The little ones have gone home again, but the big watermelon that they couldn’t finish remains. So do the sticky pancakes-and-syrup fingerprints and tiny Playmobil people left behind (and apparently terribly missed!) under the deck chairs. The house is pretty quiet without them wiggling and giggling and asking, “What are we going to do next?” We miss them already, but we love our adult routines too.
A relaxing happy hour on the deck seemed like a good idea. With half a watermelon in the refrigerator taking up way too much space, turning it into a refreshing drink was the thing to do. Mixed with cucumber and fresh mint from the garden and some freshly squeezed lime juice, it’s one I want to remember and make again.
Watermelon is not only fun to eat, it’s good for you too. Besides being an antioxidant and containing significant levels of Vitamins A, C and B6, it’s a great source of potassium and it provides more lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable, even more than tomatoes.
Watermelon Limeade with Cucumber and Fresh Mint
- 1 1/2 cups hot water
- 1/4 cup honey
- 4 cups watermelon cubes
- 1 cucumber, peeled
- juice of 3 limes (or lemons if you want lemonade)
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
- Pour hot water over the honey and stir until combined.
- Squeeze the limes (or lemons) to extract the juice.
- Place the watermelon, cucumber, lime or lemon juice and honey mixture in a high-speed blender. Process until smooth.
- Using a fine sieve, strain the juice into a pitcher. Don’t skip this step!
- Add the mint leaves and chill.
- Serve over ice.
We finished off the rest of the melon with these Watermelon Feta Stacks as snacks.
You can keep this drink refreshing, healthy and kid-friendly OR you can add a shot of vodka to it. Alternatively, rim the glass with coarse sea salt, add a shot of tequila and call it a Margarita! What do YOU do with leftover watermelon?