Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Watermelon Syrup for Watermelon Coolers

People everywhere are complaining about the heat. And if they have nice weather, they're not telling anyone, for fear of getting taken out.

So for those of you who are sick of this, and need a little pick-me-up, here's a use for that leftover watermelon. (I had half of one sitting in the fridge getting mealy.)

Watermelon Syrup
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
6 cups watermelon, chopped, seeds and all

Pour the sugar and water in a large pot and heat over medium until the sugar is dissolved. Dump in the chopped watermelon and let sit 2 or 3 hours. Pour the mixture into a large pitcher through a strainer, pressing down on the watermelon to get all the liquid out. Refrigerate in a sealed container. It will keep a couple of weeks in the fridge.

Watermelon Cooler
Juice of one lime (about 2 Tbs.)
1/2 seltzer
1/2 watermelon syrup 

Fill a glass with crushed ice, then add the juice of one big lime. If you've got one of those dinky, dry, little stingy limes with no juice, you may want to use a couple. Fill half the glass with seltzer and then fill the other half with watermelon syrup. Stir.

This would lend itself well to vodka or gin. Or, you know... white rum might also be good. Ooo! With some crushed lime! Like a Watermelon Mojito! Yes! And actually, now that we're on the topic of alcoholic beverages, tequila wouldn't be half-bad with this either.

But it's also pretty refreshing without the alcohol. And kids would probably dig it.

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