Okay, it's just silly hot in Toronto now. You'd think a city that endures an epic, Dr. Zhivago style winter would suck it up and deal when the temperatures soar. But not so much. And I'm the worst complainer of them all. Even when I'm prefacing each whinge with a polite, "I hate to complain but .…" Like Ella said, "It's too damn hot."
We wanted to give you and your sweaty crew a treat that doesn't involve any kind of heat source and minimal effort on your part. Meet our new best friend, Watermelon Lemonade. It's light, refreshing and just so juicy! Esme came to set on the day when our lovely photographer Maya Visnyei were shooting. She said she wanted to spend the day with us and help and she did for awhile but decided to head home when she realized that Maya colouring with her wasn't really helping. She stayed long enough to be our taste tester on the lemonade. The refined palette of my first born gave it big ups. We brought it along to a barbecue that night where it was also a hit. One of our pals added a host of vodka to his and said it was awesome. See, something for everyone here at SPC.
Photos by Maya Visnyei
1/2 of a good sized watermelon
2 Tbsp agave syrup
3 cups fizzy water (either sparkling or soda)
Carefully carve your watermelon in half. Put half out it back in the fridge for future consumption. Get your blender out and fired up. Cut and gut that watermelon and pick out the seeds — don't worry if you miss some. Throw the chunks of watermelon into the blender and whiz away! Pour the slushy juice through a sieve into a large bowl. Every once in awhile run a spatula or wooden spoon along the under side of the sieve to keep it flowing. Keep going with the watermelon until you've gutted that beast. You'll have a big bowl of juice.
Squeeze lemons into a small bowl and pour it through the sieve into your big bowl of watermelon juice. Add the agave and stir well. Taste to see how you feel about the sweetness/sourness. Obviously you should tweak it to suit your family's tastes. I find things that are slightly tart are more refreshing but do as you like! Pour your juice into a pitcher.
Fill up a glass with ice and fill it 3/4 full with lemonade. Top up with fizzy water. Add a straw and chill out!