SPIKED WATERMELON BALLS

Here is a great adult (sorry kids!) party treat for your guests! When I first saw this picture I thought the idea of making little watermelon balls were a great idea, but after reading the recipe I thought adding alcohol to the mix was an even better idea! What a refreshing treat for your summer party guests!

This is the third installment of watermelon recipes from the National Watermelon Promotion Board.  According to the NWPB, "you can use the alcohol of your choice to customize the recipe's flavouring to your liking." Which sounds good to me!

Just to note here: this recipe is brought to you by the National Watermelon Promotion Board

Recipe and photo: permission was granted prior to posting.

Makes 8-10 balls

Ingredients:

1/3 cup (75 mL)
water
1/3 cup (75 mL)
sugar
1/2 cup (125 mL)
light rum
1/3 cup (75 mL)
fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 tsp (5 mL)
lime zest
2 cups (500 mL)
watermelon balls


Bring water to a boil. Stir in sugar and simmer for 3 minutes. Add the rum and simmer for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool somewhat before adding the lime juice and zest.
 
Using a melon baller, shape watermelon into balls. Pour syrup over the fruit, mix gently, cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving.

PER SERVING (2 watermelon balls with syrup):158 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrates, 0 g fibre, 1 g protein. % RDI: 0% calcium, 2% iron, 2% vitamin A, 20% vitamin C.

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