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Watermelon Chia Fresca

It’s not nearly summer (hell, it’s less than 48 hours into spring), but spending the last week in North Carolina for Rachel’s wedding made us ready mid-July.

Chia Frescas are like bubble tea, but better. Instead of filling you up with fistfulls of tapioca, like our favorite Strawberry-Lychee milkshakes, Chia Frescas are light and refreshing enough to drink with dinner. They don’t have the same sugar-sweetness, and that means you can drink more without sacrificing precious stomach real estate destined for churros, pulled pork sandwiches, or asparagus covered in egg yolks and cheese.

You can certainly make this glass of summer in your juicer and skip straining, but we found our blender gave us a way better yield. Like, as in, two times the juice! So you do you to the fullest, but prepare to adjust the amount of lime if you go your own way.

Watermelon Chia Fresca

  • 1 medium Watermelon
  • 2 Limes, juiced
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2-3 cups Water
  • 4 tbsp Chia Seeds

Scoop the pink flesh out of the Watermelon and drop it in your blender. Whir it together with the Lime, Honey, and Salt until all that’s left is a pulpy liquid, with no chunks (about 45 seconds). Strain this mixture through a fine mesh strainer, coffee filter, cheese cloth, or anything else that’s on hand and will get the job done.

Place the Chia seeds in a glass or jar, and cover with 2-3 inches of the strained Watermelon juice. Let this sit on the counter for an hour (or in the fridge overnight) stirring occasionally, until the weirdly delicious gel forms on the outside of the seeds. You could do this ahead of time in plain water, too, but why miss an opportunity to add extra flavor?

In a large pitcher, mason jar, or whatever, mix together the rest of your ingredients, tasting as you add the water (some melons are waterier than others). Serve over ice, or just in frosty glasses, and day dream of kiddie pools, grilled meats, and suntans.

Notes

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    I would definitely pair this with ice and gin. It’s definitely great alone, as well! Midsummer in a glass!
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