12 September, 2017
Recently we were at the food truck event – civic center eats -and had a coupon to use that left us with $5. The suggested addition was a limeade of the day. Options were watermelon serrano and strawberry basil. I tried both and both were amazing, but i chose the strawberry. After we finished our meals, we had another coupon and got 2 more, 1 of each flavor. Since we had coupons, the $5 price tag didn’t really hit home, but after we talked about how tasty they were I decided it was not worth the price and I needed to figure out how to make it myself! And so the research started!
I found 2 recipes for each kind that seemed worth while, and started to gather ingredients.
Hubby isn’t “a fan” of basil and we have enough spearmint to float a boat, so i shifted that recipe to be strawberry mint.
I went to walmart and spent the following:
- 22 limes 5.50
- 1 large container of strawberries – 4.69
- 1 personal seedless watermelon 2.69
- 2 serranos – .23
- Total – 13.11
All in all i did not use all the limes, nor the strawberries, so it was a less than the total and now that i know how i want it to work, it would be a much less “startup cost”
So the result was 2 “pitchers” worth of mixture to add fizzy water to and/or Vodka.
- 6 cups 1-inch-pieces watermelon (from about 1/2 5-pound watermelon)
- 1-3 cups fresh lime juice (8-10 limes per cup)
- 1 serrano sliced
- Place cubed watermelon into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Strain the watermelon into a pitcher.
- Add lime juice (strain as the same time)
- Drop in serrano pepper slices and allow to infuse for about 120 minutes.
- I suggest tasting about 1/2 way through to check the heat (just don’t actually taste the pepper!). If you don’t love a lot of spice, you might wish to remove the peppers before 20 minutes. We love spice so we left it for over an hour.
- Serve with 2/1 watermelon limeade/sparkling water at a shot or 2 of vodka to make it adulty!
- Do the serrano as you see fit. We like to feel the heat, so we leave it in longer.
- We strain the juice to remove the pulp, if you don't care, no need.
- Makes approx 7 or 8 pint glasses worth of final beverage.
- We upped the lime juice to make it more limeadey!
- If you want it sweeter, add some agave syrup
- 3 cups strawberries
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1-3 cup fresh lime juice (8-10 limes per cup)
- 1 cup mint, divided
- Puree strawberries with 1 cup mint in a blender with 1 cup of water.
- In a saucepan, combine the 1¼ cups of water with 3/4 cup of sugar , and heat over medium until fully dissolved, toss in 1 cup of mint leaves about 12-15 minutes.
- While heating, juice your limes
- Strain the pureed strawberry/mint juice and fresh lime juice into a pitcher
- Strain in the sugar/mint mixture and stir.
- Serve with equal parts fizzy water and vodka - or straight fizzy water for non-alcoholic
As we were enjoying the fruits of our labors – pun intended!
Hubby said that this would not be viable for a party, I disagreed and for that added this prepable section as well!
Pre-prep – double or triple your ingredients and do the following!
Get a large seedless watermelon, in 2 batches blender and strain the juice. Set aside
Strawberries/mint – put the whole large container in the blender (cored and halved) – strain. Set aside
Juice the limes – i have an attachment for my cuisinart – best thing ever – strain. Set aside.
Mint simple syrup – double or triple your batch, let it cool, set aside
Depending the size and quantity of your pitchers, make your mixtures ahead.
You containers for salads in a jar might be a good option as well!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it went and leave a comment.