The time is here, and the weather is hot for cool drinks to cool and quince your thirst. With watermelon in season and plentiful, this is a great option and something different but pretty and delicious. Being a probiotic drink is an added benefit, it is good for the gut health. Altogether, this makes for a fun concoction and beverage.
This is another recipe utilizing water kefir for a sparkling, fizzy probiotic soda. For the what and how of water kefir, review the previous posts Water Kefir: The Recipe 9/29/17, and Water What? 9/21/17.
- 1 Mini watermelon
- 2 Cups organic sugar
- 1 Cup finished water kefir
- Filtered water
- Scoop out and puree the flesh of the watermelon and strain.
- Combine the juice, sugar, water kefir and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add enough water to fill to 1-2 inches from the top of the gallon jar.
- With the top on the jar, let sit at room temperature, 68-85 degrees F, away from direct sunlight for 24 hours, checking every 6 hours to release the pressure and taste. It will build up the pressure and produce alcohol and/or vinegar quickly in warm weather, so taste every 3 hours in warmer temperatures.
- Open slowly and over the sink to release pressure. You will see bubbles and hear the fizz.
- When you are satisfied with the taste and carbonation, refrigerate. Refrigeration slows the fermentation process.
Additional info and variations: I use organic sugar and filtered water. I use a wide mouth jar because the pressure cannot build up as strong when released. You have been warned. I still see evidence of the watermelon volcano from last year on my wall. The longer you culture it, the less sweet the soda will become because the sugar is the food source for the bacteria and yeast. This stuff is alive. Initially, drink tiny amounts at a time to observe how your body responds. This is a probiotic drink and can have a detox effect. I use the left-over pulp in my morning smoothies. Last year I made watermelon pickles and chutney with the rind. The only part thrown away was the outside green part. I like zero waste.
And always remember to add a good measure of prayer and do it as unto the Lord.
Harriet Noel Jones