It's been in the 100s here all week, which is actually cooler than normal this time of year...but way too hot to hang out there long.
So, I made WaterLimoncello Slushes!
(You read that right - Watermelon and Lemon/Limoncello Slushes = WaterLimoncello Slush. What would you call it? I got stuck!)
Easy as pie too. Actually, way easier. I hate making pie crusts.
Here's what I used:
Half of an average sized seedless watermelon
up to a quart of lemonade - homemade, mixed, whatever.
ice cream machine
Limoncello - I use about a shot per serving, and right now I have Caravella.
Here's what I did:
Scoop out the middle of the watermelon - an ice cream scoop is fun to use, and kids would totally love to do it.
Puree it in a food processor or blender in small batches - or else you will have a very sticky pink appliance. The amount of liquid you need depends on your ice cream machine - mine is a two quart machine - you'll want about 1/2-2/3 of your total liquid to be watermelon juice.
So I made about 1.25 quarts of watermelon juice, and filled the remainder with homemade lemonade, just for a hint of lemon and sweet/tart to break up the very sweet watermelon. Now is also time to add the Limoncello. You don't have to, and without it you have a kid friendly slush. Just don't overfill your machine.
My machine has an interior bucket that you freeze ahead of time - follow your machine's instruction manual for freezing.
Here's a pic of the juice - with room left at the top of the container for expansion.
For awhile, it's hard to see the ice chunks in it, but when it looks like you could buy it from the corner store, you got it. You want it thick and icy, but not solid.
I honestly can't think of anything more summery and refreshing than Slush + Watermelon + Lemonade. That = Summer in my book.