Sweet, luscious melons are a treat that can only be truly appreciated at the peak of summer, when they're at their juiciest, gushiest best. If you've been overly tempted and have a glut of melons, here's a few ways to turn them into treats that will last beyond summer's steamy days.
Pickled Watermelon Rind A Southern classic, these sweet pickles are refreshing with meats or alongside cheeses. Don't throw those rinds away!
Watermelon Jam Capture the fresh essence of the watermelon in a jam (or a jelly). A squeeze of lime helps perk up the flavor.
Watermelon Infusion You know how you can infuse a watermelon with vodka? Well, you can infuse vodka (or tequila or...) with watermelon for the ultimate summery cocktails. Melontini, anyone?
Watermelon Soda Ferment watermelon juice for a fizzy, refreshing beverage that'll cool down even the most sweltering summer day.
Melon Chips dehydrated slices of melon (water- or otherwise) renders them chewy and supersweet, almost candy-like.
Melon Jam Cantaloupe and other melons melt down to a creamy, juicy consistency in a sweet jam. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!
Melon IPA There are traditions of making fruit beers all over the world. Raspberries, cherries, peaches, pumpkins, blueberries: Just about every fruit has made it's way into a wirt kettle at some point. So, why not a cantaloupe beer?