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Refreshing Watermelon & Cucumber Juice

DSC06375As we are going on holidays tomorrow we are in the process of using up all the random bits of vegetables and fruit left so that we don’t have to throw them away or come back to a colony of fungi thriving in our fridge.

We bought quite a big watermelon a couple of days ago, and despite the high temperatures and the fact that we like watermelon, we haven’t been able to finish it. So, today was the day.  We just juice it with the remaining cucumber and half a lime to cut a bit through the sweetness, add a bit of mint and …Voila! An amazing summer juice!

Full of electrolytes and goodness.

The only work involved is removing the seeds from the watermelon, but it only took me 5 minutes.

Ingredients (for about 500ml)

Half a lime

A quarter of a big cucumber

500 grs of watermelon, de-seeded.

A sprig of mint.

How to:

1.- Place mint, cucumber, lime and watermelon on juicer and Go!

Tastes sweet, only a bit tangy and because watermelon and cucumber are both quite watery, the flavours are not too strong. If you add 150 ml of water to the mix, you’ll end up with something that tastes like a flavoured water.

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You can peel the cucumber to get an even pinkier juice; add some soda to make it fizzy or use one whole lemon instead of half a lime to make it a watermelon lemonade.

Have a great day! enjoy the sun!!

Paula

Ps. If you are looking for some other summer drinks, why not check out this refreshing Hungarian Lemonade (best lemonade I’ve had so far) or this amazing Strawberry-basil lemonade, both are guaranteed to fight the summer heat 🙂

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How to drink Fernet (and like it).

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Maybe you heard about it in The Dark Knight Rises: saw Alfred sipping the concoction and though it was sophisticated and chic, went out and got a bottle…or maybe you went on holidays to Italy and bought some… then you got home full of expectation, pour some on a glass and discovered that it was a thick, black liquid that looked and smelled more like the tonics they sold on the Wild West, than like something you’ll voluntarily drink on a Friday night out. Ah… Fernet! Such a strange drink, and yet, I love it!

If this is the first time you heard about Fernet, shame on you!

Fernet is a  type of bitter (and indeed it is very, very bitter) made from a number of herbs and spices which vary according to the brand (Fernet Branca being my favourite), but usually include myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe, and especially saffron, with a base of grape distilled spirits, and coloured with caramel colouring. It typically contains 45% alcohol by volume, so it is not something you drink by the glass, like a beer.

There is also a Fernet Mint, which is green, and tastes very minty (though my boyfriend says I’m delirious and “it tastes like medicine too”).

It is considered a digestif, and therefore drank in small amounts in a tiny glass. But I don’t know many people, aside from my grandfather, who actually enjoy Fernet that way (probably they all live in Italy): the taste is very strong, the consistency is a bit syrupy, your eyes tend to fill up with tears as the liquid goes down your throat and well…not the most pleasant of experiences.

However, there are two simple ways to enjoy this drink as a cocktail and they are delicious.

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For your Traditional Fernet cocktail you’ll need:

Ice cubes

Half a lemon

150ml Coke (approx.)

1 measure of Fernet.

A tall glass.

How to:

1.- Super easy! Add two slices of lemon to a glass and crush them a bit.

2.-Fill the glass (or a jar, as in this case) with tons of ice.

3.- Pour in the Fernet, it should be not much more than this:

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4.- Top with Coke (not Pepsi, Coke).

Unlike other drinks which are a bit more forgiving, it is important to get the balance of Fernet  to Coke right, if you do, this will be the most amazing, weird, unforgettable drink you’ll ever had. But you need to get the balance right, there is a precise point at which the sweetness of the Coke and the bitterness of the Fernet come together to make a drink that is neither sweet not bitter. It is just refreshing and dark, with a subtly sweet, herbal core. You drink Fernet prepared like this and you feel …Powerful… As I said, it is a weird drink 😉

It should be Batman’s drink of choice.

lemon on top.

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Decorate with a lemon wedge and enjoy!

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For your Mint Fernet cocktail you’ll need:

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Ice cubes

1 lime wedge

1 measure of Fernet Mint

150 ml Sprite (approx.)

1 tall glass

How to:

1.- Again, super easy! Fill a tall glass (or a jar) with tons of ice.

2.- Pour in the Fernet, it should be not much more than this:

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3.- Top with the Sprite (again, beware of the foam) and squeeze the lime on top.

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Ta dah! Ready to enjoy.

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What about that colour? BRIGHT GREEN! And with the lime and mint flavours, this is great for hot Summer days.

Hope you give these cocktails a try! You won’t regret it!

Have a great day!

Paula