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

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

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

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:

Watermelon Martini

  • 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

Watermelon Martini, ready for drinking

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Keep Calm and Fanny On on 09 May 2015 16:51:08

Looks and sounds lovely - you'll get a fair few cocktails out of each pint portion!

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