Here’s the recipe:
- 12 cups watermelon chunks
- 2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons sliced lemongrass
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 6 tablespoons minced shallot
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil (not toasted)
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (or your favorite mineral-dense natural salt)
- A bit if Thai or Serrano pepper to taste WEAR GLOVES & GOGGLES when handling spicy chili capsicums! (On the Scoville scale Thai peppers rate three peppers while Serranos are two, but I think they both very pungent so I add tidbits at a time. The seeds and ribs are the spiciest parts. The heat will mellow a bit after a few hours of refrigeration.)
- 4 to 6 tablespoons lime juice
- Maple syrup (to adjust sweetness if necessary)
- Mint leaves (for garnish)
- Lime slice (for garnish)
In your favorite serious blender, (Mine’s a Blendtec.), puree the watermelon and water. You might need to do this in two batches. Heat the sesame oil in a 4-cup saucepan or skillet. Add the lemongrass, ginger, garlic, and shallot. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of the watermelon puree and simmer the mixture for 3 minutes. Cool the mixture to room temperature and then add it to the blender with 4 cups of the watermelon puree, salt, your chili(s) of choice, and 4 tablespoons of lime juice (the juice of 2 limes). Hyper-blend and taste for seasonings. Add maple syrup, 1 teaspoon at a time, if needed. And more lime juice and chili if needed. Hyper-blend again and mix all the ingredients in a large vessel (pitcher, jar, water jug). Refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours.
Garnish with a mint leave and a slice of lime. Are your diners serious hotheads who LOVE chilis? Serve some minced ones on the side.
ServSafe says this will last safely for 7 days, but I prefer consuming within 3 days to enjoy the brightness of this soup.
After 3 days, do you have a BUNCH left? Make ice cubes to add to lemonade, ginger beer, or tequila. Hey, make up your own summer slushee.