There’s no escaping it. It’s always hot in Malaysia with fluctuations in temperature ranging from “hot”, “it’s really hot” to “it’s crazy hot”.
In these conditions, drinking water is the way to go. But when you’re absolutely longing for something with flavour, a refreshing watermelon-lime-mint cooler is all you need to help quench your thirst and cool things down.
All you need is a decent blender, and the ingredients below.
Ingredients: Makes about 2 medium glasses
- 500g frozen watermelon, cut into small cubes
- 46g (5 cubes) frozen ginger juice (see below on how to make this)
- 1 packed tbsp (about 3 stems) mint leaves + a few sprigs for decoration
- 60g (6) calamansi lime
- 75g (3 tbsp) honey
- 320ml soda water
Making ginger ice cubes
- Peel and blend ginger with water at a ratio of one part ginger to three (1:3) parts water.
- Pour blended ginger through a strainer to remove any fibrous parts.
- Pour ginger liquid into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.
Making the watermelon-lime-mint smoothie
- Squeeze juice from calamansi limes into a small bowl, removing any seeds.
- Place all ingredients except for the soda water in a blender.
- Blend until smooth. If necessary, add a little soda water to aid in the blending process.
- Pour blended watermelon into two large glasses or a few smaller glasses and top up with equal amounts of soda water.
- Decorate the top with a sprig of mint and enjoy your watermelon-lime-mint thirst-quencher while it’s still cold.
- Don’t freeze the watermelon whole. Instead, slice it up as you would if you were serving it regularly, removing the skin. You can choose to freeze the watermelon in slices and cut them later, or pre-cut them into cubes before storing and freezing in an airtight freezer-friendly container.
- Different brands of honey vary in sweetness. Adjust accordingly.
- If you’re impatient, you can skip freezing the watermelon overnight. However, your cooler won’t be as cold. At the very least, make sure it’s refrigerated and don’t let it sit in room temperature for too long before blending it.
- Make extra ginger ice cubes and add to other drinks for a little spicy kick. Orange juice with ginger ice cubes, anyone?
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