I love making all sorts of homemade iced teas and fresh flavoured waters… I found this one on the net and am soooooo excited to try it out in December when I go visit my folks up in Richards Bay… (they always get massive watermelons and leave them floating in the pool until we slice them up and munch away on the patio having pip-shooting competitions— just a cool childhood memory I thought I’d share)
(photograph used from google – photographer was not mentioned)
A perfectly refreshing drink with watermelon, citrus, and the optional shot of vodka or tequila.
- 4 cups water, divided
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (10-12 limes)
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 cups ice cubes
- 2 cups diced watermelon
- Mixed fruit of your choice, or use more watermelon
- 1 orange, sliced into rounds
- 1 lime, sliced into rounds
- 1 lemon sliced into rounds
- 1/2 cup (or more) vodka or tequila (optional)
- handful of fresh mint leaves
- Combine 2 cups water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-high and heat until sugar is dissolved and clear. This is now your simple syrup.
- Let simple syrup cool or put in an ice bath/fridge/freezer to expedite cooling to use right away.
- Add watermelon, lemon juice, lime juice, and 2 cups water in a large pitcher
- Add the ice cubes, diced watermelon, remaining fruit, and alcohol, if using.
- Add simple syrup to taste (and additional water if too tart). Stir well and chill until icy cold.
- Store any leftover simple syrup in a jar in the fridge.
- Add chopped up mint leave for an extra kick of freshness.
Makes: 12 servings
Adapted from The Pastry Queen
Estimated time to make : 20 minutes