One of my favorite, favorite memories about my time living with my Costa Rican host family years ago was waking up each morning to the sound of my host mom blending up freshly made refrescos. Basically she would puree whatever fruit was onhand that day – from mangoes, to pineapples, to bananas, to papayas, to lemon/lime, etc. – and mix them with water (or occasionally milk) to make the family fresh juice. Mmmm. Now I might not have been the most enthusiastic fan eating black beans and rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, but this was a custom I could get used to!! :)
Thus, when I found myself with a fabulous surplus of watermelon this week (what girl can pass up a sale on enormous, whole, ripe watermelon for $2.50 each??), thought it would be fun to revisit the tradition and mix the melon with some tart lemons to create a pitcher of juice for the day! Now, fun? It most definitely was. Last the entire day? Mmmmm…pretty sure it hardly made it through this photo shoot! Wonderfully irresistible. :)
So if you happen upon a great watermelon this week (or if even if you have some you need to use up that’s slightly overly- or under-ripe!), pull out your blender or food processor and join in the juicing fun Costa Rican-style! :) Pura vida!
- 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 cups fresh watermelon puree, strained through a coarse strainer to remove seeds
- 1/2 cup simple syrup (created by boiling 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar together until sugar is dissolved)
- 2 cups cold water
Stir everything together, and serve over ice. Feel free to garnish with lemon or watermelon slices, and/or mint!