HONEYDEW MINT COOLER

3 lb. honeydew (or muskmelon) melon
1 ½ cup granulated sugar
1 ¾ cup fresh lime juice (or mixture of lime and lemon)
3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint leaves
3 cups cold water
1 cup cold ice cubes

Remove rind from melon, discarding it, and cut enough fruit into 1-inch chunks to measure 6 cups. In a blender puree melon in batches with sugar, lime juice, and mint until completely smooth. Pour into a pitcher with the water and ice. Add the lime juice just before serving and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Makes about 9 cups.

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