You can make this with other melons such as cantaloupe and honeydew. The cool green of a honeydew would make a pretty cooler.
You can also use this cooler as a base for a simple cocktail by adding vodka or champagne or simply making it a sparking, non-alcoholic spritzer by adding Perrier.
Place all of your ingredients in a blender and push the button. Simple as that. Adjust for your desired texture and taste by adding extra sugar, water or lime juice. My watermelon was so nice and sweet it didn't need any added sugar. I also used the juice from the watermelon as part of my water.
Let your cooler chill in the refrigerator before serving. The colder the better!!
Fresh Melon Cooler
Makes about 1 quart
Recipe from Season 3 of Rick Bayless' Mexico - One Plate at a Time
4 cups (packed) fresh melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew)
1/2 cup water; plus more if necessary
1/4 cup sugar; plus more if desired
About 2 Tbsp lime juice; plus more if desired
Mise en place:
- peel, seed and roughly chop up melon
- measure out water
- measure out sugar
- juice lime
Scoop the fruit into a blender, then add the water, sugar and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Add more water, if necessary, to achieve a light easy-to-drink consistency. Taste and season with more sugar and lime if you think necessary.
You can also add extra flavorings (mint to honeydew, orange juice to cantaloupe, and blended raspberries to watermelon) if you like.
I am sharing this recipe at IHHC.