Imagine if checking a persons character was as easy as testing a watermelon for ripeness? A quick thump on the head or back and if the sound rang back hollow, you knew the person was a worthy individual. If the sound resonated thick and dull, perhaps you could live without them, and you'd extend their shelf life in hopes they'd reevaluate their level of ripeness.
The other day as I was in the grocery store struggling under the weight of two over sized watermelons, attempting to balance a third just so I could pull out a fourth, a man nearby asked me if I needed any help. He quickly grabbed my melons (the water ones) and after placing them back on the stand, he proceeded to thump rhythmically on the bursting bellies of the green and white exterior of the fruit. I almost expected marimba dancers in wild colored skirts to come prancing from behind the dried fruit and nut racks.
To my dismay, no exotic dancers; the only excitement that happened following the kind gentleman's drumming session was the perfectly hand picked selection of watermelons he displayed before me. I am the worlds most indecisive grocery shopper- he had no idea what was in store for him, thus proceeded my hemming and hawing of a lip biting and hair twirling decision making process. He must have wandered off halfway through this epidemic because when I turned to graciously thank him, he had disappeared. Had he even existed? I'm sure if I had given him a thump on the head, he would've resonated hollow, much like the watermelon now in my possession. He may also have smashed a melon on my foot for thumping his head.
This drink is a gentle combination of the earthy garden flavor from the rosemary tangled with the sweet summer fruit of watermelon. The pulpy consistency of the pureed watermelon is a desirable texture for a palette who likes a little unexpected fun and games. If you prefer smooth sailing without a salty mist, or a calm day without a light breeze, perhaps an additional straining at the end would eliminate some of the pulp. Either way, commence the kick off of summer treats and beverages. This one has claimed a spot. Happy Mason Monday!
Rosemary Infused Watermelon Lemonade
Adapted from All Recipes
- 1 cup of water
- 2/4 cup sugar
- 1 sprig rosemary leaves
- 1.5 cups lemon juice
- 10-12 cups seeded cubed watermelon (about half a large watermelon)
Bring the water and sugar to a boil over the stove. Add rosemary and turn off heat, and leave to steep for about an hour. In a blender, puree half the lemon juice and half the watermelon. Strain the rosemary syrup into the blender and blend again until smooth. Strain into a pitcher (or large mason jar), and repeat process with remaining lemon and watermelon. Stir over ice and garnish with mint, rosemary or lemons. Or all of the above, as I tend to do. What's a subtle garnish, anyway?