Cassis (full name crème de cassis) is a liqueur made from black currants. It might be best known as the ingredient that creates Kir when added to champagne or white wine. Here it adds a subtle, deep-fruit undertone to a light-fruit ice.
Recipes: Now That's Using Your Melon
The much-loved, much-missed Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C., took an early lead in using local ingredients in fresh, simply prepared food. Here Chef Nora Pouillon’s chilled watermelon gazpacho has the same red color as the traditional, tomato-based Spanish soup, but her clever riff provides a taste surprise.
Dubbed the “dean of American cookery” by the New York Times, James Beard documented and influenced cooking throughout the U.S. In his 1972 cookbook, James Beard’s American Cookery, he paid special attention to watermelon pickles, a traditional “sweet meat” made from the white part of watermelon rind, sugar, vinegar, and spices.
When I published this slushy-drink watermelon recipe in the Food section of the Washington Post, it was because I really liked it. Turns out I wasn’t the only one. Next thing I knew, it had been selected for the cookbook The Best American Recipes 2004-2005: The year’s top picks from books, magazines, newspapers, and the Internet. Now you’ve got to try it, right?
Have each person take a slice of watermelon, rub it with a slice of freshly peeled ginger, then rub it again with a slice of lime. It’s done! Eat with pleasure.