Watermelon Juice — What’s more summery than watermelon?? It’s a fruit that’s become synonymous with the sunshiney season. It’s hard to even imagine enjoying a fresh slice of watermelon on anything but the perfect hot summer’s day!
I love watermelon, and I’ve officially had my first slice of the year. You know what that means? It’s officially summertime here at our house, and I’m so excited about it! Bring on the ice cream, lemonade, funnel cakes, and all other summertime treats that I can’t wait to enjoy.
What’s your favourite summertime treat?? Leave it in the comments below!
Today, I’m sharing a simple and totally refreshing way to enjoy your watermelon. And it’s the perfect little recipe for when you’ve got some extra watermelon you’re not quite sure what to do with.
Ladies and gents, I present to you…Watermelon Juice! Yay!
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Here’s How To Make It
When I said simple, I wasn’t kidding! All you really have to do is scoop up your watermelon into a blender and blend it. That’s it. That’s the recipe!
Watermelon juice is perfectly delicious on its own. But if you’re looking to add some extra flavour or a touch more sweetness, you can easily do so with this. I love recipes that you can really make your own. Not to mention, completely tailor to your guests or party theme – making this the perfect drink for your entertaining adventures.
To make mine, I used three ingredients: watermelon, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a touch of agave nectar. If, after first tasting your juice, you find it perfectly sweet, don’t add any agave nectar. Or, if you like it a bit more tart, add in some more lemon juice. The choice is all yours! Happy juice-making, loves!
Check out the recipe below.
A perfectly refreshing drink to enjoy this summer! This recipe makes about 5 cups.
- 1 small sweet watermelon (about 12 cups chopped)
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar (or to taste)
Cut watermelon in half. Using a large spoon, scoop chunks of watermelon into a blender. Discard the rind.
Pulse until pulverized. Taste. For extra flavour, add freshly squeezed lemon juice, and for extra sweetness, add agave nectar. Add each one tablespoon at a time, pulsing for a few seconds after each tablespoon and tasting after each one until you've reached your preferred taste.
To remove pulp and seeds, strain over a fine-mesh sieve.
Refrigerate and serve chilled.
Don’t strain for additional nutrients!
It’s Good For You
Watermelon is a healthy fruit. It’s high in water content – about 92 percent of it consists of water, making it perfect for staying hydrated on a hot summer’s day, and it’s nutritious – low in calories and provides essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
And when it comes to juices, this is a healthier version. Most juices you pick up at the grocery store are high in sugars, so this is a healthier alternative for when you’re craving some juice but not wanting all the sugar. And if you’re looking for even more nutrients, keep the pulp!
A Note About Sweeteners
Feel free to use any sweetener of your choice. If you’re using white sugar, it’s a good idea to create a simple syrup first before adding it to your juice. This is because white sugar on its own does not dissolve easily in cold liquids. To make a simple syrup, combine one part sugar to one part water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, stir until sugar dissolves and let cool before using it in the recipe.
Other Ways To Enjoy This Juice
AGUA FRESCA » This refreshing Mexican drink translates into “fresh water” or “cool water” and is made by blending fruits, water, lime juice, and a tad of sweetener. You can use a variety of fruits to make this delicious drink, and watermelon is a great option! Because watermelon is already so juicy, it doesn’t require a ton of water. But you can easily turn this juice into your own version of an agua fresca by adding a 1/2 of cold fresh water into your blended watermelon at a time, swapping your lemon juice for fresh lime juice, and adjusting the amounts of lime juice and sweetener as you go until you’ve reached your preferred taste.
LEMONADE » Who doesn’t love a nice glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day?! Turn this juice into lemonade by adding more lemon juice (again, a bit at a time and tasting as you go!) and more sweetener as needed. You may also want to add 1/2 of cold water as you go as well to achieve the right balance of sweet and tart.
SODA » Regular soda is packed full of sugar. To make a healthy alternative to soda for your little ones, add a bit of fizz to your watermelon juice with some sparkling water. It totally tastes like soda and is loads healthier. And with the countless flavoured sparkling waters out there, you can easily switch up the flavours and create different versions of this soda alternative for the little ones (or anyone else looking to enjoy some fruit soda!)
MIMOSA » Let’s stay on the bubbly train and turn this juice into the perfect little brunch addition. Mimosas are a cocktail usually made with equal parts sparkling wine and orange juice. Easily transform your watermelon juice by adding some sparkling wine and creating your own version of a yummy mimosa!
COCKTAILS+ » You can also turn this juice into more than just a mimosa. Add in some tequila and lime for your very own watermelon margarita, or add in a splash of vodka for another adult-friendly drink.
Let your creativity soar! 🙂
The Watermelon Pop
If you’re looking for another way to enjoy your leftover watermelon, other than turning it into juice, why not a watermelon pop?! Using a cookie cutter of your choice, cut out adorable shapes when serving. It’s also a fun little activity for the kids to get involved in.
How cute are these little flower pops?? I ended up using some stir sticks as the stems because they were green, and I was going for the whole flower thing, but you can use popsicle sticks in place of these (just be sure the popsicle sticks aren’t just the craft ones and are safe to use with food!). Or scrap the popsicle sticks altogether and just display all your pretty cutouts on a platter!
I hope you’ve been inspired to enjoy your watermelon in new ways this summer. Let me know which way is your favourite in the comments below! Talk soon, loves! xx, Amanda
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