Watermelon is one of the best parts of summer. If you’re at all like me you may get a little over zealous at times. If something is priced per piece, or perhaps per watermelon, I am going to find the biggest one in the store – even if I can barely lift it into my cart by myself. I’m just
thrifty cheap that way.
Well, it’s only saving money if you use the whole thing. I may have over bought on watermelon in the past a time or two (or dozens). You know, those big ones that can’t possibly fit in the fridge. Even if you cut it up you would need a whole fridge for the giant tupperware containers full of that juicy watermelon. What do you do then? Read on, rejoice with me and never throw out any watermelon again!
This recipe was also submitted to the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck which is now happening every week!
At Eat Write Retreat the Watermelon Board taught us that the easiest and most portable to use up the watermelon you have is to make watermelon juice. Now that makes a lot of sense. Be sure to follow them on Facebook.
It sounds much harder than it is, but you can use that to your advantage and be impressive at a moment’s notice. You do not need a fancy juicer or even a high-speed blender to juice your watermelon.
It’s so simple and easy – just add cut up watermelon into your blender and blend as smooth as you can, then strain it through a fine mesh strainer. This removes the fibrous pieces and leaves you with watermelon juice. Ta-da!
Now that you have a pitcher of deliciously refreshing watermelon juice that you can even drink as is, if you can’t bear to wait any longer. But I say let’s fancy it up a little more.
Mix in the juice of 2 limes and lightly sweeten with liquid stevia, stevia simple syrup or sweetener of your choice. I would definitely sweeten to taste since one watermelon could be sweeter than another.
You could also toss in some fresh herbs like mint or lemon balm to the blender with the watermelon chunks. I wanted the botanicals in the gin to shine through so if you are using a really good gin you might want to leave out the herbs too. However if you’re drinking it plain or with vodka the herbs would be fantastic!
I just purchased a new-to-me bottle of gin – Uncle Val’s. It may be the best gin I’ve ever had. It has the traditional juniper, adds in some cucumber flavor like Hendrick’s does, and goes even further with lemon, sage and lavender. Describing it does not do it justice. My guest kept sipping it straight because the combination is so beautiful. Trust me on this one and try it if you like gin at all.
Serves: 6 servings
- 6 cups seedless and peeled watermelon chunks
- 2 limes
- 8 drops liquid stevia or 2 small packets NuStevia (or sweetener of your choice, to taste)
- 1 ounce of gin per serving, optional
- Add the water melon to a blender and blend well. If you have a high speed blender it will take about 1 minute, but if you have a less powerful one it could take 3 to 4 minutes.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowel with a pour spout. Pour into a serving pitcher.
- Add in lime juice and stevia, stir and serve. You can garnish with a lime or watermelon slice.