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July 29th,
written by Arthur

Why is it so hot in New York this summer? I’m almost starting to think that there might be something to this whole global warming myth! Almost. It’s a good thing I found something cool to keep my mind off the science.

Watermelon sorbet is my current momentary cure for the unending heat wave. The ingredients are simple. There are only three:

  • 5 Cups Watermelon Chunks (no seeds please—about half-a-pound of watermelon is a cup)
  • 6 Tablespoons of sugar (use more if you like things sweeter)
  • 2 Teaspoons of Lime Juice (I used lemon because I had some around)

Just take all of that and throw it in a blender or food processor and let it go until you have a liquid. Put the liquid in the fridge until it’s nice and chilly. Then put the chilled liquid in the ice cream maker.

You don’t have an ice cream maker? That’s ok. I didn’t either until about a week ago when Meg got me one for my birthday. (Thanks, Meg!) But past-Arthur could still have an awesome frozen treat. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, just throw the liquid in the freezer for a while until it turns to slush, then eat it. If it gets too hard, just put the frozen mix back in the food processor for 30 seconds or so.

I ended up making both the ice cream maker version and the slush because I didn’t know, looking at watermelons in the store, how many cups of “chunks” they would give me. It turns out about half-a-pound of watermelon is a cup, as I learned when I bought about 5 pounds, twice the 5 cups I need for my planned sorbet.

Both the ice cream and slush are perfect for a hot day. The watermelon flavor is fresh and crisp; even the bright color is refreshing.

I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m sure that the chilled watermelon liquid will make a rock’n mixer for some white rum! If anyone tries this, definitely post a comment. (Wise: Maybe you can get Kathy on this one with a bottle of Limon.)


  1. Debbie

    YAY watermelon! It looks really delicious – maybe I’ll try it sometime with my blender.

  2. Loren

    I made something similar to this but in the form of a margarita. Omit the sugar, add some triple sec and some 1800 tequila and blend it up. It was pretty good. I think it might have been even better with some lime zest and maybe a sprig of mint as a garnish, but that might have been gilding the lily.

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