Saturday, 4 July 2015

Watermelon & Ginger Drink

I remember my days in Ghana, as a young child, during the rainy season (between April to November) when my dad would return from the hinterlands with loads of fruits such as mangoes, oranges, banana and watermelon. I loved fruits and I could live on it the whole day! What I enjoyed most, was a well chilled watermelon on a hot day. There is nothing satisfying as biting into the flesh of the watermelon which is succulent with the chilled juice oozing into your mouth, aaah it was so refreshing! Because the fruits were in abundance, sometimes, we had to find ways of preserving it or just to create variety. One of the ways was to make drink out of them. So today, I share with you, the watermelon drink I used to enjoy as a little child. I hope you will enjoy it too. Please don't forget to leave a feedback or comment when you try it.

INGREDIENTS:
    
  • 1200g peeled and deseeded watermelon
  • 85g fresh ginger peeled
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 litre water 
  • Sugar Syrup Sweetener:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

METHOD:

1. Wash the whole watermelon and peel it. Make sure all the white bits are cut from the flesh. The white bits make the juice a bit sour.
2. Cut up the flesh into chunks and remove any seeds. Luckily, I used a seedless watermelon in this recipe.
3. Cut up the peeled fresh ginger.
4. Put the watermelon, ginger and cloves in a smoothie maker or blender. Add some of the water and blend. Blend in batches if required.
5. Strain the blended mixture using a colander.
6. For the sugar syrup, add the water to the sugar in a pot and place over heat. Stir continuously until the sugar has melted. Switch off the heat and allow it to cool.


7. Add the sugar syrup to the watermelon drink and stir. This sweetening step can be omitted if the watermelon used is very sweet or if you want a very healthy option.
8. Bottle and chill the watermelon drink. Serve well chilled on ice and with chunks of water melon.

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