Watermelon is one of my favourite fruits to eat during the sweltering summer months (which is almost all year round in Chennai). I love them diced into a salad with olives and feta, and I love them sliced into wedges and sprinkled with a pinch of chilli powder and salt. I also love them in my mojito with lots of fresh mint, but, most of all, I love a good tall glass of it freshly squeezed with a pinch of salt stirred in.
Since watermelons are grown locally and ubiquitous in Chennai, they are almost always very sweet. Sometimes a little too sweet for my liking so I like to offset that with some salt. And yes, it is true that the salt also accentuates the taste of the fruit, so even if you find yours to be not so sweet, I would recommend adding a pinch. This watermelon lemonade is so gloriously simple, you can have it ready to drink in ten minutes tops. Go!
- 500 ml watermelon juice
- 80 ml lemon juice
- 1/8 cup sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 10-15 fresh mint leaves
- Make a simple syrup: Mix together 1/8 cup sugar and 1/8 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer just until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and add the mint leaves (keep some for garnish). Steep for 2-3 minutes, then remove mint leaves and discard.
- Combine watermelon juice, lemon juice, salt, and sugar syrup in a jug and stir.
- Serve with ice cubes, lemon slices and a few fresh mint leaves.
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