To start I thought that I would tell you about a tasty drink that I have been making and drinking for a refreshing pick-me-up during a long shift at work.
Melon is particularly good at the moment, with the best time to buy between June and August. Although melon is imported, it is delicious and will keep you (or particularly children) well hydrated. Watermelon has a higher natural sugar content than other melons, containing just over 7g per 100g.
A large watermelon averages £1.99 in most supermarkets at the moment and will last several days in the fridge, if wrapped in clingfilm after slicing.
This drink is so thirst-quenching and I have to be careful how much of it I drink at once!
These quantities makes about 500ml, which can be shared between 2-4 people, but be mindful of the sugar content (up to 40g if you have a big watermelon!)
1/4 of a large watermelon pulp, removed from the outer rind.
6 basil leaves
8 mint leaves
Several cracks of black pepper
3 fresh strawberries - optional for an even sweeter taste.
3 ice cubes
Blend all the ingredients in your blender and enjoy immediately. Alternatively, if it's a warm day, you can put it in a Tupperware and into the freezer to make a slushy, perfect for kids, or to put in a cocktail later.