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09 Jun, 2011

Watermelon salvation

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|Recipes and Food

I should have posted this yesterday when were swimming in our own sweat during a rather surprising and oppressive springtime heatwave. But I didn’t. Instead I am posting it today for future reference.

A question for you: what is it about watermelon that makes it so darn refreshing?

A cold slice is sweet enough to be considered a fair dessert. What’s more, it’s totally healthy and thirst-quenching. It is the fruit that truly gives back.

We had half a watermelon kicking around since Sarah’s lemonade stand over the weekend (she was selling drink/snack combos) and it was time to do something radical. I scooped out the innards using a measuring spoon, put them in a small container, and chucked them in the freezer. (I was thinking of replicating our banana faux-ice cream recipe.) And then I promptly forgot about it all.

It wasn’t until later in the afternoon that I remembered, aha, the watermelon. I threw all the pieces into the blender. (Which, sadly, is on its last legs. In fact this might have been the thing that causes its demise.) I poured in a wee bit of honey, a bit of water, and let it rip.

And then I had to turn it off and on about 25 times because the frozen melon balls got stuck in the blades. It was very aggravating, but I think that if you had a really good blender or were smart and used a food processor instead it would work just fine.

The result was worth the frustration… it became a lovely smoothie slushie-type watermelon drinksorbet … which melted fast in the hot sun.

Clearly, I wasn’t able to take the photo fast enough. But you get the idea.

Watermelong slushie

Our watermelon drinks were so cold it hurt. But then again, it was so hot that this was something we were willing to endure.

Think of what you can add to this recipe to make it your own: booze, a banana, a squeeze of lime, a spring of mint, a dash of ginger… or you could leave it plain and enjoy it as is. Just like we did. Yum.

6 Responses to "Watermelon salvation"

1 | Joy

June 9th, 2011 at 1:45 pm


What a cute cup – and it looks so refreshing :)

2 | Kaitlin

June 9th, 2011 at 1:51 pm


Yum! Such a shame that the husband is allergic to melon.

3 | Valerie

June 9th, 2011 at 6:30 pm


LOVE the cup! The drink sounds yummy, too. :)

4 | Finola

June 10th, 2011 at 7:09 pm


I probably have the only child alive who hates watermelon. But to me it looks great!

5 | Roshan

June 19th, 2011 at 10:42 am


Watermelon and pineapple juice are my favourite fruit juices to make at home. The best recipe I have heard with watermelon is to shred a big cold slice with a knife so that you have mostly juice but some pulp as well, add a little lime and then ice and vodka. Heaven during the summer.

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