There are few things more refreshing on a hot summer day than a juicy watermelon. If you're going for something even more refreshing, I recommend making (super simple) watermelon shaved ice. Of course in these parts we call it "water ice".
I just finished up the last of a batch of this shaved ice, with help from DocDufresne and Andy.
Here's how you make it:
1. Cut however much watermelon you'd like into chunks. Make sure you reserve as much juice as you can.
2. Throw the chunks in a blender with the reserved juice and blend. If you need to, add a little water to get the process going.
3. Pour the pureed watermelon into a container with a lid and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours until frozen solid.
4. When you're ready to serve the shaved ice, either
A. take an ice cream scoop and shave off ice from the block (the consistency will resemble fresh snow) or
B. let the block thaw for 5 minutes then take something that acts like an ice pick and strike the block for a couple of minutes until you have small clumps of ice.