Summer Cool Down
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Summer Cool Down

There's no denying it’s been hot recently! Here’s a refreshing treat to help ease the heat and keep hydrated!

Summer Melon Slushies



  • 1 6-to 7-lb. watermelon
  • Simple syrup (recipe, right)
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • Juice of 4 limes (about 1/2 cup total)


  • 2 4-lb. honeydew melons
  • Simple syrup (recipe, right)
  • 2 tbsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint


  • 1 6-lb. cantaloupe
  • Simple syrup (recipe, right)
  • 2 large sprigs fresh basil


  1. Remove the skin and seeds from the melon (pick one from above); cut into 2-inch pieces (you should be left with about 4 pounds total).
  2. Make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1/4 cup water, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer (don’t stir) until the sugar dissolves, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the flavorings (everything but the melon); let cool completely. Strain into a small bowl or measuring cup.
  4. In a blender, working in two batches, puree half the simple syrup mixture and half the melon until smooth. Strain into a metal loaf pan or square pan; repeat with remaining syrup and melon. Cover and freeze until set, about 8 hours.
  5. When ready to serve, using a fork, scrape the surface of the melon ice to create large flakes. Transfer to glasses, top with a splash of soda water, and serve with additional fruit, if desired.