Because this summer has been hotter than normal, I have become a bit obsessed with making versions of Peri’s Spice Ladle’s summer watermelon drink, which can be used as a refreshing fruit drink or a rather guilt-free cocktail: watermelon has so much potassium and fiber; the lemon juice, high in Vitamin C; the mint, so good for the digestion, not to mention refreshing. How’s that for rationalization.
Nearly incapable of following a recipe to the letter, I have come up with a lower calorie version of Peri’s original recipe posted in her summer drinks entry.
My Low Calorie Version of Peri’s Spice Ladle’s Watermelon Drink
1 to 1 ½ cups cubed watermelon
Juice of one fresh lemon
Juice of one fresh lime
1 packet of stevia or 1 tsp. of stevia powder
¼ to 1/3 cup tonic water
2 pinches of salt
2 pinches of black pepper
1-2 oz. of Tito’s or other GF Vodka
(I took out the calorie laden lemon lime soda–added real lemon and lime juice and tonic water– and the sweetener–added stevia powder, which is not only lower in calories, but does not cause a blood sugar issue.)
Whiz all the above ingredients in a blender until smooth. Taste. Correct the sweetness with more sweetener or correct the tanginess with more lime or lemon. Rewhiz. Taste. Throw in some ice cubes if you want it slushy like a margarita. Rewhiz. Pour into a fun martini glass. If you are giving it to company, I would float a couple of mint leaves on top for a polished look. This also works as a great refreshing and healthy drink–sans the Vodka–for kids.
This goes nicely with my husband’s favorite hors d’oeuvre of prosciutto wrapped shrimp. Add a summer evening cooled to an enjoyable temperature, a back deck, and later, a star-studded sky. Voila! A great stay-cation!