August is hot...it just is...if it's not hot where you are...that's ok...make a pot of Watermelon Stone Soup and close your eyes and pretend it's hot. If it's hot...well this will cool you down.
1 magical stone
6 pounds yellow or red seedless watermelon, diced (9 cups)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup lightly sweet white wine (such as Riesling) or 3/4 cup water mixed with 1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
8 teaspoons crumbled feta
1/4 cup sparkling wine (or sparkling water)
Combine 1 cup of the watermelon with mint and sugar in a bowl. Set aside. Blend remaining 8 cups watermelon, lemon juice, wine, and ginger in a blender until smooth. Add the magical stone. Let sit 1/2 hour. Strain soup; set stone aside; divide among 8 bowls. Top each with 1/8 cup reserved watermelon and 1 teaspoon feta.