Happy New Year!
A brand spanking New Year is right around the corner folks–who’s excited! While 2014 has certainly been a great one (new baby, new book), I’m ready for a brand new start and I’m always curious to see what a new year will bring both personally and professionally.
Of course I’m not advocating that you get drunk on the 31st, but it seems that even those of us who should know better often have one glass too much of that sparkling stuff. It’s certainly better to be prepared for the morning after, just in case you wake up with a head that feels like it weighs 50 pounds. So here’s my public service–my recipe for Watermelon-Cucumber Hangover Cure from Eating in Color.
The melon and cucumber help to hydrate you, while the salt and mint aid in settling your stomach. It’s simple and effective and even if you’re not dealing with a hangover, it’s incredibly refreshing and a tasty way to hydrate. Here you go–and here’s to a bright and shiny (and pain-free) start to 2015!
- 2 cups (300g) cubed watermelon
- 1⁄2 cup (75g) peeled and sliced cucumber, any variety
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 6 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 1 liter sparkling water, chilled
- agave nectar, light or dark (optional)
- Ice, for serving
- Combine the watermelon, cucumber, lime juice, salt, and mint in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing to release all the liquid.
- Into a tall glass filled with ice, pour 1⁄2 cup (125ml) of the watermelon mixture and top with 1⁄2 cup (125ml) or more of the sparkling water. Stir in agave to taste, if using.
Sip slowly until you’ve recovered. Have another glass if you need it.
Store any remaining cooler covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Stir well before drinking.