Watermelon Lime Refresher (raw, vegan, paleo)
Suuuuummer. Its finally here, in all its glory. O-town has been hit with a killer heat wave (in the 40s with the humidity! oh my)… and the last thing anyone wants to do is cook. I’d rather slurp away the heat on something refreshing and dip into any salad I can get my hands on.
Here’s the thing, though- a refreshing drink that is low in sugar is pretty difficult to come by, and I gotta be honest. I want pink. I want pretty. And I want it, now. :)
I also don’t want a sugar binge- I’m trying so hard to be kind to my body. But… those pretty and sugary pink girly drinks get mighty tempting. Plus, I have some picnics and parties coming up, and the last thing I want is to feel left out of the festivities. (I mean, “here’s a jug of my favorite spring water” doesn’t exactly spell Ideal Host Gift, ya know? ;) ). Sometimes, you just want a little fun, but not have to overdo it on the sugar. This is where Watermelon Lime Refresher totally fits the bill.
So, if you are looking for a drink that isn’t too sweet, totally refreshing, and big on taste with a pretty colour, this, dear friends, is totally your drink. Perfect for the long weekend coming up for my canuck buddies and for my american friends too. Its naturally sweet, and has some fresh bright undernotes of lime and ginger– you could even add muddled mint if you want. And if you are going to a more “adult” function, it mixes well with those “other” kinds of drinks. Which shall remain nameless. ‘Cause its a family blog. ;)
You can easily adjust the proportions of this drink to suit your tastes. If you really want a lime-y flavour, rather than increase the lime juice (which can be quite acidic), use a grater to zest the limes you use and let the fine zest infuse into the drink over night and pour through a strainer before serving. You can add water to tone down the drink if you wish, or add more or less honey or agave. I am not a big ‘sweets’ person, so I’m really light on the honey- you may want to add more for your tastes, or even some powdered stevia.
Note: this post linked to Cybele Pascale Allergy-Friendly Fridays, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, and Diet DessertnDogs Wellness Weekend.
Watermelon Lime Refresher
- 10-12 cups watermelon pieces without the seeds
- juice of 5 limes (about 2/3 cup)
- 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
- 2 tbsp melted honey thoroughly mixed with 1/2 cup water (if desired) (Vegan: 1/3 cup agave nectar) (Paleo: use stevia powder to taste, instead)
- Put all the ingredients except the ginger, in a blender.
- Pour through a strainer. Add the ginger and stir. Let it sit to infuse for at least an hour- you may want to strain it again to take out the ginger pieces. After a few hours the drink will settle so you will want to give it a nice stir.
- Done. :)
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