As fall is close approaching, our hearts linger in the thought of those summer days soon to be dormant. We still have some time, though, and we are holding some sunshine with this delightfully fresh cocktail Watermelon Limoncello Lemonade.
Watermelon Limoncello Lemonade, a glass of sunshine to remind us of the sunny, warm days, that are diminishing very rapidly by the cool north winds, reminding us that fall is approaching. The warmth of the nice golden yellow color and the brightness of the flavors of chilled limoncello, yellow watermelon from B.C. Canada, a dash of lemon juice and grated ginger, set the stage for last back yard BBQ’s or lounging on a beach watching waves flow in and fall out. The sun shining, thirsts high and a nice tall glass of this cocktail to quench the palate.
I have to say I am a beach bum, give me some sand, sunshine and a bit of sea or ocean and my true colors and inner child come out, especially with a nice wedge of watermelon in my hand and dripping from my chin. When I was younger winter was fun, tobogganing, skiing, spending endless nights in the snow playing sculpting forts, and making angels in the snow till I could not feel my fingers and toes. As I mature, (for sake of not saying getting older), it is becoming more difficult to accept and enjoy the fall and winter seasons. The temperatures are bone chilling, snow shoveling a back grueling feat. The lack of daylight accompanied by the fact that the back yard is no longer echoing with the sounds of the water falls flowing in the pond is missed. The lack of color other than the massive amounts of lights and decorations that celebrate the Christmas season is evident in that blank white canvas with haunting shadows of the spindles of branches, leafless, is daunting. Well I have the cure and there is a bit of summer left. With that being said, I am going to introduce to you a cocktail of pure sunshine hosting B.C. watermelon and Positano limoncello, that I think you will enjoy and will bring laughter, smiles, and that look of ahhhhhh this is the life!
The story behind the Watermelon Limoncello Lemonade.
Nicoletta and I had taken a trip to the Amalfi coast in Italy. A series of towns teeter on the mountain side overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Beautiful towns each with their specialty dishes and produce. One thing that is evident is these massive Goliath lemons that first captivate you with their size, then the aroma that wafts through these narrow inclining paths, intoxicate you, building a craving for something lemony. It was in Positano where we bought and brought back to our home in Canada, a bottle of this liquid gold Limoncello. And it was in Capri where we had the best and tangiest lemonade ever!
I had never tried limoncello before. We were at a restaurant in Positano. A beautiful place on the patio hanging over a cliff watching the moonlight reflect on the waters of this bay of the sea. We had a most delicious meal and the owners of the restaurant brought us a nice after dinner liquor, yes limoncello. Chilled to the point that the glass had some frost on it. My first sip went down and what I thought would give me brain freeze did the opposite. Warmth running down my throat into my belly absorbing into every cell of my body, and the smile that came across my face endless, and that memory lives on in the drink that we have prepared for you today Watermelon Limoncello Lemonade.
At our usual trot to the farmers market downtown, we brought home one of those cute small watermelons. We left it to ripen a bit. The other day Nicoletta cut it open and expecting to see that rich crimson color was so so surprised to find it to be yellow. Not just any yellow, but a vibrant, bright rich yellow. The smell she said was amazing and she had a taste to find it was juicy sweet and very close in flavor to your usual watermelon. Nicoletta and I always wanted to do a post on some kind of cocktail or drink, and at that point I think we found the base for a wonderfully fresh and vibrant drink.
Nicoletta was looking through a magazine, when she stumbled upon a wonderful watermelon cocktail. Having most of the ingredients and a bit of creativity we created our glass of summer sunshine. Some of the B.C. yellow watermelon, the last bit of the limoncello, some lemon juice and grated ginger, and into the blender it goes. Puree till smooth and into a pitcher in the fridge for a while. Some nice soda water or sparkling water is added just before serving, in goes some ice, and a slice of lemon lingering on the edge of the glass for looks. The flavor fresh, sweet from the watermelon, that nice punch of citrus from the lemon juice. The ginger offering a bit of spice, and that backdrop of limoncello warming and lemony with a slight kick, all floating in those wonderful bubbles of some sparkling water. I love this cocktail so smooth and not too over the top. Slightly alcoholic, just perfect.
Imagine this, you hear the waves coming in sculpting the sand and going out crashing on some distant rocks. The sun is shining and you feel the rays caressing your skin. Your body relaxed as your stretched out on a lounge chair, no worries rushing on that busy street of the mind, and you open your eyes to the sound of the waiter saying, “Here’s the Watermelon Limoncello Lemonade that you ordered”.
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- 4 cups watermelon, chopped seedless or seeds removed
- 3 Tbsp Limoncello
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 200 ml soda or sparkling water
- ice cubes
- lemon slices for garnish
- In a blender, whirl watermelon with limoncello, lemon juice and ginger until smooth.
- Pour into a pitcher.
- Refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours.
- Before serving, stir in soda or sparkling water, then pour into glasses filled with ice cubes and garnish with lemon slices.