Yes I know, life is too short to freeze watermelon, however waste not want not.
I had a watermelon earmarked for cocktails last weekend however we never made it to the watermelon martinis. Rather than waste this amazing fruit I decided to freeze it.
Freezing the watermelon takes a bit of prep -- time mostly. A quick Google told me you are best to deseed, slice, freeze on a tray then place in a bag. Too much work! I only need the juice for future libation ;-)
Firstly I sliced the watermelon up and deseeded it. A bit of a bore but I thought it was the right thing to do as I planned to blend the chunks to extract the juice.
Deseeded Watermelon chunks
As I sliced up and deseeded I realised the juice was very easy to extract - it was running out of my hands during the process. Using the blender for the next stage seemed excessive so I raided the cupboard for an alternative tool.
A potato ricer -- perfect.
I threw a few chunks into the ricer and squeezed the juice out. It was at this stage I realised I could have saved time and left the seeds in. I hadn't wanted them to be blitzed in the blender but this new squeezing method was fine for the seeds.
My potato ricer method yielded two and a half litres (four and a bit pints) of juice.
Squeezing the watermelon
I then sieved the liquid and split it into four portions, before popping them in the freezer.
Watermelon Juice ready for freezing
Next time I need an emergency watermelon martini things will be much simpler.
Oh, and my recipe for this amazing cocktail:
- 35ml vodka
- 35ml sugar syrup (home made or bought)
- 25ml Passoã
- 50ml watermelon juice
- squeeze of lime
Shake it all together in an iced cocktail shaker. Serve with a slice of watermelon (or not!)
Watermelon Martini, ready for drinking
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