Honey Lime Watermelon Fizz

Hello! I hope you all are staying warm and dry this winter season. If you’ve seen the news, you know that winter has been especially brutal in Boston. I’ve almost fallen into ten foot snow piles multiple times. A kind stranger even helped hold me up to prevent a wipeout. With an additional two feet of snow expected this weekend, we are all wishing for the warm, sunny days of summer. This morning, I decided to make a drink that would transport me to the beach with one sip.

Honey Lime Watermelon Fizz
Honey Lime Watermelon Fizz

Refreshing watermelon mixes perfectly with brightness from freshly squeezed lime juice and a hint of sweetness from honey. Add seltzer water for the ultimate finishing touch.

Honey Lime Watermelon Fizz

  • 2 cups fresh watermelon, diced into cubes
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 cup seltzer water (I used cranberry lime seltzer)

1. Dice fresh watermelon into cubes (or you can buy watermelon already cubed). Add the watermelon to the blender.

2. Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the blender.

3. Add 2 teaspoons of honey to the blender. You can add more or less depending on how much sweetness you prefer.

4. Blend until the watermelon is fully pureed.

5. Pour the mixture into a glass and add seltzer water to your taste. I added about 1 cup!

Note: I used an immersion blender for this recipe. One of my Christmas presents was this KitchenAid beauty that comes with a blending jar (among other things)! 

The drink may naturally separate, like this:

Watermelon Fizz Naturally Separating

Just take a spoon and mix it together again if this is bothersome to you.

Quick, easy, refreshing, and healthy. Close your eyes and imagine that spring and summer sunshine!

The Best Fruit Salad I Ever Made

I attended¬†dinner party recently to say goodbye to another dear friend of mine moving away. Charged with bringing a sweet treat, I wanted to make something healthy, refreshing, and incredibly delicious. I don’t know why, but for some reason the most random song came to my head – a song from that children’s show The Wiggles my little sister always used to watch and sing around the kitchen. The song repeats the phrase “fruit salad, yummy, yummy” over and over again. Fruit salad. Yes! Perfect choice.

Fruit salad is truly an all-purpose dish. You can have it with breakfast, lunch, dinner (better yet “brinner”), or dessert (especially over vanilla ice cream). While you can make fruit salad by simply chopping and combining your favorite fruits, adding flavors brings a little more “oomph” to it. Fruits like apples and bananas also brown easily when exposed for a period of time. Do you want to serve your guests brown fruit? Do you want to eat brown fruit? I didn’t think so.

My solution? Add honey, cinnamon, lemon juice, and lemon zest. That’s it! This fruit salad tastes like I’m eating freshly made pie filling, but without the inches-on-the-hips adding crust.

Best Fruit Salad
The Best Fruit Salad I Ever Made

 

Best Fruit Salad

Yield: 4 servings

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup cubed watermelon
  • 1 apple, chopped (the photo below has two, I chopped one and saw I had enough)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, cut into quarters
  • 1/3 cup honey (any kind of honey works – I used clover honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (if you like more, go for it!)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (I used just a little less than this)
  • lemon zest, to taste

1. Wash your fruit (the apples, blueberries, and strawberries in this case).

Let's get chopping!
Let’s get chopping!

2. Slice your banana, watermelon, apple, and strawberries. Keep those blueberries whole.

3. Transfer your sliced fruit to a large bowl.

4. Put 1/4 cup of honey into a glass or microwave safe bowl. Warm up the honey for 30 seconds in the microwave so it becomes more liquid.

5. Add the liquified honey to your fruit. Then, add your cinnamon, lemon juice, and lemon zest.

6. Stir all the goodness around in your large bowl. Done!

Note: If you let this fruit salad sit in your fridge for a few hours, the sugar from the honey will bring out the juices in the fruit (this is called maceration). The flavors will mesh even further, and it will taste even more like pie filling. Yum!