Cantaloupe Juice and Cantaloupe Bubble Tea

There’s just something so refreshing about cantaloupe. These seem to be the perfect drink for a summer barbecue.   Recipe also provides a few variations and alternatives.

Classic Cantaloupe Juice

1 ripe cantaloupe, halved with seeds removed

simple syrup (recipe follows), to taste

ice

Using a melon scraper, shred the cantaloupe into long strips, taking care to reserve any juice. Put melon strips and juice into a pitcher with lots of ice, and flavor to taste with your simple syrup. As you adjust the flavor, you can always add water if it is too sweet. Serve cold.

Cantaloupe Bubble Tea

tapioca pearls, your favorite variety (I used the quick 5 minute kind by WuFuYuan)

tea, your favorite (optional)

1 ripe cantaloupe, halved with seeds removed

simple syrup (recipe follows), to taste (or agave nectar)

ice

Prepare the tapioca pearls by placing them in a large pot of boiling water (roughly 10 cups of water per cup of tapioca pearls). When ready, retrieve pearls with a slotted spoon, place in bowl, and cover with simple syrup or agave nectar. Let it sit for a moment while you prepare the juice.

Version 1: Juice*

Follow directions for Classic Cantaloupe Juice and add tapioca pearls. If you like, add two tablespoons of your favorite green tea.

Version 2: Blended

Place cubes of cantaloupe, reserved juice, simple syrup, tea, and ice in a blender. When smooth, add tapioca pearls.

Simple Syrup

3 cups water

3 cups sugar

Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sugar dissolves, about 3-4 minutes. Cool completely.

From: http://kitchen-confidante.com

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