This is Ina Friday which falls on the first Friday of the month when a group of bloggers come together to blog about one of Ina’s recipes and make the food from the original recipe. Another option we have is to create or modify one of her recipes after being inspired by it. I’m taking the second road and developing a healthier recipe based on one of Ina’s.
Do you ever go to a party and wish there were something to drink besides alcohol and sodas? It happens to me often. Oh, I do occasionally drink alcoholic beverages, usually on very special occasions. Taking care of myself, exercising and being careful with my diet are a priority to stay healthy.
Alcohol is on my list of foods and beverages “to avoid” for my healthy eating habits, and I have learned, or conditioned myself to drink plain water if thirsty. In Spain (hubbie’s home), there are more options for teetotalers. It’s easy to find a variety of non-alcoholic beverages on the menu, even non-alcoholic beer on tap. And here in Arizona, I really enjoy a bottle of German Clausthauler beer from time to time. It’s the best “non” that I’ve ever tasted.
This week the Ina Friday blog group members are making an appetizer or beverage and I’ve been eyeballing the watermelon mojito from her Ina’s book Barefoot Contessa: How Easy is That? I know it’s a bit early for watermelon, but it’ll be hot soon enough and then you’ll have this drink in your arsenal of summer beverages. I’ve modified the original recipe to exclude the rum, and I’ve reduced the amount of sugar, making it a perfect healthy and refreshing drink on a spring or summer day, and I’ve kicked it up with extra mint and hot sauce (optional). When I was at the store I was tempted to buy cantalope melon, which would also taste great with mint, but I controlled myself in order not to stray too far off of Ina’s idea. If you like this drink you could try and do some experimenting on your own; try apple, kiwi, or honeydew melon. Hope you enjoy this healthy beverage recipe for kicked up non-alcoholic watermelon mojito.
This drink depends on the size of the leaves you use. I recommend starting with 1/4 cup and then adding more if necessary. It tastes best with a lot of mint, and if you want more kick to it try adding a few drops of hot sauce per glass.
- 2 cups watermelon, cubed (1 pound)
- 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons agave syrup
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup mint fresh leaves, loosely packed (about 30 small to medium leaves)
- Louisiana hot sauce (optional)
- Blend the ingredients Starting with about 15 leaves of mint.
- Add more mint to kick it up more, if you like more mint in it.
- Add about 4 drops of hot sauce per person (optional)
Weight Watchers PointsPlus equals 6;
there are four servings and each serving is 1 point.
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