It is time again for Secret Recipe Club reveal day! Woo-hoo! What is the Secret Recipe Club? It’s a lot like Secret Santa, but with recipes. Each month you are assigned a blog. After selecting a recipe from that bloggers repertoire, you make and post it on reveal day. It is a great way to find fun recipes and blogs. I like how it gets me to actually sit down and go through another person’s blog. Blogs are a lot of work and take time to put together. Instead of skimming through just the new stuff (as is usually easier when we see a new blog) it is fun to really sit down and go through what else the blog has to offer. Fun stuff!
My assigned blog this month was from Lynne at Cafe Lynnylu. I was so exciting to get her blog this monthA I have been enjoying her blog for quite awhile now. Her photos are amazing and I love living vicariously through her photos and stories (and recipes, can’t forget those) from her travels. I had the hardest time deciding what to make. She participates in Thirsty Thursday if you need a libation, and has WAAAAAAYYYYY too many delicious things to pick from (Roasted Lemon Sorbet, Two Steps From Hell Chile Verde, Quick Plum Jam were all top contenders for my attention). But with being on our own this past week with just the girls, I let them help pick and they were fascinated by her Watermelon Ginger Limeade. It was just the thing, with its pretty ruby pink color to grace our all girl week. But because my littlest girlie is a picky bug, I didn’t use ginger and upped the lime to compensate. I know, I know, the whole point is the ginger, and while I will make it that way sometime, sometimes you have to bend with the flavor likes of who is home that day. :)
This was a really refreshing drink and perfect for relaxing on the porch after a day of gardening. After crushing the watermelon for juice, I gave the pulp to my chickens and let them have a feast, too. Treats for everyone! Thanks for the wonderful recipe, Lynne!
- 8 cups chopped fresh watermelon
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon lime zest (no white pith)
- ¾ cup fresh lime juice
- In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a simmer. Remove from heat and add lime zest. Cool to room temperature, then cover and place in refrigerator to chill.
- Place watermelon in a colander and mash with a potato masher or very clean hands. Allow juice to drain. You should have about 4 cups juice. Cover and chill.
- When both items are cold, mix lime juice with sugar syrup. Strain the mixture through a fine meshed sieve while pouring into a pitcher. Pour watermelon juice into pitcher, also through the fine meshed sieve. Stir to combine. Pour over ice and garnish with watermelon wedges.