Happy Friday, everyone!
Thank goodness, it’s Friday! I’ve been feeling a little crummy this week so I can’t wait for this week to be over! I just saw the weather report, too. *Sigh* It’s going to be over 100 degrees this weekend where I live. It doesn’t sound very pleasant. I guess I should find something really fun to do. Pool? Lake? What do you do when it’s really hot outside? I usually turn on my A.C and try to stay away from the sunshine. I get extra lazy during Summer time. I hate Summer. Am I alone in this?!
If there’s one thing I love about Summer is the Summer food. I love cold food. This Hwa Che (meaning literally Fruit Punch} is one of my favorite Summer food of Korea. I remember my mom making this many times during hot and super humid, sticky Summer days. Usually she only added watermelon but I added some other fruits, too, like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Berries go great with watermelon.
I posted another Hwa Che recipes that is made with coconut milk. This recipe uses Korean Cider that tastes similar to Sprite or 7 Up. You can use them instead of Korean Cider. Korean Cider, in my opinion, is a little less sweet and more tangy. It’s a must add to Korean fruit punches.
This is the cider I used.
The color of this Hwa Che is just amazing! So red! Doesn’t it look so cool and refreshing?! I would love another bowl of this, but of course, everything was gone in a couple of hours. It was cold and sweet!
To make Hwa Che, prepare watermelon by making little balls using a melon baller.
Strawberries are delicious in the Hwa Che. I usually get my strawberries at Costco.
Cut each strawberry in quarters. Also prepare blueberries and raspberries if desired.
In a food processor, blend about a quarter of a whole watermelon. If it doesn’t blend well, add about 1-2 tablespoons water, then it will blend in a second.
After mixing all the fruits in cider, water, and sugar, add the watermelon juice into the mixture.
You can serve Hwache with crushed ice in it at this point but I like to freeze my Hwa Che slightly before serving. Place the whole bowl in the freezer, for about 2-3 hours, then the top part will be slightly frosty. Check back on it every hour to make sure it doesn’t completely freeze.
After about 3-4 hours, the Hwa Che will look like this. Cool and Nice!
Are you tempted to make some yet? Super easy, right?
- ½ watermelon, shaped into balls using a melon baller
- 8-10 strawberries, quartered
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cup blueberries
- 2 cups cold water
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 cups Korean cider or Sprite or 7 Up
- ¼ watermelon, cut into squares
- 1-2 tablespoons water
- Crushed Ice to serve
- Prepare all the fruits (watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries) and combine them together in a large sized freezable bowl.
- Add the cold water, sugar and cider (or sprite or 7 up) into the fruit bowl.
- In a food processor, blend ¼ watermelon and 1-2 tablespoons water together until it becomes smooth.
- Add the watermelon juice to the fruit bowl and stir together until well blended.
- Keep the bowl in the freezer for about 2-4 hours until ready to be served. Or you can skip this part and add crushed ice into the bowl and serve immediately.
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