We’ve been adding mint leaves to our smoothies and aguas frescas (yes, that is the plural for agua fresca) for some time now — but ginger ale and pureed fruit? Now, that’s something new. Surprisingly wonderful. The ginger ale makes a lighter and more bubbly drink.
Some people don’t like very minty flavor. For instance, everyone in my husband’s family thinks that eating anything with mint is like eating toothpaste. So, you may want to consider that when deciding just how much mint leaves to use. But I don’t recommend doing away with the mint altogether — it is the mint that makes this drink cool-in-the-mouth refreshing.
Melon, Ginger Ale and Peppermint Smoothie
- 4 cups diced and seeded melon (cantaloupe), preferably chilled
- 2 cups crushed ice
- 15 large peppermint leaves plus more to garnish
- 1 ½ cups ginger ale preferably chilled
- sugar to taste optional
- Put the diced melon and ice in the pitcher of the blender.
- Pulse a few times to break up the diced melon.
- Switch to high speed and process for 30 seconds.
- Add the peppermint leaves. Process for about 10 seconds or just until the mint leaves are cut into small pieces.
- Pour in the ginger ale. Pulse a few times to mix.
- Pour the drink into glasses.
- Stir in sugar, if you prefer, and serve.