If you think watermelon is the perfect refreshing treat on a hot summer day, wait til you try this watermelon mint lime refresher!
I absolutely love watermelon. I’ll sit down and eat about half a watermelon in one sitting (it’s just water, so there are no calories, right?!). The only reason I don’t recommend doing this is because you’ll have to pee SO much afterwards. So definitely don’t do this before bedtime! It’s one of those fruit that is so yummy but also has a nostalgic/summertime feel to it that just makes you happy! I know it’s annoying to buy them b/c you have to pick a good one and lug this big thing around, but it’s always worth it. I’m the person who will look at the huge pile of watermelons at the market, pound on most of them (not really knowing what I’m listening for), and then just arbitrarily pick one. I’ve read some things on how to pick a good watermelon, and I’m not sure if they’re accurate, but these are the things that I generally look for: 1. The yellow spot – I know it’s ugly, but apparently that means it’s been sitting on the vine longer 2. Heavy for its size – this means it’s juicy…? 3. A hollow sound when you tap it with your palm (again, I’m not exactly sure about this one, but it doesn’t stop me from trying each time!)
This recipe is super simple with just THREE ingredients, but will definitely quench both your thirst and taste buds! The only things you need are watermelon, mint, and lime juice (and ice, optional). Roughly chop your watermelon into cubes- you’ll want about 2 cups. Wash and mince 4-6 mint leaves depending on how big they are and how minty you want your drink to be. Lastly, juice one fresh lime. You could use the lime juice in the bottles, but I highly recommend using fresh lime. Put everything in the blender and blend until combined (it’ll take just a few seconds). I added about 5 ice cubes to my drink just to make it colder. You can add more ice if you want to make is more like a slushy, but it will water down the flavor. You can also just serve the drink over ice instead of blending the ice into the drink. I suppose you could add some sweetener if you want, but I didn’t find it necessary- my watermelon was perfectly sweet! Garnish with lime and mint if you want, and that’s it! Drink immediately – as with other fruit juices, it will separate if you let it sit.
Lime and mint make for such a great combination in the refreshing department. Add them to the watermelon, and you may just become addicted! The drink tastes fresh and clean with the perfect balance of natural sweetness from the watermelon and tart and refreshing from the lime and mint. It’s also a nice change from just eating plain watermelon. However, there’s something satisfying about the texture of watermelon, and you lose that with this drink. So, sometimes I’ll make the drink, and sometimes, I’ll just cube up my watermelon, sprinkle some minced mint over the top, and give it a good squeeze of lime juice. Viola, you now have the delicious flavors while keeping the integrity of the watermelon! Both are great options, so go with whichever one you’re feeling in the mood for!
I always say that food doesn’t solve problems, but there’s something about eating and enjoying something delicious that gives you a little boost of happiness. With so much going on this world, I think it’s important to take the time to slow down and enjoy your food, drink and company. I’m not suggesting running away from problems and drowning yourself in gluttony at all, but a little spark of joy can help you get through tough times. With all that being said, go make this deliciously refershing drink, and I hope it gives you a little something to smile about today!
- 2 cups of cubed watermelon
- 4-6 mint leaves, minced
- Juice of 1 lime
- Ice cubes
- Blend watermelon, mint, and lime juice until combined. Add 4-6 ice cubes to blender* OR serve over ice.
- Garnish with lime and mint (optional).
- Adding 4-6 ice cubes in the blender will just make your drink colder; it will not make it a slushy. You can add more ice to the blender to achieve a slushier texture, but the flavors will be watered down.