Turns out August 3rd is National Watermelon Day. With temperatures over 90 F even up here in chilly Boston, it only makes sense that we’d have a whole day devoted to a fruit that’s about 91% water– gotta stay hydrated! In an unintentional recognition of the holiday, I noticed that I had almost an entire watermelon (cubed) chillin’ in the fridge that was starting to get mealy. I also had pinned a recipe from Meal Makeover Moms for Watermelon Pie that looked rather intriguing and delicious. So I used that recipe as inspiration for these watermelon cupcakes (the silicone baking cups are making another appearance!):
But, before you see these a go “Ooooo I want the recipe!” I must tell you– you don’t. Being an overachiever, I looked at the MMM’s recipe and thought, “I don’t need that much simple syrup; I’ll just replace it with watermelon.” Now, I know full well that sugar is necessary in frozen desserts because it interferes with water crystallization and helps create something that can be chewed without waiting for it to melt first (think: sorbet vs. ice cube), but I did it anyway. And I ended up with watermelon ice chunks, as I should have. Not good eats. Still refreshing, but not the easiest thing to eat ever. So, just follow the MMM’s recipe and you’ll end up with something lovely and delicious (and healthy), I’m sure. I still have more watermelon, so I might try again!
That being said, I had some extra watermelon puree leftover after filling the cups. What to do, what to do… Ooo I know- add vodka! Why? Because I’m 21, and I can. (Side note: this was also my 21st birthday into the Catholic Church [I was baptized on Aug 3], and Catholics practically invented alcohol, so I figured it was appropriate. Also:
If that doesn’t make you like the Pope, I don’t know what will.) Anywho, I had about 3 cups of this puree left in the blender and added about 1 shot of vodka (I party hard, can you tell?) and some ice and made a lovely watermelon cocktail:
My roommate didn’t like it very much, but I loved it… oh well, more for me! And I didn’t even have to feel guilty about it, because I know that watermelon is full of vitamins A and C, potassium, and lycopene, the antioxidant that cooked tomatoes are famous for (watermelon has 2x as much!). Also, very low levels of daily-ish alcohol consumption have been shown to provide benefits to the consumer, so there’s that too. Now that I think about it, alcohol also has some antifreeze properties, so it probably could replace some of the sugar in the MMM’s original recipe… hmmm… maybe I’ll try that next time. Of course, those wouldn’t exactly be kid friendly and that’s kind of what the MMMs are all about ;).