Thursday, July 7, 2011

Watermelon Juice

Am I the only one who has a ton of leftover watermelon from my 4th of July celebration?  Here's a yummy idea of what to do with it!  Cut it into cubes, throw it into the blender with some lime juice and ginger, and have it alongside your avocado toast in the morning!  Or spike it with some vodka for a delicious and refreshing after-work cocktail!

Watermelon Juice

I made my own ginger ale this weekend, and have been using the remaining ginger syrup to sweeten everything, from iced tea to this yummy juice.

2 cups fresh watermelon, cut into large chunks
juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon ginger syrup (recipe follows)

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree.  Pour into a glass (or a mason jar) and serve. 

Serves 1

Ginger Syrup

For making everything sweet and spicy!  I've seen similar recipes several places in the last few days, but my favorite (and the one I referred to while making this) was Joy's.

2 cups chopped fresh ginger
2 cups granulated sugar
6 cups water

Combine all ingredients in a stock pot and simmer for an hour to an hour and a half, until the liquid is reduced and dark brown in color.  Strain the ginger using a fine mesh strainer, and pour syrup into a bottle.  Chill.

Yield: 2 cups ginger syrup

Mix 1-2 tablespoons (depending on how spicy you want it) per 8 ounces of sparkling water for ginger ale, or with iced tea for ginger tea.  Add a squeeze of lemon or lime if you've got it.  Add bourbon if desired. 

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