At the end of last summer, we walked to a Farmers Market a few blocks from our house. Spying a table filled with watermelons, the kids BEGGED to have one. Looking at their hot and sweaty faces, I agreed to buy one. AND HAULED IT THE SEVERAL BLOCKS BACK TO OUR HOUSE. We immediately sat down and cut off a few big slabs. I handed them over, they took a bite, and declared it GROSS. Certain they were exaggerating, I took a bite, and had to admit that while it wasn’t inedible, it wasn’t a very good watermelon. Sort of mealy and somewhat flavorless; no one wanted to eat it. A large, unwieldy watermelon that I CARRIED FOR BLOCKS that NO ONE WANTED TO EAT.
Determined not to waste it, I chopped it up into chunks, pureed the whole thing in the blender, set it over a fine mesh strainer to collect the juice. I divided the juice into 2 c. portions and froze it. And promptly forgot about it until I recently cleaned out the freezer and discovered several containers of frozen watermelon juice.
Watermelon juice on its own is mild and not very sweet. Drinking it on its own, it feels a little bit bland. It is refreshing and light, but still, no one really wanted to have more than a taste until we boosted it up. In a large pitcher, we mixed together a can of frozen lemonade concentrate to add the sweet & sour that the watermelon lacked, and fizzed it up with some club soda. The resulting punch was perfectly sweet and tart. So easy to make, and a great way to use up watermelon should you find yourself with any overripe or not-that-tasty watermelon on hand.
Side note: To my adult and booze-lovin’ friends – consider this a base for your new summertime cocktail. Add some rum or vodka for a light and refreshing drink. Also, it would be delicious with champagne for a Bellini-like cocktail.
5 c. ripe watermelon, cubed
12 oz can lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 liter club soda
Puree watermelon in blender. Place a fine mesh strainer over a large bowl, and pour puree into the strainer. As the liquid drips through, press the watermelon with the back of a spoon to remove as much liquid as possible. Let sit until most of the liquid has been removed, then discard remaining solids.
In a large pitcher, mix together watermelon juice and lemonade concentrate, and stir well to combine. Add club soda and stir gently to mix.
Serve over ice. Stir as needed to keep well-mixed.
Estimated calories: 139 cal/serving
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