While the weather hasn’t thankfully been oppressively hot lately, the temperature isn’t going to dramatically drop anytime soon. The season hasn’t yet been at the stage where I am forced to self-confinement in order to avoid the brutal heat. I normally love spending time outdoors but the summertime here can sometimes make it unpleasant for me. As a fervent chilled fruit soup aficionado, I suppose the heat does serve some purpose so I can’t complain too much about it. Various cold soup recipes have been a consideration for me as of late. Chilled soup ideas are one of many ways for me to keep cool in the summer. They are also a great way to use up fruit that is about to go bad.
This cold soup recipe in which I am about to share with you is an inspiration between a Hungarian sour cherry soup recipe and a chilled cantaloupe recipe. Not wanting to make two different chilled fruit soups, I decided to pair the cherries and cantaloupe soup together to create my own variation. And it worked!! Aside for the strong impact of flavors in this cold soup recipe, the color is absolutely magnificent despite the picture I captured above. The aroma that this soup emanates is just captivating to describe it at best. Even though chilled strawberry mango soup has been listed as my favorite fruit soup, this chilled cherry cantaloupe soup is not trailing too far behind.
Delicious and very refreshing, this chilled fruit soup can be served as a starter or as a dessert. Since there were plenty of leftovers, I had this soup for breakfast in lieu of smoothies along with a slice or toasted whole grain bread and it was simply divine. The flavors deepen as the soup chills. Like most of my recipes, this fruit soup can be customizing to your liking. Feel free to experiment if you like. However, the best part of this soup that it is incredibly easy to make. The process only involves blending all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor and chilling the soup for several hours before serving it. It’s practically child’s play but very gourmet as well.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 cantaloupe seeded and cut into chunks
- 1 lbs of fresh or frozen sour cherries pitted and stemmed plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon of ginger
- Juice from one small orange
- 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped mint
- 1 teaspoon of fresh chopped basil (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of honey (or to taste)
Blend all ingredients in a blender and process till smooth. Taste and adjust amounts of honey, ginger or orange juice if desired. Serve chilled.
Yields 2-4 servings