Thursday, July 24, 2014

Watermelon Lemon Fresca

Refreshing! That's what they'll say about this drink. It's got watermelon, lemon juice, a hint of mint, and sparkling water. Substitute champagne for the sparkling water for a refreshing version with a punch.


1/4 cup water
2 Tbs. sugar
4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
zest of one lemon
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup sparkling water or champagne
mint leaves

Directions:  Mix the water and sugar in a microwave safe cup. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir to dissolve the sugar. Place the watermelon, along with the sugar water, zest and lemon juice in a blender. Whirl until the watermelon is pureed. Stir in the sparkling water. Pour over ice. Garnish with mint leaves, or muddle them with the ice cubes before you add the watermelon fresca.

Serves 4, easily doubled

Stealthy Cooking Tip:  Watermelon is refreshing any way you serve it. While watermelon is a sweet fruit, it's also boasts lots of good fiber, making it a nutritious addition to any summer meal. Many recipes call for straining out the pulp, but this recipe keeps the pulp, making it part of the nutritious goodness of this drink. Enjoy the refreshment!

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