Watermelon and ginger teacups

For an elegant and refreshing dessert, try Paul Young's colourful melon soup, flavoured with zingy ginger
By Paul A Young
Watermelon and ginger teacups
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  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus marinating and chilling
  • Effort: easy



  • 0.25 watermelon, peeled and diced into 2.5cm
  • 2.5 cm ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 fresh lime juice, grated zest
  • 300 ml sparkling wine, or champagne
  • 0.5 stalk lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 3 limes, cut into small chunks


1. In a large bowl, mix together the watermelon, ginger and lime zest and juice. Set aside to marinate for 1 hour. 2. Transfer the watermelon mixture in a blender and blend until smooth, around 2 minutes. 3. Pass the pureed mixture through a sieve or strainer, using a wooden spoon to push through the flesh. Discard the pips and fibres. 4. Pour this mixture into a glass jug and top up with sparkling wine. 5. Add the chunks of lime to the soup and garnish with the crushed lemon grass. Chill and serve over ice.

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