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Watermelon blueberry soup

Pity the poor blueberry. Often it gets lost in the mix, thrown in among brighter, showier berries, or overlooked simply because it seems to be around all the time. It's not exactly the most outgoing of berries either, with its ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes plus 1 hour steeping time and chilling time | Serves 8
Note: From chef Alan Ashkinaze of Aqua at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort. He serves this as an amuse, but it also makes a terrific cocktail or even dessert.
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 stalk lemongrass
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed red seedless watermelon
  • 3/4 cup cubed ripe peach (about 1)
  • 1/2 cup cubed cantaloupe
  • 1/4 cup blueberries, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mint chiffonade
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cointreau, divided
  • 6 tablespoons Champagne or sparkling white wine
  • 3 tablespoons club soda

Step 1Combine the sugar, water, white wine and lemongrass in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and gently simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the mixture steep for at least 1 hour. Strain and set aside.

Step 2In a blender, combine the watermelon, peach, cantaloupe and half of the blueberries. Puree until smooth. Strain the mixture through a chinois or fine sieve (if you have a juicer, you can use it instead of a blender and skip this step because a juicer will strain the fruit.) Add the orange juice and some of the lemongrass simple syrup to taste, about 1 to 2 tablespoons. Chill the mixture.

Step 3Just before serving, cut the remaining blueberries in half and place in a small bowl. Add the mint, ground cayenne pepper, a pinch of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of Cointreau. Stir gently and divide among 8 demitasse cups.

Step 4To the watermelon mixture, stir in 1 1/4 teaspoons Cointreau, the Champagne and club soda. Divide the mixture among the cups, pouring over the blueberries. Serve immediately.

Each serving:
62 calories; 0 protein; 13 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 0 fat; 0 saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 2 mg. sodium.
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