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Ladies and gents: this is not a summer cocktail, but instead a delectable and delightful non-alcoholic beverage guaranteed to refresh and spiff up your next summer soiree.  Louisa Shafia’s Watermelon, Mint, and Drinking Vinegar Tonic is certain to refresh and delight.  And, if you have an extra day to prep, put this on your list.  If you start now, you can have a fun potable for tomorrow’s Fourth Festivities.

What you need:  3 cups water, 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1 cup honey, 6 cups chopped watermelon, 1 cup tightly packed mint, 1 cup cider vinegar.

  1. Boil water in a medium saucepan. Add honey until dissolved; remove from heat.
  2. Combine the watermelon, mint, and honey-water and let cool, then add the vinegar. Steep the mixture in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  3. Strain the mixture and store in refrigerator for up to a week.  Once, you’ve strained the mixture, you’re left with delicious pickled watermelon.  How’s that for a bonus?
  4. To serve, pour 1/4 cup of the concentrate into a glass over ice and dilute to taste.  I recommend soda water.  Garnish with whatever’s around: sliced cukes, mint, basil, shaved ginger.  You pick!
  5. Deliciousness.

Louisa Shafia also just published her own cookbook: The New Persian KitchenYou should buy it.


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