The weather is hot here in New York and what could be better than a chilled two melon soup with a splash of Orange liquor. Decorated with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and a sprig of mint leaves make this soup, appetizer or cocktail, however you want to call it; a wonderful refreshment. I’m sorry, but I already had two and they made my day :-).
I remember a few years ago when I was living in the Caribbean we served a chilled two melon soup in my restaurant and since it was hot all the time they flew off the shelf. However, melon soup is not every ones cup of coffee. Some people don’t like the sweet flavor that comes naturally with melons. Luckily there is a way to spice it up literally. The use of yogurt, Tabasco, lemon juice and a little mint goes a long way to improve the flavor dramatically. I prefer the natural flavor of the water melons, though I like to mix it with Cantaloupe melon, which gives it a bit more depth.The funny thing about water melon is once it’s blended it doesn’t taste the same any more. It is not as refreshing as if you would bite into a melon, that’s why I added the” melon caviar” to it to recreate that refreshing taste.
By the way did you know that water melons are good for your skin in particular when you got a sunburn? Recent studies have shown that when water melon is consumed just before or after a sunburn it will speed up the process of healing the skin or even prevent a mild sunburn in the first place. Sounds great doesn’t it? So eat your water melon before going in the sun.
- 4 cups of cubed watermelon,
- Juice from one lemon
- 7-8 mint leaves chopped
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 dashes Tabasco
- 1 cantaloupe melon
- Juice from two limes
- A dash of Tabasco
- 1.5 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp of orange Liquor
- 1 big wedge of water melon (for water melon caviar)
- ⅛ of a cantaloupe (for cantaloupe caviar)
- 1 container vanilla yogurt
- 4 sprigs of mint
- For the water melon soup, blend the first five ingredients in a blender and place in refrigerator.
- Blend the next four ingredients for the cantaloupe soup in a separate blender. Chill both soups.
- With a Parisienne spoon make about 1 cup of small cantaloupe & water melon caviar (small tiny cute melon balls)
- In a martini glass fill about a ¼ cup of water melon caviar.
- Now pour water melon soup until the melon caviar is covered.
- Add 2 tbsp of cantaloupe caviar on top.
- Pour about ¼ cup of cantaloupe soup to cover all melon caviar.
- Add a dollop of vanilla yogurt in the center.
- Decorate with a little melon caviar and fresh mint leaves. Enjoy
Do you like melon soup? Maybe you have your own way of preparing it. Would you share it with us? Leave a comment.