Labor Day Food

8 Sep

Iced DrinkI know it’s long past Labor Day but I’ve had a busy week with back to school and all. However, my labor day was rather awesome because the Chef o’buddy spirit took over. I decided I wanted to have a picnic with Josh and I started to whip up quite a few creations. A few hours later: we were munching on Black Bean Dip, Olive dip, and cheese spread. Now the Black Bean and Olive Dip I made myself and I’m happy to add the recipes to my blog if anyone is interested. The cheese spread was from The Laughing Cow and although they called it cream cheese, I truly feel it tasted more like Gouda.

Now no picnic is complete without a drink correct? I knew I had to make something good. I was going to just make my famous limeade, but then I decided to change it up and make Watermelon Limeade.

Watermelon Limeade

1  1/4 cups fresh squeezed lime juice (or as much as you can get out of about 6 limes)

3 cups simple syrup (cooled)

Seedless Watermelon (I used about an 8th of a medium watermelon so use as much as you’d like. Try to not overpower the limeade).

2-3 tablespoons orange blossom honey (according to taste)

Directions:

Put the lime juice in a blender

Add 1 cup of the simple syrup and blend on a high setting for about 30 seconds

Cut watermelon into medium sized squares

Add watermelon and blend for another 30 seconds

Add honey and blend for another 30 seconds

Taste

Gradually add more  simple syrup until the limeade is sweet enough for you. Keep in mind it will become sweeter the colder it gets.

Why use simple syrup? Actually…what the heck is simple syrup?

Simple syrup is simply sugar and water that have been heated. It allows one to gauge the sweetness of a drink better. Why? Simply because the sugar is already dissolved.

Seedless watermelon is not natural. Watermelons are suppose to have seeds.

If you think seedless watermelon is not only unnatural but also just downright weird you can use a regular watermelon. However, you MUST make sure there are no seeds in your drink by picking out all of the seeds.

This drink does take a while and you might get really sticky while making it, but it’s worth it in the end.

It was nice to sit in the park and have a lovely picnic. It was also nice to not waste my money on a sandwich from a deli.

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