Monday may have marked the end of summer, but it’s still hot during the day, and I’m still enjoying summer melon and cucumbers. I still need something to cool me off in the afternoon after I’ve been running errands all day and just need to put my feet up and relax a bit.
This is a version of my favorite go-to juice. (I left out the spinach. The color isn’t as pretty.) It only uses a tiny bit of sugar–just enough to muddle with the fresh mint leaves. Make sure to find a really good, heavy melon. Hopefully you’ll get lucky and it will be as sweet as the one I used. It was nectar–pure, sweet nectar.
Minted Watermelon-Cucumber Cooler
- 1/4 large watermelon
- 1 cucumber (use more if you want more cucumber flavor), plus extra slices for garnish
- 1 small bunch fresh mint, save some for the garnish
- 1/4 evaporated cane juice or raw sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, plus extra slices for garnish
Seed the watermelon and cucumber. Puree in a blender. Muddle the mint with the sugar. Mix with the watermelon/cucumber puree. Stir well and let sit for awhile for flavors to meld. Strain through a sieve if desired, to remove the mint leaves or any unwanted pulp. Pour over ice in a pitcher and add slices of cucumber, lime, and whole mint leaves. Serve ice cold.
Makes about 2 quarts of juice.
**If you want a grown-up version, add vodka or rum.
– article + photos: Lindsey Johnson of Cafe Johnsonia –