Last week we decided to get out of the hustle of Port-au-Prince. We leave the city through congested streets and drive up Route National 1, up the Cote des Arcadins. We are in search of two things, salty ocean breezes and beautiful watermelons. Watermelons, by virtue of their size and water requirements, are expensive and hard to come by in the capital, but along the coast, and especially around the small town of Luly, there are mounds of them piled high on roadside stands. We pull over and I ask for one watermelon, "youn melon dlo." And with thoughts of watermelon recipes dancing through my head, I can't help but ask for two more. Incredulous, the farmer asks me if I am sure I really want three watermelons? "Yes," I say. "Well then you must have a very big family who loves watermelons," he laughs. At home this week our small watermelon loving family of two-and-a-half polished off watermelon salads, pies, and one of our new favorites, a Watermelon Limeade. With a spike of tartness from key limes, this is a great thirst quencher in these hot August days.
Yield: a pitcher of limeade
- 6 cups watermelon cubed, rind removed
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, we use key limes
- 1/4 cup sugar or honey
- Puree the watermelon, lime juice and sugar or honey until smooth. Taste and add more lime, sweetener or water to your preference. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and discard the remaining solids.
- Add ice and serve.
- You can opt to skip the straining if you are ok with a little extra texture to your juice.
- This drink will keep for up to 2 days refrigerated, stir prior to serving.