San Francisco weather has reached a new level of heat the past few days and this supposedly one of the colder parts of California. I wonder what the other cities are experiencing. Every time it gets really hot, only one fruit is on my mind. Watermelon!! It just has a way of calming me down and refreshing me. There seems to be a stereotype of black people or should I say African American people loving watermelon and fried chicken. I really do not blame anyone. It is definitely one of my favourite fruits. I also recently learned that watermelon is a low calorie fruit and I used it to replace some meals for a week and I saw my weight drop. It is very filling and delicious. The best way to tell if watermelon is ripe at the supermarket is to knock/tap it to check for its hollowness. If it sounds hollow, it is ripe. There is nothing as disappointing as unripe watermelon so make sure to apply this tip when you go watermelon shopping. I made a mini drink out of it and you can skip on the sugar if you like. The sweetness of the watermelon stands on its own. If not for anything you can sip on the drink while listening to Beyonce’s drunk in love where she said “I been drinking watermelon” Not sure if she meant the fruit or something else because with these songs you never know. Enjoy my watermelon drink 🙂
6 Medium chunks of watermelon
120 ml of water (1/2 cup)
2 lemon slices
2 teaspoons of grenadine (black currant)
2 teaspoons Angostura bitters (or alomo bitters)
1/2 teaspoon of sugar for syrup
Sprinkles or sugar for garnishing the glass
With 1/4 cup (60 ml) of water, blend the watermelon chunks and sieve for the juice. You can also use a juicer and avoid using extra water.
In a separate cup, mix the rest of the water and the 1/2 teaspoon of sugar to form a syrup. You could use warm water so the sugar dissolves better.
Pour the sugar mix into the watermelon juice, add the angostura bitters and grenadine.
Use one of the lemon slices to rub around the tip of the glass and rub the glass in the sprinkles or sugar for garnishing.
Pour some ice cubes in your glass and pour in the watermelon juice and serve cold. Garnish with more lemon slices or any other fruit of your choice.