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Cool It Week: Watermelon Lemonade

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

Water­melon Lemonade

1/2 of a good sized water­melon
4 lemons
2 Tbsp agave syrup
3 cups fizzy water (either sparkling or soda)

Method

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!

  

6 Comments

  1. Erika says:

    What a gor­geous post!

  2. T says:

    Love,love,love it! You have awe­some ideas :).

  3. Karly says:

    Sounds per­fectly refresh­ing for such hot weather!

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  5. […] ulti­mate chill-out, relax on a shaded ter­race with a glass of this slightly fizzy agave-sweetened Water­melon Lemon­ade. The Sweet Pota­toes Chron­i­cles team deliv­ers a recipe for max­i­mum enjoy­ment from min­i­mal effort. […]

  6. […] To enjoy: Carve the water­melon in half and store half in the fridge. Cut and gut the other half of the water­melon and pick out the seeds. Put the chunks of water­melon in the blender and blend. Pour the slushy juice through a sieve into a large bowl; you’ll end up with a big bowl of juice. Squeeze lemons into a small bowl and pour it through the sieve into the bowl of water­melon juice. Add the agave and stir well. Taste for sweetness/sourness and adjust accord­ingly. Pour into a pitcher. Fill up a glass with ice and fill ¾ full with lemon­ade. Top with fizzy water, add a straw and chill out! via […]

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