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Watermelon Recipes

Posted: 21 Jul, 2017. No comments
a stack of water melon

Watermelon recipes popular on Cyprus the Island of Aphrodite!

Watermelon – at this time of year there are an abundance of these fresh, locally grown fruit on offer. Found in supermarkets, on roadside stalls and even on the back of groaning old pick-up trucks with people hard at work selling their produce. In this blog post we focus on a couple of watermelon recipes that we have tested and enjoyed.

Daily temperatures are now in the mid-thirties Celsius, that is about ninety degrees Fahrenheit. It is hot,  hence the idea of something cooling is never far from people’s minds. Apart from a slice of watermelon what other recipes can you try?

photo of a heart shape on a slice of watermelon
Watermelon seeds arranged as a heart

Why not try  a sweet taste of cool watermelon sorbet?

Ingredients

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
4 cups seeded, chopped watermelon
1/4 cup lime juice

How to Make It

Bring 3 cups water and sugar just to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Cool.
Process sugar syrup and watermelon, in batches, in a blender until smooth. Stir in lime juice. Cover and chill 2 hours.
Pour mixture into the freezer container of a 1-gallon ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions.

In addition more sorbet recipes are available here 

You could be beating the heat with a refreshing watermelon cocktail?

For something fast that requires little planning ahead, why not try a cocktail?

Sandia Smash
Contributed by John Lermayer
Makes 1 drink

6 watermelon chunks (3 skewered on a pick, for garnish)
¾ oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ oz. agave nectar
½ oz. St-Germain elderflower liqueur
2 oz. blanco tequila

In a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 watermelon chunks. Add ice and the lime juice, agave nectar, St-Germain and blanco tequila and shake well. Fine-strain into a chilled, ice-filled collins glass, and garnish the drink with the skewered watermelon chunks.

This is just one of three super cocktails further recipes available here

Finally, for those planning to be on Cyprus in July 2018. Make a date to be at Frenaros Community Stadium, Famagusta District where the second annual Cyprus Watermelon event will take place. Building on the success of 2017 this is sure to be a bigger and better celebration of this unassuming fruit.

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