Watermelon Slush

In the next few weeks watermelons will be replaced with pumpkins on the super market's shelves. Before cooler air and cozier food becomes our norm here's an easy to do refreshing recipe to turn an ordinary slice of watermelon into a slushy and sweet end of summer time treat.

No blender is needed.

All you need is:

1 medium sized watermelon

2 limes

4 tablespoons of brown sugar, optional

2 cups unsweetened or lightly sweetened cranberry juice

a handful of mint leaves, optional

a large knife

a large slotted spoon for mashing the watermelon

This recipe serves two.

The how to:

Slice up your watermelon into small pieces and put it into a large pot or bowl. Mash it up with the back end of your large slotted spoon. Use a blender if you like a thinner consistency. Pick out or strain the black seeds unless you're using a seedless watermelon like I did. Keep the light colored seeds, they're edible.

Add in 2 cups of cranberry juice and 4 tablespoons of brown sugar melted in 8 tablespoons of hot water if you desire more sweetness. Squeeze in the juice of two limes, pour your mixture into your glasses and place them in the freezer for about a half hour.

Stir, top with mint leaves, sit and rest while you enjoy your frosty treat!

According to Ayurveda, a natural medicinal practice from southern India, sweet tasting food is best to eat when the heat is on. It cools heat, grounds anxiety and strengthens all tissues.

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