Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Watermelon & Lemon Slush by Chef Drif

MOST people like to take advantage of the warm summer sun before the cold weather sets in again. Who wouldn’t be? We are only given 3 months of warm weather in the sunny California for us to enjoy. Too much exposure to the sun, however, may cause dehydration which can ruin a fun outdoor activity. When a person is dehydrated, the balance of the body—which is two-thirds water—is disrupted through perspiring or other fluid-releasing methods of the body. Dehydration is not a condition to be ignored for it can do serious harm to the body.

According to recent studies, adults tend to have less water intake because they have a harder time recognizing thirst, the trigger for it becomes delayed. That said, it is important for a person to be aware of his daily activities so that he can keep track of his water intake even if he is not feeling thirsty, sweaty, or weak.

Aside from bringing in plenty of water, people have always considered fruits in general as a healthy alternative to water. In the summer, fruits like watermelons and honeydew melons are abundant in the market usually from August until October.

Rich in calcium and magnesium,watermelons are excellent in keeping the body hydrated and energized all throughout the day. More important, it is made up of 92 percent water, perfect for hydration; and 6 percent sugar which makes it ideal for those with cases of diabetes. Watermelon also include vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9.

Watermelons have become an essential summer fare in most outings , picnics and trips to the beach. Aside from taking it in its fresh form, watermelons are also best enjoyed as a drink. The warm summer sun calls for a refreshing and hydrating drink --perfect time to make your favorite concoction of fresh fruit drinks. Slush drinks are very easy to make and are the best way to keep the body cool and hydrated during summer.

Isla Kullinarya shares with you a healthy and refreshing drink made from Watermelon and Lemon. Here for your enjoyment this summer is the Watermelon and Lemon Slush made and prepared by Chef Drif!

Watermelon & Lemon Slush

makes 4-5 glasses

      8 cups cubed seedless watermelon
      1/4 cup fresh Lemon juice
      2 tbsp simple sugar
Ingredients for simple sugar:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 handful of fresh basil , minced

How to make simple sugar:
1. In a pan, combine water and sugar, should be sand consistency.
2. In a medium fire, let it simmer for 5 minutes. Do not mix.
3. When the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture has a clear consistency, the syrup is already done.

1. In a blender or food processor, cover and process the watermelon, fresh lemon juice and simple sugar in batches until smooth. Pour into a freezer-proof container.
2. Cover and freeze for 30 minutes or until edges begin to freeze. Stir and return to freezer. Spoon 3/4 cup into bowls or glasses. Serve immediately.


Chef Drif has a long and distinguished career in the culinary arts industry.  He has worked in various upscale restaurants in Los Angeles such as La Defence Restaurant, Kado Japanese & Teppanyaki Restaurant; and Sushiko Kosher Japanese cuisine. He has mastered the art of culinary and has an extensive knowledge on a wide range of International cuisines. Currently, he is a Private Chef catering to private parties and events.

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