Patriotic Treats – Watermelon and Blueberries Two Ways

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Happy Fourth of July!  This week is all about AMERICA and celebrating the great things this country has to offer.  Like food.  Lots of food.

 

Today I have two really simple recipes for you that involve two very patriotic foods: watermelon and blueberries.  They will be perfect to take to your backyard BBQs or just make for a quiet night at home (I haven’t gone out for Fourth of July since my mid-twenties).

Watermelon salad

WATERMELON, BLUEBERRY, AND FETA SALAD

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Feta Cheese
  • Optional: Balsamic dressing
  • Optional: Mint

Cut up seedless watermelon into cubes.  Combine with blueberries and feta cheese in a bowl.

Mix well.  Boom, you’re done.  If you want to get fancy, drizzle with a little bit of Balsamic dressing and add a sprig of mint.

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Watermelon blueberry mojito in a clear glass

WATERMELON AND BLUEBERRY MOJITO

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Vodka or Rum
  • Lemonade
  • Mint

First, I prepped my blueberry ice cubes the night before.  I pureed blueberries using my Magic Bullet blender (affiliate link), and poured them into ice cube trays.  I also froze whole blueberries into ice cubes.  You could do one or the other!  The reason I wanted to make pureed blueberry ice cubes is because I thought it would make the drink more interesting.  The drink would change flavor as the cubes melted.  And that’s exactly what happened!  Every sip was different.

When you’re ready to make your drink, mix the following:

1 cup ice
1 ounce vodka or rum
1 ounce lemonade (I used pink lemonade to make the drink more red)
Two cups cubed watermelon
One or two mint leaves (or to taste)
Optional: If you don’t pre-freeze your blueberries, add about half a cup of blueberries.

 

Blend until liquid consistency.

Put some blueberry ice cubes into a glass.  If you have a strainer, pour the drink mix into the glass through a strainer, to separate out watermelon pulp and seeds.  It will be a slow process but worth it!

Optional: Top with whipped cream and red and blue sprinkles!

Let me know if you try out these recipes!