Watermelon and Orange Cooler

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

I personally love watermelon but Mark isn’t a big lover of it… too watery, too sweet and don’t even get him started on all the pips… yet once turned into this delicious drink, he simply can’t seem to stop refilling his glass.

The idea for this drink isn’t mine. A good friend of ours told us how they would drink it all the time during the long, very hot summer months back in Turkey. They were swearing by it and its almost magical properties, so finally one day we decided to give it a try too… I am really happy we did as we can finally turn a watermelon into something we both really enjoy.

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

Ingredients:

  • 1kg ripe watermelon
  • 250ml orange juice*
  • 1 lemon
  • 1tsp raw honey
  • Ice-cubes to serve

*ideally we would use freshly squeezed orange juice but alas the watermelon season doesn’t match up with the orange season and as getting out of season fruit and veggies here isn’t so easy we are using organic pure orange juice from the carton… no other realistic options.

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

Method:

Peel, cube, and deseed watermelon, then pop into a high-speed blender.

Juice the lemon and add into your melon cubes.

Add the orange juice and honey.

Depending on the temperature of your ingredients, you might want to add some ice-cubes to make the drink a little cooler from the start.

Turn the blender on and blend for a minute or two on high speed.

Serve over ice with a nice straw (little paper brolly optional) and enjoy the cooling experience!

Ideally, it should be drunk as soon as blended but it will keep in the fridge for a day or two if you end up making a bigger batch… just don’t forget to give it a good stir before serving as it will tend to separate a bit.

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

Do you like watermelon?

What’s your favourite way of serving it?

Refreshing, tasty and full of goodness, this watermelon and orange smoothie will quench even the biggest thirst.

Citrus Infused Fresh Mint

Citrus Infused Fresh MintWhen it’s hot and sunny, there is nothing better than a glass of a cold, refreshing drink.

I love mint, I always have and I hope I always will. I remember one time whilst I was still at university my friends and I took a trip to Bulgaria during our summer break. It was unbelievably hot and stuffy despite the gentle breeze coming off from the sea. I spent the entire two weeks drinking frozen water with an added mint liqueur (honestly not due to the alcohol content but because of the taste); there was no such thing as a mint flavouring anywhere around at the time and the idea of making a fresh mint tea each and every morning wasn’t really an option either… I have a ton of great memorises connected to the mint flavour… anyways… instead of infusing just pure water, I decided to infuse a fresh brewed mint tea.

My Citrus Infused Fresh Mint.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch of fresh mint
  • 1l water
  • ½ lemon (un-waxed)
  • ½ orange (un-waxed)
  • 2 slices of pineapple
  • Crushed ice (optional)

My Citrus Infused Fresh MintMethod:

Carefully wash your lemon and orange; cut them in half and put one half aside for a moment, then slice the other half of each fruit. Peal your pineapple and cut out two thick slices.

Wash and roughly tear the mint and place it in a large pitcher.

Boil a litre of water and pour over mint.

Allow it to cool for 15-20 minutes, then add the sliced fruits (being lemon, orange and pineapple).

Put aside (or pop into the fridge) and allow to infuse for a few hours.

Serve over crushed ice with slice of lemon and orange on the side.

Depending on the type of mint you have used you will get a different colour in your final drink. Peppermint will produce a light green colour, whilst use of lemon mint (which I used here) will resolve in more yellow one.

I’ve never use chocolate mint before but I hope to find it in a store one day. I don’t suppose it will give me a chocolate coloured drink but I would hope for a slight hint of chocolate at least.

I hope you will like my creation it as much as I do.

Citrus Infused Fresh Mint.Enjoy, if you decide to try it.

Bring on the summer – Papaya & Orange Ice Lolly

Bring on the summer – Papaya & Orange Ice LollyImagine my huge surprise when a few weeks ago I opened my pantry cupboard to retrieve a couple of mangos (yes mangos) I needed for my salad, only to discover there were no mangos; they had been replaced by some papaya fruit! Well they were not exactly replaced… in moment of madness I think I must have picked them up, instead of the mangos I wanted, whilst out shopping a couple of days earlier. I am still foggy as to why or even how this could have happened but it did, so I had to deal with the consequences of my mistake.

Now I like playing the ingredients replacement game as much as the next person but I couldn’t really use papaya instead of mango in my salad as it wouldn’t be a mango salad any more 🙁 I have to admit we aren’t huge fans of the papaya so eating it just as a fruit wasn’t really a viable option… so it was time to get creative.

There is nothing simpler than creating ice lollies so I decided it would be the perfect way to deal with my “unwanted” fruit 😉

Ingredients:

2 large ripe papaya (not mangos!)

4 large juicy oranges; juiced

Method:

Wash, peel and chop the papaya into small chunks.

Juice all the oranges and then pop both the fruit and the juice into a blender.

Blend it for a minute or so until all large chunks have gone and it has nice smooth consistency.

Pour into ice lolly moulds and pop into the freezer.

Allow at least 4 hours of freezing time.

Bring on the summer - Papaya & Orange Ice LollyBring on the summer – Papaya And Orange Ice LollyBring on the summer - Papaya and Orange Ice LollyAs it ended up they are very enjoyable little treats. There is no added sugar or any other ingredients for that matter so they are diet friendly.

In addition to consuming them straight from the freezer, I’ve used them instead of ice cubes whilst making myself smoothies and shakes. I have to admit they are perfect in this role and provide an incredibly exotic level of additional flavour. I would assume they would work well as regular ice cubes too in an appropriate drink.

Do you prepare homemade ice lollies?

What’s your favourite flavour?

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