Watermelon Creme Soda

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but most people consider Memorial Day the unofficial first day of summer. Whether your summer plans include a trip to the beach, backyard cookouts, or just relaxing on the front porch, Watermelon Creme soda is the perfect summer refresher.

As the temperature starts to rise, sit back with a tall glass of Watermelon Creme Soda over ice. Sweet watermelon is the star of this soda, and the creamy vanilla flavor is reminiscent of those cream popsicles we loved as children.

We hope you enjoy this soda as much as we do!

Watermelon Creme Soda


1.5 lb. Freshway Foods Watermelon Chunks (Item #71504)

3/4 cup Sugar

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp. Salt

Additional Ingredient for Serving:

Club Soda or Seltzer Water, Chilled, As Needed


Carefully prepare and measure all ingredients prior to beginning recipe.

Prepare Syrup:

In a blender or food processor, combine the watermelon, sugar, vanilla extract and salt and blend to a liquid state.

Place in a clean, food safe container, cover and refrigerate to chill completely.

Serving Method:

Shake the watermelon creme syrup to remix the ingredients.

Pour 2 oz. of watermelon creme syrup into a glass.

Pour 6 oz. of club soda or seltzer water over syrup and stir to evenly mix.

Top mixture off with ice and enjoy cold.

Yield: 1.8 lbs. of syrup. Makes approximately 14 glasses of soda




House Pickled Red Onions

According to the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the ancient practice of pickling is making a comeback on restaurant menus across the country. House-made pickled vegetables are a hit with consumers who are looking for more handcrafted food.

Pickling is one of the oldest food preparation methods, and is believed to have gotten its start in Mesopotamia over 4000 years ago.  Historians believe the earliest item to be pickled was cucumbers that were native to India. Pickling was a necessity in ancient times; it was one of the few methods for safely preserving food to eat during winter months. Pickles were one of the earliest mobile foods, and sailors and other travelers would carry pickles on long journeys.

Although pickling is often associated with cucumbers, almost any fruit or vegetable can be pickled. The following recipe for House Pickled Red Onions was developed by Freshway’s culinary team, and features Freshway’s new natural cut sliced red onions, and makes a great topping for sandwiches or meat entrees as well as a delicious and tangy side dish.

House Pickled Red Onions


2 lbs.       Freshway Foods Natural Cut Red Onions
8 cups     Water
4 cups     Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup   Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup   Kosher Salt


Carefully prepare and measure ingredients according to specifications. Combine water, apple cider vinegar and kosher salt in a bowl and whisk until salt and sugar are dissolved.

Place red onion slices in a clean container and pour vinegar mixture over. Cover and reserve under refrigeration for at least 8 hours.

Drain onions prior to serving. Note: Onions may be held covered under refrigeration in vinegar mixture for up to 7 days.

Yield: 2 lbs.