Cool summer salad

A touch of salt, a kiss of sweet, and the tart smack of lime - perfect!There is nothing more refreshing than a cool summer salad. Watermelon is usually served for dessert, but it becomes savory and fresh in this salad. Make it in minutes, and serve it with chicken, fish, or beef — anything you can toss on a grill. It is particularly delicious with spicy grilled prawns. I like it for lunch too, and then I simply add more feta.

 
Serves 4-6
Combined:
4 cups of cubed watermelon
3 cups of peeled and cubed cucumber.
If you wish, use small pickling cucumbers or English cucumbers, and then seeding is unnecessary. It is also optional to peel English cucumbers, if you scrub the peel well.
 
½- ¾ cup diced sweet onion
Juice from 2 limes squeezed over.
Toss
Salt to taste and add just a dash of cayenne if you wish.
 
Do not make the salad too much in advance. An hour or two is fine, but if you do more, it will not look or taste as it should.
 
Place the well-chilled salad on a platter or in individual serving dishes.
 
Sprinkle with 1 cup of crumble feta. Use a nice creamy type.
Optional: Top with fresh mint or lemon thyme.
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Watermelon and gin…

Fresh watermelon juice, gin, and a hit of lime --so resfreshingWe love the elegance of a proper cocktail. Summer is the perfect time for something light and bright to linger over as the sun sets. We made this pretty pink drink with fresh watermelon juice, G’Vine French Luxury Gin, a dash of fresh lime and simple syrup, and a fizz of club soda. 
 
We chose G’Vine because it a light tasty gin distilled from grapes with a softer-than-usual juniper flavour. In the Cognac region of France in mid-June, the rare green grape flower blossoms before ripening into little grapes. Those flowers, ginger root, licorice, green cardamom, coriander, cassia bark, cubeb berries, nutmeg, lime and juniper berries are combined with distilled neutral grape sprit from the region to make G’Vine Gin. It is the result of a careful process. Each bottle is individually numbered.
 
2 ounces G’ Vine Floraison gin or light botanical based gin or vodka
3 ounces of fresh watermelon juice
Mix with ice in a tall glass
Add the juice from half a lime and 1 to 2 tsp of simple syrup
Fill with soda and stir
Garnish with a slice of lime or frozen ball or cubes of watermelon
 
Remember: Wash all citrus fruit before using. It is often filthy, with dangerous bacteria on the rind. Use soap and water, and rinse well!
 
To make simple syrup
 
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
 
Place ingredients small heavy pan. Bring to boil, do not burn yourself. Dissolve sugar. Cool. Store in clean jar in the fridge for mixed drinks. Useful.
 
To make watermelon juice
Wash melons before slicing to avoid possible bacteria contamination
Place 4-6 cups of cubed seedless watermelon in a blender or food processor and process. Let sit 15- 30 minutes. Strain and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days at most.
 
You can make this in a pitcher for parties, but measure.
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