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Watermelon Ginger Sparklers

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  • 4 cups watermelon cubes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 knob fresh ginger
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1 seedless cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup club soda
  • candied ginger for serving


  • Place the watermelon in a blender and blend until pureed and liquified. Pour the contents through a fine mesh sieve, saving all the watermelon juice in a large pitcher.
  • Add the sugar, water, ginger and vanilla beans plus the empty pod to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat while whisking constantly until the sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to simmer for a minute or two until it becomes syrupy. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • To assemble the drinks, add crushed ice in a cup. Pour a few ounces of the vanilla ginger syrup into the cup, then add 4 or so ounces of watermelon juice. Pop the cucumbers in the cub and add about 2 ounces of club soda. Taste and adjust the drink to your desired taste – more syrup or juice, or more club soda. Stir well to mix. Serve!

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