Watermelon CoolerPosted: 06/12/2012 Filed under: Beverage, fruit, recipes | Tags: beverage, drinks, recipe, summer drinks, watermelon, watermelon cooler 43 Comments
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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Going to have to make this….I am obsessed with anything watermelon! YAY for Summer!
mmm..watermelon…very cute! i like!
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?
I have never worked with a juicer, so I can’t say. It may change the consistency. If you have a blender, I would stick with that.
cool, I will try it! Thanks.
Mama S – this could be your best summer item ever!! I LOVE everything watermelon – so I am definitely making this one!!!! It looks delicious!
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
These look so fantastic and refreshing!! Have summer party coming up next month and I could see these being the star!
I think your guests would love them!
This is too too cute! Love the straw 🙂 Perfect flavors for Summer!
Beautiful summer drink 😀
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Hmmm…I’m thinking we might need a special version for the mamas this weekend-Yum!
I think that sounds like a grand idea!
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!
Vodka is always a wise addition! Bet they were good.
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!
Yes indeed! Cherry Rum is a quite inventive touch!
This looks so refreshing!! Yum.
I dot think anyone could ever say no to your fabulous drinks! Pink, cute & compact, perfect for a BBQ 🙂
We don’t get many hot days up here but I think I’ll still try that cooler anyway!
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.
Thanks Leslie for your comments!
I think the smell of the watermelon is magical.. I’ll be making this this weekend!
These look awesome! I am making these for the 4th of July. Thanks.
Beautiful! I have a recipe somewhere for watermelon and mint popsicles, and they are so yummy. What a great combination and lovely presentation!
This looks so cool and refreshing, perfect for summer!!
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!
Erin, thanks for your comments. I just go to my local art supply store and purchase art paper or foam core board, or poster board. Sometimes I use fabrics, pieces of wood or even battered cookie sheets make interesting backgrounds.
That is such a good idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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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.
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Love watermelon, love cold beverages, love this recipe.
This looks so delicious and refreshing! Add a bit of rum, and it could be an awesome cocktail! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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Amazingly cooling and refreshing. Another winner
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!
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Looks delicious – had to pin this!!
Thanks Deidre, I appreciate it!
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mmmm except for no cucumber.