Mother Nature must be feeling bad about giving Vancouver a bad start to summer. While everyone is talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks and how cool the weather is, we’re getting some hot temperatures here as if Summer is going out with a bang. Which is completely find mind you if you’re out enjoying the day … not if you’re stuck inside in your south facing office working on a website launch …
I just keep thinking it could be worse, I could be Phoenix. It makes it slightly better, slightly.
What does make it better are these Watermelon Ginger Fizz drinks. Deliciously cool and refreshing with a kick of ginger, makes my day go around.
Lately the watermelons have been extra juicy and flavourful, like all the summer sunshine concentrated in one glorious melon. I just wish they were more local then flying in from Yosemite of all places. Instead of buying one we bought two at our last grocery trip and I knew what just to make with the second.
These couldn’t be any easier to make. Dice, blend, shred some ginger, mix, strain and let sit for 30 minutes, pour with some ginger ale and voila!
Don’t ask me about this … I was trying to do my fancy gif image a la Granville Island, but realized the gif would compress the colours. So instead I saved all the images and made a swf out of them. It took me a couple of minutes to get the swf to show on the blog … aaand of course just as I got it uploaded I realized my camera can take film. Why didn’t I just tape the pouring of the drink?
Oh well. It’s hot and I’m not thinking straight, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!
- 5 cups, diced watermelon
- 1 - 2 tbsp, grated ginger
- ginger ale
- Take the rind off the watermelon and dice into cubes. Place into a blender. I found I needed a little bit of water at the bottom to help my blender start off, you may not need that. Blend for several seconds until smooth.
- Grate a hunk of ginger finely, mix in with the watermelon mix.
- Place into the fridge to cool and get all friendly for 30 minutes. Strain out the pulp and ginger to get a smooth juice.
- Pour into a glass with some ginger ale and enjoy! About a 2:1 ratio of watermelon juice to ginger ale.