Make Ahead


July 12, 2011
Author Notes

New York in a heatwave: I made chilled melon soup with a frisson of hot chile. The next day was even hotter and I had some cold soup left in the fridge. Idea - a good base for a tall, cool drink? Enter rum and lime juice - sweet, sour, herby, spicy, heady. Exit one happy imbiber...

This makes a jugful of smooth melon and mint soup or drink base. Keep the rum in the icebox.

(For a virgin version, add seltzer instead of rum.) —Marie Viljoen

  • Serves 6-8
  • Chilled melon, jalapeño and mint soup
  • 6 cups ripe Hami or other melon
  • 1 lime's juice
  • 15 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 seeded jalapeño
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • The cocktail
  • 5 parts melon soup
  • 2 parts fresh lime juice
  • 2 parts white rum
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 sprig fresh mint for garnish
In This Recipe
  1. Chilled melon, jalapeño and mint soup
  2. Blend all ingredients until very smooth. Chill.
  1. The cocktail
  2. Blend the soup, rum and ice cubes until the latter are crushed. Pour into a tall glass, add 2 more ice cubes and garnish with mint. Roll on, summer!
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