Watermelon-Ginger Punch

I don’t believe in all of the years on this planet that I’ve ever had a beverage made with watermelon. Real watermelon I mean, not the stuff made from artificial flavors and the like.

This strikes me as a bit odd for some reason. In the course of making this recipe, I found the juice to be perfectly palatable, although a bit on the subtle side.

It’s this subtlety that’s likely the reason that lime juice has been added to the recipe, as it gives the watermelon some depth of flavor. And the ginger? That’s just an added bonus. What’s surprising is how subdued the ginger is in relation to the drink as a whole.

Oh, and I would not recommend substituting ground ginger for the fresh listed below. I’d use fresh ginger only or not at all.

This recipe comes from the July 2008 edition of Cooking Light.

  • 8 Cups watermelon
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons grated ginger
  • 18 Watermelon balls
  • 1 cup sparkling water

Take four cups of the watermelon, and place it in a bowl. Using an immersion blender, process the solids until thoroughly pureed. Strain the contents of the bowl through a sieve, saving the liquid into a pitcher. Discard remaining solids. Repeat the process for the remaining four cups of watermelon.

To the watermelon juice, add the lime juice, sugar, and grated ginger. Mix well. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

Prior to serving, add the watermelon balls and the sparkling water.

Serves 6