When it gets really hot and even my flat with its very high ceilings is no longer cool, I need some refreshment as soon as possible! In the evening, I often treat myself to a watermelon salad with feta. Once I've made myself really comfortable on the balcony in the shade, I also like to treat myself to an ice-cold watermelon drink with fresh mint and a tiny dash of rose water.
The drink is actually more like a smoothie, because I simply puree the watermelon with a few mint leaves. The delicious melon is then served on ice. Put in a straw and you're ready to go. It doesn't actually take 10 minutes. Unless you don't want to leave your kitchen a mess, as I sometimes (often) like to do.
Rose water to refine
Well, that's pretty much it. Super easy, right? Oh yes! What's missing is a little dash of rose water for flavouring. I admit, not everyone likes rose water. At least that's what I hear from time to time. But I think that the key is in the dosage. Rose water should really only be used sparingly, otherwise the rosy scent and rather bitter taste will overpower everything else. And that's not how it's supposed to be. In the recipe, I give one to two teaspoons for this. Feel free to see if one teaspoon is enough for you. Personally, I like to use two teaspoons. The dash of lemon juice gives the watermelon drink the final touch and another refreshing note.
And if you like a shot of alcohol in your drink, try a shot of vodka per glass. As we all know, vodka and watermelon go well together. I always remember here the "experiment" of filling a watermelon with a whole bottle of vodka. Believe me, it didn't end well for me... But anyway. This watermelon drink doesn't need any alcohol and tastes perfect and like a holiday.
Recipe for Watermelon Drink with Mint & Rose Water
- 1,5 Kg Watermelon seedless or seedless
- 10 g Mint
- 1 - 2 TSP Rose water
- 1 TBSP Lemon juice freshly squeezed
- Crushed ice or ice cubes
- Remove the skin from the watermelon and cut the flesh into small pieces.
- Pluck off the mint leaves.
- Puree all the ingredients (except the ice cream) in a blender or with a hand blender.
- Fill glasses with ice and serve watermelon drink on ice.