Watermelon: Think beyond the slice

08/06/2014 12:00 AM

08/08/2014 2:48 PM

Watermelon is one of those foods you really don’t need to overthink.

Slice it. Eat it. Spit out the occasional seed. Done.

Trouble is, the sweet, refreshing taste of watermelon is so appealing in summer, I tend to overbuy. And before long I find myself with two or even three massive melons rolling around (and sometimes off…) my counter. Or with a refrigerator full of chunked (or when I’m feeling more ambitious, balled) watermelon flesh waiting to be eaten.

And no matter how delicious it is, one really can eat only so much straight up watermelon. So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite alternative uses for watermelon.

Watermelon ice cubes

Cut the watermelon flesh into chunks small enough to easily fit into your blender. Working in batches if necessary, blend the watermelon until completely smooth. Pour the liquid into ice cube trays, then freeze. These ice cubes are awesome in lemonade, ginger ale, plain or flavored seltzer water, even orange soda. And don’t even get me started about gin and tonics and margaritas…

Watermelon lemonade

Speaking of lemonade, this watermelon version is pretty much the best. Follow the directions above for cutting and pureeing watermelon in the blender. Puree enough so that about half of your blender container is full of liquid watermelon. Now blend in honey or superfine sugar and lemon juice (start with about 1/4 cup of each, then adjust for your taste, making it slightly stronger than you’d like).

Now add enough ice to nearly fill the container, then blend until the ice is a slushie consistency. Drink, preferably through a straw. Because that’s more summery.

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