• ½ watermelon (about 2.5kg/5lb 8oz unprepared weight, or 1.3kg/3lb, deseeded flesh only)
  • 4 tsp golden caster sugar, or to taste
  • juice 2-3 lemons
  • 2 tsp orange blossom water
  • crushed ice, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Cut up the watermelon and remove the skin and most of the seeds. Put in a food processor with the sugar, lemon juice and orange blossom water and blitz together, adding more sugar to taste.

  • STEP 2

    Strain through a sieve to remove the remaining seeds, then pour into a jug. Add a few spoonfuls of crushed ice, pour into glasses, and serve.


This is my favourite, as the smell reminds me of being at my grandmother’s house when I was little. It’s made by distilling the blossoms of sour orange trees and it lends a delicate flavour to pastries, syrups and drinks. It can be pretty strong so use sparingly at first, adding it little by little. 

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2015

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