Watermelon Lemonade

Lime juice and lemon soda with loads of ice have always been my summer buddies. I do experiment with them, but the options are limited. No wonder, I have the gorgeous sunny lemons sitting in my fridge at all times. But only until I found this wonderful recipe on the net.
I couldn’t wait to try out this version of watermelon with a dash of fresh, aromatic and cooling mint to it.
Watermelon Lemonade
Cooking Time: 15-20 mins
Serves: 20 glasses

Water – 12 cups
Lemon juice – 2 cups
Sugar – 1 1/2 cup or as per taste
Watermelon – 1 small or 1/2 large. Seeded and chopped
Fresh mint leaves – 15
Jalapeno – 1, seeded and chopped (Recipe says Jalapeno. I couldn’t find one. I used Chilly – half. Seeded and chopped)
Ice cubes

1. Combine water,mint, jalapeno/chilly, sugar, watermelon, lemon juice and blend to a puree. The ingredients are quiet a quantity, so blend in batches.
2. Let the puree stand for 10 mins for the flavors to seep in. (I’m too impatient, so I usually give this step a miss 🙂 )
3. Strain the mixture through a sieve.
4. Leave it in the fridge for a while and for that extra cooling.
5. While serving, toss some ice cubes in the serving glass and pour the lemonade over. I love the way the cubes start to float in that bright scarlet liquid.

Beat the summer heat with this super-refreshing cooler.
Salut!!! 🙂

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Warm welcome to BitesandPlaces!
My humble little blog has its own story to tell… my story… I’m gregarious being, vagabond at heart and have a monstrous appetite for food. I used to be a Human Resource professional until few years ago. To be among, with and for people was the reason I’d chosen this field.
Being in HR, I could only accomplish the ‘people’ part. I still yearned to be in those places I saw on TV and travel magazines and craved to eat all kinds of food that lulls you into coma. I didn’t want to be just a spectator anymore. I wanted to be in those pictures.
Luck smiled at me and I fell sick with an awful heart, lungs and liver disorder. Family said stay home. Rest.
Rest? Were they crazy? I grabbed this opportunity and quit my job; to pursue my passion – people, places and food.

Being on my own gave me lot of spare time for all the three.
I’m not a professional cook, but I’m mighty passionate about cooking. Although Indian, BitesandPlaces does not restrict itself to just the dishes of my country, which are toothsome beyond doubt. I’ve also tried to put together a bunch of mouth-watering and eye-pleasing recipes scattered from all parts the world. A lot of them are a tribute to my mum’s kitchen, the ones I grew up with. Few of them are a result of my experimentation and few others, borrowed from my generous friends 🙂

I religiously follow Andrew Zimmern’s favorite quote – what looks good to your eyes, EAT IT!! After all food is something that follows no boundaries, isn’t it.

Travel, I believe, is about exploring new places, meeting new people, building new relations, soaking in their culture, gorging on their cuisines, discovering their stories and of course, capturing all of these in my teeny-tiny camera.

After having been there and done that, I was inspired to share my travelogues with you, encourage you to travel and in some way find a bit of your happiness through me.
Thus BitesandPlaces was born!

Life’s a journey and people, places and food are all a part of it. So, come along with me and eat your way through this journey called Life…

I like staying connected. And it’ll be a frosting on my cake if you drop a line or two at natasha@bitesandplaces.com.

Celebrate Life!!!
Natasha Gracious

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