recipe courtesy P. Allen Smith Garden Home
adapted from Chef Chris Green’s recipe from The Viking Cooking School in Memphis, Tennessee
When the temps creep up past 90 degrees, there are few things more refreshing than a tall glass of lemonade, or a big slice of ice-cold watermelon. So why not combine the two?
The recipe is quite simple, but let me tell you…it is messy to make, or maybe I’m just messy. Have a trash can or a couple of plastic shopping bags nearby to toss all the rinds in, and a sink of hot soapy water ready to wash all the sticky watermelon mess before it gets out of control. The recipe suggests a blender to do the puree work, however, my food processor also has a juicer attachment that I used to juice the 10 lemons. So I used the food processor to puree the fruit as well. Why make yet another mess, right?
If you plan on making this, do it early in the day and pour a little of it into ice-cube trays. Then you can serve it with ice cubes that will not dilute the drink as they melt. It looks pretty with a few frozen raspberries thrown in right before you serve it, too (plus they help to keep it cold). This recipe makes 2 pitchers of the best lemonade you will ever drink…we had it for dessert…in front of the fan. Enjoy!
1 large watermelon, cubed
10 large lemons, juiced
1 cup raspberries, plus extra for garnish
simple syrup: recipe follows (I used 2 cups sugar to 2 cups water)
1. Make the simple syrup and refrigerate it.
2. Place cubed melon and raspberries in blender, or food processor and puree. You will have to do this in batches.
3. Pour mixture into a fine-mesh strainer to strain out the raspberry and watermelon seeds (yes, even seedless watermelons have seeds). Use a spoon to move the pulp around, to allow the liquid through.
4. Into a pitcher, pour the raspberry-watermelon mixture and the fresh lemon juice. Sweeten to your taste with the simple syrup. At this point you have the basic lemonade. Refrigerate at least one hour so it’s nice and cold.
5. When ready to serve; place ice cubes in glass, drop in about 4 frozen raspberries, pour lemonade about 3/4 of the way up and top the glass off with club soda. Add a straw (and a parasol) and you’re good to go.
Simple Syrup: A syrup made of equal parts water and granulated sugar.
1. Mix the two together in a saucepan. Place over med heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. You now have simple syrup, refrigerate and use in teas, lemonades, etc.