How is it almost watermelon season again? This juicy red fruit is not only synonymous with the season of Summer it is refreshing and fun to eat, even though it can be a little messy I always get happy when someone hands me a slice of this magnificent melon. Watermelon is high in antioxidants making this a super-Summer- food. BBQ’s, festivals, wedding and baby showers, no matter what type of function you are attending there is sure to be some cheers to be had. However, what if you are not a drinker of alcoholic refreshments? That does not have to stop the party. Maybe you are a sober person like myself, or circumstances are temporarily putting you in the mocktail zone like you are a mom-to-be. Well, congrats on either and don’t let the absence of liquor stop you from toasting with the others who do indulge.
Rose water has been a fave flavor addition of mine for a few months now,( my Matcha-Rose Custard recipe was a huge hit) and can be a lovely subtle way to pretty up whatever you are concocting in the kitchen.
Today I have infused rose water into this refreshing spritzer, and now you can tell your friends its Rose-‘all-day, minus the wine. I mean it is somewhat accurate. Rose water is a known complexion tonic, a little mist over the face and body to purify and beautify your skin. Other health benefits include:
• improves mood
• stress reduction
This punch makes a perfect thirst quencher, and if you are hosting an event, it is very classy to have options. It is like having vegan alternatives for the vegetarians.
- 6 cups Watermelon Juice- pre-made. If you have time to make your own you could send the puréed watermelon through a sieve to give it a less textured feel, it depends on if you are a pulpy person or not. I am not so I keep it specific to just juice and no flesh.
- Lime Juice (one lime squeezed)
- 1/2 Cup Rose Water
- 4 Cups Pelligrino or any fizzy water of choice. I found a fun cucumber sparkling water that I love paired with these other flavors.
- Fresh Mint & Basil to garnish
I did not add any sweetener to mine, but you can certainly add agave, honey, monk fruit, or your choice of sugar.
Note: If you are a Rose Water virgin, try taking a dip first. Put a few drops in a glass of water to sip and awaken your taste buds to this new flavor. It is not overpowering like some floral additions to foods and drink can be but you can start small and sample as you go so it does not feel like you are chewing on a bouquet of roses.
Mix all ingredients in a pitcher. Add ice separately to glasses, so the punch does not get diluted in the pitcher. Garnish individual cups with mint; basil rose petals or watermelon.
Happy Summer Food Athletes! Cheers!
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Love Your Body!
xo Jessi xo