Watermelon juice with muddled mint

A refreshing taste of summer!

I’m often looking for refreshing drinks to beat the heat and this juice – whether consumed ‘as is’ or spiked with your favourite spirits – is the perfect thing. Because watermelon is so naturally sweet, there’s no need for added sugar (which, of course, makes me wonder why commercially-prepared watermelon juice does contain so much sugar…perhaps because it’s only made with a small amount of ‘real’ juice?) Don’t be too startled by the addition of a pinch of salt – it actually helps make the watermelon taste even sweeter! You don’t even need a juicer to make this – a blender or even a food processor works well too. Watermelon and basil is another fantastic combination if you want to mix things up. And if you love watermelon as much as I do, you might also enjoy this smoked watermelon margarita.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed watermelon (rind removed)
  • 2 cups fresh mint leaves, stems removed
  • pinch salt
  • Additional sprigs mint, to garnish

Method

  • Juice watermelon in an electric juicer. Alternatively, pulse the watermelon a few cups at a time in a blender and pass through a sieve or cheesecloth to remove seeds and large bits of pulp.
  • Place the watermelon juice in a large bowl. Add mint leaves and salt then use a muddler, wooden spoon or silicone spatula to crush the mint in the juice and infuse the juice with flavour.
  • Strain the mixture by passing through a sieve. Chill until ready to serve.
  • Serve juice in chilled glasses, garnished with a sprig of mint.

Serves 4 – 6 depending upon size of glasses; recipe can easily be multiplied.

About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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