I'm a huge fan of seasonal eating, which makes fruit my go-to in the summer. It's ripe, it's on sale (hello, $2 watermelon), and it's refreshing for a hot Texas summer.
When Matty and I went strawberry picking I wanted to get creative with our haul, so I combined some of the tastiest fruits of the season for something resembling a grown-up slushy. It's naturally sweet, a little bit sour, and perfect for your 4th of July festivities next weekend! I'm dying to try it with lime instead of lemon and maybe a splash of whiskey. Yeah okay, definitely a splash of whiskey.
STRAWBERRY WATERMELON TWIST
Yield 4 servings
3/4 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
4 cups cold water
4 cups slightly frozen cubed watermelon (about 1-2 hours in the freezer)
Puree the strawberries in a blender and set aside.
In a saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil and stir in the honey until combined. Let the mixture cool for about 5 minutes.
When cool, add honey-water and lemon juice to the blender to lightly mix, then pour into a pitcher with 4 cups of cold water. Stir.
*Note: You can stop here for strawberry lemonade OR you can go all the way with the watermelon. I highly suggest going all the way.
For two servings, pour 2 cups of strawberry lemonade into the blender, add two cups of slightly frozen watermelon and ice as desired. Blend it up then do it again!