When it’s hot and steamy outside, all I want to do is drink, drink, drink. And the colder the better. My drink of choice this summer has been raspberry-mint smoothies made with apple cider and blended with ice – something about the mint just brightens up the overall flavor and cools you from the inside out without tasting of toothpaste. I first had one at the Seedlings stand at a Green City Market visit in late May and I’ve been making it at home ever since.
But last week, after sampling some summer perfect watermelons at Fresh Farms I just had to take a huge wedge home and try it out in a drink too. The one below has the watermelon mixed with some fresh lime juice and the sweetness is slightly tempered with a dash of salt. The lime functions much like the mint did in the raspberry smoothie, bringing out the freshness of the watermelon without being too obvious. When blending add a little cold water if the watermelon needs some loosening up and feel free to add some sweetener if the watermelon is a little under ripe. Serve over ice, find a shaded spot outside and sit back and enjoy.