1. Place mint, 2 tablespoons minced ginger, agave, chili flakes, salt, and filtered water in a medium-size saucepan.
2. Cover and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes.
3. Remove from heat (the mint should still be vibrant green; remove from the heat before the color dulls) and let it sit for 10 minutes.
4. Pour through a strainer and discard solids.
5. Meanwhile, put remaining ginger and watermelon in a blender and puree until well blended.
6. Pour the mixture through a strainer lined with a double layer of cheesecloth and let stand for 15 minutes until all the liquid has dripped through. Do not press the puree; doing so will make the juice cloudy.
7. Mix the mint syrup and watermelon-ginger juice in a sealed glass jar and chill in the fridge. Syrup will stay fresh for up to 3 days.
8. To serve, pour 1/2 cup syrup into a tall glass, top with 6 to 8 ounces chilled seltzer or soda water, and stir.
Nutritional Facts per serving
Calories 63 cal
Fat 0.2 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 34.6 mg
Carbohydrates 16.2 g
Total sugars 14.3 g
Dietary fiber 0.5 g
Protein 0.7 g
Recipe courtesy of the Rodale Healthy Recipe Finder.
Photo: (cc) PV KS/flickr