid this would alter the taste too much… Stevia is also a possibility but I don’t like the aftertaste of it!

 

And if you’re up for a party? Why not add some wodka (or even a very neutral gin) and you’re good to go!

I'd love to hear from you!