watermelon soda float

August 30th, 2012

It seems like lately the closest I’ve come to making something is browsing through magazines and ooohing over things other people have made. I’m in a bit of a summer slump, which I think might be the saddest kind of slump, but when I saw a recipe for this watermelon float in the latest issue of Bon Appetit, it was just what I needed to get in the kitchen. Delicious, refreshing fruit paired with tangy lime frozen yogurt? That’s one fruity float that I was ready to whip up.

Watermelon, along with all sorts of melons, are in full force at the markets right now. While they may be the heaviest haul from the market, making fresh juice from them makes them worth their weight in gold. This float is pretty simple to make—simply purée watermelon chunks then press it through a sieve to make sweet, bright red watermelon juice.

Lime zest and a little lime juice is stirred into store-bought frozen yogurt to create a tangy contrast to the light, sweet flavor of the watermelon juice. The addition of seltzer water adds the bubbles to make this pair one heck of a float. Sweet, tangy, and refreshing—this float tastes like one last ode to summer as we approach September. And if you’re really feeling like celebrating, a little rum doesn’t hurt.

watermelon soda float

makes 8 servings | slightly adapted from Bon Appetit, September 2012

For the lime frozen yogurt:
1 pint store-bought vanilla frozen yogurt, preferably Greek style
1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
To make the lime frozen yogurt:

1. If the yogurt is very hard, refrigerate until firm but scoopable, about 15 minutes.

2. Working quickly, scoop frozen yogurt into a food processor. Add lime zest and juice and pulse just to combine. Return yogurt to same container, cover, and freeze. Frozen yogurt can be made 1 week ahead. Keep frozen.

For the watermelon soda:

1/2 medium watermelon

1/3 cup sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Pinch of kosher salt

1 cup seltzer

1 1/2 ounce rum (per float), optional

To make the watermelon soda:

1. Using a melon baller, scoop out 1 1/2 cups watermelon balls into a small bowl. Cover and chill.

2. Cut enough watermelon into 1″ pieces to measure 8 cups. Stir sugar and 1/3 cup water in a small bowl until sugar dissolves. Set simple syrup aside.

3. Purée melon pieces (not balls) in a blender until smooth; strain juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a large measuring cup or pitcher (you should have about 4 cups juice). Discard solids.

4. Whisk in simple syrup, lime juice, and salt.

Purée can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

To make the floats:

1. Add seltzer to watermelon purée.

2. Divide melon balls among tall glasses. Pour watermelon soda and rum, if using, over until it fills 2/3 of the glass. Top with scoops of frozen lime yogurt. Serve watermelon float with a straw and a long spoon.


Comments: 5 Total

  1. Erin

    August 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’ve been in a summer slump too when it comes to anything in the kitchen. Hopefully this will be me off my butt like it worked for you! I need to get back in there before the end of summer and make something delicious with all the fresh fruits and veggies out there right now! If you get a sec, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my latest posts!


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    August 31, 2012 at 2:01 am
  3. Explody Full

    September 2, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Watermelon float sounds delicious! Pretty much anything with watermelon on it is good as far as I am concerned!

  4. amelia from z tasty life

    September 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

    oh, I so need one of these now.

  5. Laurie@Aprons

    September 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I love watermelon! In the summer, I had a piece almost every night. This looks really good and refreshing.

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