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It’s Still Summer – Drink This! Fuzzy Melon Recipe from Jeremy Hanlon

August 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

My Fresh Chef's Fuzzy Melon in the making

Watermelons are still all over, and the weather is still sweltering. Here’s a recipe for a watermelon cooler from creative chef Jeremy Hanlon of West Palm Beach (My Fresh Chef – he caters and does private cheffing and is working on a TV show). I love his use of fresh fruits and vegetables in every dish he makes. Bold flavors in unusual combinations from fresh foods – that’s Hanlon.

You can go to Hanlon’s blog to read his story about the drink and vacation – but here’s the recipe for Fuzzy Melon (that’s my name for it that won his Facebook contest). A non-alcoholic version follows.

Fuzzy Melon

  • 3 cups ripe seedless watermelon – coarsely chopped
  • 1 lime – juice only
  • 1 ½ cups Peach Vodka (quantity may vary according to mood)
  • 8 ounces ginger ale
  • 4 sprigs mint – ripped into small pieces
  • 8 basil leaves – ripped into small pieces
  • 1 ½ tablespoon confectioners sugar
  • For garnish – mint leaves, lime slices

Place watermelon, lime, and vodka in blender.  Whip on high until watermelon is pureed.

Combine watermelon mixture, ginger ale, torn herbs and optional sugar in a large pitcher.  Stir to combine well and fill with crushed ice.

Serve in tall cooler glasses, garnished with a lime slice and mint leaves.

Makes 6 to 8 drinks.

Non-alcoholic version: Substitute 12-ounce can peach nectar for the vodka; continue as above.

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