Lately, watermelons and grapes are in season in Adelaide so I've been buying a lot of them. I just love munching on sweet watermelons so sometimes I cut the flesh away from the skin like real deep in, leaving behind a lot of rind and skin. I then chanced upon this blog by Babe in the City- KL and this one from Lily's Wai Sek Hong and realize I can put the watermelon rind to full use rather than throwing them away.
I simmer them for more than two hour usually so it won't be so 'cooling' according to Lily. However, one hour should be alright but you won't get a yellowish concoction. You'll get a rather off white concoction. Then I sweeten them with crushed rock sugar. I usually start off with 1/4 cup of rock sugar and slowly taste and guesstimate. However, I have had occasions where the watermelon is really sweet and I ended up adding nothing at all! I don't really have a sweet tooth when it comes to things like herbal drink and smoothies. I only have sweet tooth for chocolates!
I hope Ellena will make this for little Reyon. I have had 2 people telling me that this taste very much like barley drink and Sammi thinks it taste like winter melon!!! I think the taste is pretty refreshing and is suitable for most people. I like to serve it either warm or real cold. I usually don't keep more than 3 days.