This time of the year every grocery flyer / circular you receive in the mail normally contains amazing deals on seedless watermelons. But growing up on the islands we were not accustomed to getting seedless anything… we had to old-school it and spit out the seeds. I remember hearing the old folks say that we shouldn’t eat the seeds or we’ll grow a water melon plant in our belly. Well due my love for watermelon and it’s refreshing nature, I should by now have an entire greenhouse of watermelon plants in my belly. Unless I do which would explain my ever growing waistline.
For under $3 I picked up a watermelon over the weekend and besides cubing it as a fruit salad for Tehya and Caron, I opted to add a little “zing” to it and make a frozen drink. I figured if they made daiquiris with ripe berries, why not water melon? A quick search on Google confirmed my thoughts. So water melon daiquiri it is then…
Note: If you were to search for a watermelon daiquiri recipe online you won’t see then using the Angostura bitters as I did. Being Trinbagonian it’s part of my culture to add a dash or two of our world famous bitters to everything.
4 cups seeded and cubed watermelon
1/3 cup rum (only use the over-proof stuff if you’re brave)
1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons orange liqueur (Cointreau)
4 teaspoons powdered sugar
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
coupe drops of Angostura bitters (new orange flavour one is excellent).
* slice or lime or watermelon wedge for garnishing.
I sliced the watermelon into pieces (as big as ice cubes), then placed them in a freezer lock bag and set them in the freezer for about 4-5 hours. After which I placed the frozen pieces of melon in a blender, along with the other ingredients I mentioned above and puree everything together (about a minute). That’s it.. you’re done!