Mint & Watermelon Delight

Oh, watermelon in the summertime… it is truly one of life’s simplest joys. It’s easier to forget about my woes sittin’ on the porch eating watermelon with my pals, and if I’m lucky some fireflies, too. Life can be tough, so it is important to craft these moments to dissolve into joy. For me, committing time to self-care and cooking for people I care about is oftentimes how I dissolve into delight.

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While at the beach with my family, I started experimenting with watermelon drinks! I recently discovered that the secret to watermelon drinks, thanks to my genius brother…

Freeze the watermelon first!

(By the way, the watermelon chunks are delicious to eat by themselves, a healthier alternative to a popsicle.)  You can make this recipe without freezing watermelon but it will be very watery. If frozen, it will have a delicious, thick, frosty consistency.

This recipe is great for a summer party or just hanging out, as it’s very cooling with the frozen fruit and mint. Perfect for a hot summer’s day!


Recipe Serves 2-4

Ingredients

  • 1 small or ½ large watermelon, cut into chunks, and FREEZE (generally only half of the watermelon will fit in blender but if you have a big watermelon you can make 2 batches)
  • 1 bunch of mint, about a handful
  • 1 can of seltzer ( I used a Raspberry/Lime La Croix), water might work in a pinch

To garnish (optional)

  • Lime halves
  • Mint leaves
  • White wine* (sometimes I drink with wine, but non-alcoholic is fabulous too)
    * I recommend sulfite-free organic wines. There is an affordable one at Trader Joe’s. I notice sulfite free wines won’t give me a head ache the next day ;). Non-organic wines can have a lot of pesticides due to the mass harvesting techniques so I try to keep to organic. Generally the companies are more ethical & sustainable as a bonus! I like to know where my food comes from & vote for the world I want with my dollars.

Preparation

  1.      Cut the top of the water melon to make a watermelon container. If watermelon won’t sit still, you can trim off part of the bottom to make a flat surface so it will sit on the counter.

Use a knife, spoon, or ice cream scoop to “gut” the watermelon. The ice cream scoop makes amazing spheres of melon!

  1.      Cut your watermelon into cubes (your blender appreciates small pieces). Put in the freezer for at least 12 hours.
  2.       Put watermelon, seltzer, mine in blender and blend it! Add ice to thicken or seltzer/water to thin down.
  3.      Pour into cups with ladle.
  4.       (Optional) Add limes to garnish/mint and pour some white wine if you so please!
  5.       Enjoy it with some people you care about, maybe on a nice porch somewhere.
  6.       Show us what you made, we’d love to see! Tag @grooveforward on Instagram…

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Claire Bilbao is at an artist & healer at her core. Her passions include cats, nature, rainbows and anything that sparkles. She a degree in Nutrition & Dietetics for Appalachian State, a Master’s in School Counseling & Expressive Arts and is working towards her counseling license. Follow her on instagram: @meowbilbao for a variety of fabulous offerings & inspirations.

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