Watermelon Cooler

Watermelon Cooler

For me, watermelon always signaled the on-set of summer. No school, sleeping late and backyard barbecues. I can’t think of any other food that evokes such positive emotions in me. Well, maybe chocolate cake, but watermelon is a close second.

I recently had the whole family over, and son #1 who is a professional chef, was doing the cooking. I was relegated to prepare dessert and beverages. I knew of course that I had to serve these watermelon coolers. It’s the only way to say, kick off those shoes and don the flip flops, summer’s here! Anyway, I kid you not, this is a most refreshing treat. The cucumber and mint in the drink temper the watermelon’s sweetness, and the lime juice adds just a bit of tartness. The mason jars and pink striped straws just make it so darn cute. And who doesn’t like cute.

Watermelon Cooler

Watermelon Cooler 

  • 4-5 cups of seedless watermelon (1 medium-sized watermelon), cut into chunks
  • 1/2 peeled cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 5 -10 mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • a pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this in two batches, I did. Divide your ingredients in half, and process it twice if need be. Place all the ingredients in a blender, and process until it smooth. Pour the mixture through a strainer into a bowl, pressing the solids with a wooden spoon to get all the liquid out. 
  2. Place the watermelon mixture back in your blender and add ice cubes. Depending on how slushy you want it, add your ice cubes accordingly. I wanted mine very slushy, almost like a snow cone, so I used lots of ice cubes. Serve immediately. 

Mama’s Tips: I like to garnish these drinks with a slice of watermelon and a sprig of mint.

Watermelon Cooler

Recipe: Easy

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43 Comments on “Watermelon Cooler”

  1. Just pinned you! Follow me if you wanna see it:]

  2. expatchef says:

    Going to have to make this….I am obsessed with anything watermelon! YAY for Summer!

  3. trialsinfood says:

    mmm..watermelon…very cute! i like!

  4. amoonfull says:

    yum! My favorite fruit! Watermelon brings me wonderful memories. I’d love to try this. How would this work on a juicer? After juice is done, then add the ice on the blender and the juice? Would it be the same?

  5. carol says:

    Mama S – this could be your best summer item ever!! I LOVE everything watermelon – so I am definitely making this one!!!! It looks delicious!

  6. It’s so refreshing, this also gives me another way of using the mint that’s quickly taking over my veggie beds. Until now I was only using the mint for tea and mojitos, any other suggestions using mint? Thanks

  7. Beyond The Green Door says:

    These look so fantastic and refreshing!! Have summer party coming up next month and I could see these being the star!

  8. This is too too cute! Love the straw :) Perfect flavors for Summer!

  9. Beautiful summer drink :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  10. bringmemycoffee says:

    Hmmm…I’m thinking we might need a special version for the mamas this weekend-Yum!

  11. ToddlerMom says:

    I made a very similar drink for my girlfriends and their husbands this past weekend. I did not use mint, but I think next time I will definitely add some! The watermelon I used was so sweet on its own that I did not need to add any extra sugar. Instead of making it a slushy beverage, I made it an adult beverage by adding some vodka and icing it down in a cocktail shaker. They were a huge hit and everyone was suprised that they were not overly sweet. The cucumber and lime definitely rounded everything out; I can’t wait to add the mint. Beautiful photos!

  12. Very cute and look amazing! I’m hoping to have watermelons be successful in the garden this year- though they will be more of a summer end fruit by then. If they turn out- totally going to make these! And in relation to making it an “adult beverage” per ToddlerMom- I was thinking a bit of Cherry Rum would be a delightful touch!

  13. This looks so refreshing!! Yum.

  14. I dot think anyone could ever say no to your fabulous drinks! Pink, cute & compact, perfect for a BBQ :)

  15. sybaritica says:

    We don’t get many hot days up here but I think I’ll still try that cooler anyway!

  16. Wow these pictures are beautiful, looks like it could be in a Martha Stewart magazine! The recipe is very easy too, so I will be trying this out the next time the watermelons look good in the grocery store.

  17. Villy says:

    I think the smell of the watermelon is magical.. I’ll be making this this weekend!

  18. Karyl says:

    These look awesome! I am making these for the 4th of July. Thanks.

  19. df says:

    Beautiful! I have a recipe somewhere for watermelon and mint popsicles, and they are so yummy. What a great combination and lovely presentation!

  20. sugaredpecan says:

    This looks so cool and refreshing, perfect for summer!!

  21. These are so pretty! I love watermelon infused water, so I think I would like this too :-)
    I have a question about your photography; unless you have a hot pink wall in your house (possible) how do you get such a lovely solid background color? I like the way you pose your food!

  22. Starlite says:

    Reblogged this on starmillennial and commented:
    How yummy does this summer treat look? Check out this and other great postings at Mama’s Gotta Bake’s blog! You’ll be armed and ready for summer entertaining!

  23. wittymistee says:

    i love watermelon. i made a shake using watermelon and banana and it’s quite good. i haven’t thought of adding cucumber before. i will try your recipe next time.

  24. Reblogged this on Surviving The River Of Life and commented:
    Love watermelon, love cold beverages, love this recipe.

  25. This looks so delicious and refreshing! Add a bit of rum, and it could be an awesome cocktail! Thanks for sharing :)

  26. mypenandme says:

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. :-) M.A.

  27. Berte Bass says:

    Amazingly cooling and refreshing. Another winner

  28. LifeOfBun says:

    Mouthwatering!

  29. livliveslife says:

    This looks wonderful, especially for a hot day! It’s supposed to be in the 100′s here later this week…I might have to give this recipe a try!

    I really enjoy reading your blog, and I have nominated you for both the Versatile Blogger Award and the One Lovely Blog award. Please go to my site to check out the details! http://livliveslife.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/i-owe-you/ !
    :-)

  30. Deirdre says:

    Looks delicious – had to pin this!!

    Deirdre
    http://lauerland.wordpress.com/

  31. Reblogged this on and commented:
    mmmm except for no cucumber.


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