Getting my morning coffee at Starbucks is a real gamble these days, not so much because of what’s in the cup as what’s on it. Europe does not seem to recognize the name Carolyn as distinct from Caroline, so I’ve gotten used to parading around town with someone else’s name Sharpied onto my personal belongings. This morning, though, the barista took things to a whole ‘notha level and opted for the rare silent-K spelling of Carolyn, which also apparently involves a U. Knuline — or is that Kwalint? It’s hard to tell.
Either way, I’m pretty sure the universe is trying to tell me something. Knuline, it’s saying, what the heck are you doing at Starbucks? You live in Europe, where a good cup of coffee does not need to have any Sharpie on it at all. Kwalint, show some self respect, girl. And maybe save some of your awkward-drink social capital for those pink juices you seem to like so much. Like Rhubarb Juice. Or Watermelon and Cucumber Juice. Get the recipes below, and click through the links to find the full posts on Serious Eats.
Fresh Watermelon and Cucumber Juice
Refreshing and tangy, this lightly flavored juice will keep you happily hydrated on hot summer days.
- 2 cups (16 ounces) fresh watermelon juice from about 6 cups diced watermelon flesh
- 3/4 cup (6 ounces) fresh cucumber juice from about 1 large cucumber
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (1/4 ounce) fresh mint juice from about 15 mint leaves with stems
- 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice from 1 to 2 limes
- 1 tablespoon sugar, optional
Simple and Brisk Rhubarb Juice Recipe
This is one of those deceptively simple recipes, passed down through friends of friends, that everyone adores. Once chilled, the juice is brisk and refreshing. Since rhubarb is quite tart, you may be surprised that there's no added sugar in this recipe. I was skeptical at first, too, but it really works. Once strained and chilled, the juice has a mixture of tartness and sweetness that resembles homemade lemonade. Yields 2 quarts.
- 2 pounds rhubarb stalks
- 8 cups water