Nothing screams summer more than this refreshing watermelon treat.
There are moments in life when you wish everything would freeze for a second. Life can get so busy and hectic sometimes, and before you know it, another week or year has passed. I’m sure you know what I mean.
The last few months have been so busy for me. When you’re independent, you can easily find that your job takes over your entire world. I worked all the time, including midnights and weekends. I felt like I had no life besides work for a while, so I decided to change that. It wasn’t easy and took some time and planning, but eventually I did manage to find a balance between work and having an actual life outside, which turns out to be pretty amazing. Still, when I think of it, I had no moments for myself to just sit and relax and maybe watch a movie or read a book.
So last weekend, Erez and I decided to go for some nature exploring and have a whole day to ourselves. No family, no friends, no iphone (well, at least from my part… it turned out to be too hard on Erez). Just us and nature.
We were at the beach for a few hours, relaxing and enjoying the warm streams of water. It was so good. I have lived my whole life near the beach and it was only when I started traveling the world and saw that definitely not everyone has it that I learned to appreciate it. It’s so easy to take things you are used to for granted.
The beach we went to was one of those we used to go to when we were children. My extended family would gather on weekends, preparing everything needed for a half day at the beach. Toys, inflatables, and, of course, food – breakfast, lunch, and anything in between. So, as cliché as it may be, I could vividly see those memories in my head. The little me with my hair all messed with ice cream, sitting with my cousins and building sand art. I looked at Erez, my NEW family, and all I wanted to do was freeze this precious moment.
But back to reality!
The time we spent at the beach involved lots of summer fruits, mostly watermelon. Like many people, that one wonderful fruit really screams summer to me. If you put it in a blender by itself, you’ll get a delicious drink. But if you want to take it one step further, just add some lemon or lime juice, some fresh mint leaves, and sugar. Add as much water as you like – this will make a thinner and lighter drink. If you’re feeling fancy, add some vodka 😉
Also, I like to strain the juice after it’s blended so that it’s free of pump, but if you use seedless watermelon, then you can skip this and enjoy a more slush-like treat. It’s up to you, but it’s great either way!
- 4 cups diced watermelon (preferably seedless)
- Mint leaves from ½ bunch, or more to taste
- Juice from 1 lemon or lime
- 2-4 tablespoons sugar
- ½ cup cold water (or coconut water)
- Optional: ¼ cup tequila, vodka, white rum or coconut rum
- Blend all ingredients but water in a blender until smooth. You can strain it to remove pulp if you like or if you used a watermelon with seeds. Add water, alcohol and additional sugar until desired consistency and taste. Fill serving glasses with ice cubes, then pour watermelon juice. Serve immediately and enjoy.