What is summer to you? Summer to me is lightening bugs, warm breezes, family vacations, and watermelon. Lots and lots of watermelon! Watermelon is my mother’s favorite treat in the summertime so it inevitably became all of my families favorite as well when we were growing up. Mom used to always tell us the story about one year when she was younger she had a watermelon with candles instead of the traditional birthday cake for her birthday. I’m not sure my love for watermelon goes as deep as hers. I don’t think I would trade chocolate cake for anything on my birthday!
Most stores in South to Central TX sell watermelons year round and I’m always tempted to pick one up. Each time I do though I seem to always be disappointed. They never seem to be ripe enough or sweet enough. It’s just not the same as summer melons. How do you pick your melons? Do you thump them? Knock, tap, or drum your melon??
When I pick my melon I look for three things:
- Is the melon uniformly shaped? Irregular bumps or a soft spot might mean a damaged melon or that it didn’t get enough sun or water.
- Find the field spot. This is a creamy spot on the melon, and it’s where the watermelon was resting on the ground. The field spot should be a yellowish creamy color. If this spot is white or greenish, your watermelon may have been picked too soon and might not be as ripe as it should be.
- Pick up your melon. Is it heavy? It should be because watermelons are made up of 92% water. The heaviest melons are the ripest!
Now on to the whole knocking thing. I’m not sure that there is any proof to this theory or not. I do tap on my melon to see if the surface is hard and firm. I’ve been told that you don’t want a dull sound when you knock your melon… I would love to hear how you check to get the best watermelon when you go to buy one.
Do you have a favorite summer drink? I LOVE lemonade, (Sonic) slushes, and watermelon flavored beverages this time of year. So, why not blend them together and make the perfect Watermelon Lemonade Slush?!?! This recipe is both easy and a little time consuming but so worth it! I used Crystal Light Lemonade (our family favorite because it is super easy and really good!). I did use watermelon juice that I strained from a fresh cut up melon but I was going to cut up the melon anyways so it’s not that big a deal to blend up your pieces and strain the pulp…right? I mean to sip on this yummy drink??
- 8 cups cubed up watermelon
- 2 cups water
- 2 quarts lemonade (I used Crystal Light Pink Lemonade for this recipe)
- 8 cups of ice
- Make 2 quarts of lemonade and set aside.
- Put 4 cups cubed watermelon plus 1 cup of water into your blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour mixture into a strainer and strain the juice into a separate bowl and discard the pulp.
- Blend remaining 4 cups of watermelon and 1 cup of water. Strain the juice and discard pulp.
- Combine your watermelon juice with the lemonade.
- Pour 4 cups of ice into your blender. Pour watermelon lemonade over ice and blend until you reach desired consistency of your slush.
- Repeat with remaining ice and lemonade.
- Pour into cups and garnish with a watermelon slice.
I hope that everyone enjoys this recipe and has a great weekend! Now go out and drink your favorite drink!! 🙂
Blessings to all!