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  • 8 cups (1/2-inch) watermelon cubes
    1 1/2 cups cold ginger ale, divided
    1/3 cup cold water, divided
    1 (6-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, divided
    Place the watermelon cubes in a single layer in an extra-large, zipper-top plastic freezer bag; freeze for 8 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.
    Process 4 cups watermelon, 3/4 cup of the ginger ale, about half of the water and half of the limeade concentrate in a blender until smooth; pour into a pitcher. Repeat with remaining melon, ginger ale, water and limeade, stir into pitcher and serve immediately.
    Makes 8 servings.
    VARIATIONS: Substitute honeydew melon cubes for watermelon cubes and 1 (6-ounce) can of frozen lemonade concentrate for limeade. Or substitute cantaloupe cubes for watermelon and add 2 teaspoons grated, fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon at a time, when processing.
    — Recipe adapted from "Southern Living Farmers Market Cookbook" (Oxmoor House, 2010).
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