Yum Peaceful Cooking: Melon-Berry Twist

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Melon-Berry Twist

Its been hot and ooooh so humid with all its glorified mugginess this weekend. No, this isn't Florida. It's not New Orleans, and it's not Birmingham.

I'm talking about Los Angeles!

I'm miserable. I'm grumpy...and I sure could use an attitude adjustment (just ask Sir Sportsalot, he'll confirm it all).

Yesterday I came across this awesome recipe for a very cool and refreshing drink over at Kahakaikitchen; Watermelon Aqua Fresca. <----click there if you wanna see the original recipe. Thank you Deb...you helped add spice to my weekend :)

It looked so crips and so good and when she mentioned rum...the wheels started turning. I happened to have watermelon and raspberries on hand. And rum! No Aqua Fresca, but thats ok. I improvised and totally made this intentionally healthy drink NOT healthy.


1 1/2 cups seedless watermelon chunks
1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
1 1/2 cups Sprite
1 cup rum
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

In a blender, combine the melon, berries and Sprite. At this point, I recommend straining your fruit mixture. I dunno about you, but I don't enjoy raspberry seeds between my teeth. I don't have a grand idea on the best method to do this. My wire mesh strainer got soooo clogged, it irritated me. I used cheese cloth but wasn't thrilled with that method either. It just took a while....but really it is worth doing. Is there a simple method out there? If so....please let me know.

Now...in a small sauce pan over medium low heat, combine water and sugar. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves...seconds really. Add to fruit mixture along with the rum. Stir and serve on the rocks.

Do you know how many possibilities you have here? I mean the fresh watermelon flavor being chased by the raspberry really is awesome....but I picked up some frozen peaches at the store today.....banana-peach anyone? or what about strawberry and blueberry? I'm really excited about the flavor combos and possibilities of this. Don't like rum? Thats ok...there's always tequila :).



  1. One word.. Yum okay maybe that was three but you get the point ;)

  2. Looks good--I like the additions you made!



  3. This looks great for a party! Can't wait to show Steve, you know he's in charge of drinks around here! lol

  4. It's hot and miserable and energy-draining humid here too. I could use a couple of these delicious drinks to make me feel better!

  5. I saw that recently somewhere else too, it looks great. It's been wicked hot and humid here too.

  6. Your Blog is so fun to read, I'm lovin it. And this drink is happening soon at my house, yum. I am also thinking that Raspberry-Peach would be tasty, Thanks for sharing such a fun recipe :)

  7. Lisa - Thank you :) I'm glad you stopped by and are enjoying yourself. The Peach and Raspberry combo sounds awesome. I was thinking about trying Peach and Banana this weekend. Let me know how yours turns out. Just be prepared for a little bit of a mess when you strain the raspberry seeds out LOL.

  8. I'm a little surprised this is tequila-less... ;) But it looks Awesome!!!

  9. Shane - LMAO!! I know huh!! well, it did cross my mind but I held firm and steady and did the rum! I'm thinking this weekend will be the bananas and peach...should I go rum or tequila?


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