So in addition to making tapioca pearls and this time soaking them in a dilute honey solution to give them flavor, we made some watermelon “juice” to add to the drinks. I had cut up another watermelon a few days earlier for eating and then blended it for drinks, but it took so long to cut the watermelon into slices and then cut the rind off and cube each slice.
Clearly a better method for converting a watermelon to a gallon of watermelon juice was called for. Enter Joanne’s 200 watt hand-held blender. All you have to do is cut the top off of the watermelon, scoop a bit out for splashing room, and blend away. Not only do you avoid all of the extra cutting and cubing, but you have a perfect watermelon juice container that can be used as an all natural vase after finishing the juice. It might be a little unwieldy, but it’s guaranteed to hold all of the juice. In fact, I was surprised that the juice took up exactly as much volume as the pulp that I blended, I figured there’d be a little bit of air in there or something, but no. The total yield was about 1.5 pitchers of juice, good enough for a party’s worth of watermelon-lychee bubbletinis and then some.