Watermelons are such a part of summer and holiday celebrations. Here are a few watermelon ideas to use for your summer celebrations.
WATERMELON SHERBET SMOOTHIE
You may want to consider buying “seedless” watermelon, which has small, white seedpods (instead of black seeds) that are edible and virtually unnoticeable once you blend the melon. For a special touch, serve in tall frosted glasses and top with a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips.
3 cups fresh watermelon cubes
1 cup crushed ice
1 cup watermelon, raspberry or lime sherbert
4 tsp. lime juice
1/2 cup miniature semisweet or white chocolate chips
About 10 minutes before you’re ready to mix the smoothies, place four tall glasses in the freezer to frost. Then wash the whole melon as you would other fruits and vegetables, and cut it into quarters. (The number of quarters you’ll need to yield 3 cups of cubes will depend on the size of the melon.) Slice each quarter you plan to use lengthwise into three wedges, then slice the flesh away from the rind. Use a fork to scrape away the seeds and chop the melon into cubes.
Combine the crushed ice, watermelon cubes, lime juice and watermelon, raspberry, or lime sherbert, and blend until smooth.
Pour the mixture into the frosted glasses and top each one with a half dozen or so miniature chocolate chips. Serves four.
Trim rind from watermelon and slice fruit into 2-inch cubes. You should have about 8 cups. Place watermelon in blender and purée until smooth. Combine watermelon juice, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in pitcher or jug and add plenty of ice. Garnish the glasses with thin slices of lime or watermelon, if desired.
Makes 8 generous drinks. Recipe may be doubled or tripled as needed for a bigger party.