We are experiencing quite the heat wave this summer. One step outside will have you feeling like you’ve walked into an oven or sauna.
I found this recipe in my files. It was from our stay at Stonehurst Place in Atlanta this past January while writing an anonymous review for Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a luxury travel website. Ah, bitter cold January. How I miss thee in these dog days of summer. Ironically, it was the coldest winter I remember experiencing. Snow shut down the Atlanta airport just hours after we few home to Orlando. Yes, it snowed in Georgia.
And now here we are, the pendulum has swung to give us a summer so hot the devil himself is sweating. In an attempt to cool off, I’ve made several batches of homemade gelato, but was craving something a bit more healthy and refreshing. Watermelon dripping in thirst-quenching juice, sweet honeydew melon and fresh cooling mint. Make this recipe at home to stave off the heat this week. And if you have any left over, blend it up in the blender, add vodka, and give a toast to autumn which is just around the corner.
Melon Coolers in Honey Ginger Lime Marinade
From Stonehurst Place in Atlanta, Georgia
Yield: 6+ cups
1 firm cantaloupe melon
1 firm honeydew melon
Juice of two fresh limes
1 Tablespoon finely grated lime zest
1-2 Tablespoons (to taste) freshly grated ginger
1/4 Cup honey
Cut the melons in half; remove the seeds and using a melon ball scooper cut into various bite size balls and mix in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together the lime juice, lime zest, grated ginger and honey. Adjust the seasonings to taste. Pour over melon balls and gently toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, stirring occasionally. To serve, spoon into attractive serving containers and top with some fresh mint leaves or any garnish you choose.
– Add 1/2 watermelon, using a melon ball scooper cut into bite size pieces.
– Melon Cooler Drinks: Drain (reserve the marinade) and place the excess melons into a food processor and puree. Add some of the reserved marinade to taste. Pour into chilled martini glasses and stir in 1 oz of vodka per serving. Enjoy!