If you've paid any attention to the weather lately, you've probably heard the West Coast has been hit with a bit of a heatwave just in time of the 4th of July holiday.
If you're looking for the perfect cool down for the holidays, look no further. I bring you Watermelon Floats! Cold, light and refreshing.
I made these for the first time a couple of years ago during a Hermiston Watermelon party. Introducing hometown melons to people who'd likely had them and didn't know it. It's early yet for a Hermiston melon, but another sweet ripe melon will substitute. Here's the oft requested recipe for anyone wanting to know:
Watermelon Floatsserves 2
2 cups chopped watermelon (seedless or with black seeds removed)
1 cup club or lemon-lime soda (with a couple dashes more)
ice cream (or non-dairy substitute, I use coconut ice cream)
Mix watermelon and soda in a blender. Blend well. You can run the juice through a mesh, but I never do, and have never had a problem. Put a couple of scoops of ice cream in a glass. Pour watermelon mixture over ice cream, but just about 3/4 of the way up the glass. The blending will have defizzed your soda, so it won't look frothy like a float at this point. Grab your soda can/bottle and top off the glass to give it that extra fizz and froth of a true float.
And the best thing about it is you can serve it in blue glasses and have a nice and easy Red, White and Blue treat for Independence Day!