There’s nothing better than a slice of juicy watermelon on a hot summer day. (It’s one of the foods that help your body stay hydrated as you snack.) But have you ever wanted to drink that precious juice at the bottom of the watermelon bowl? Here’s an easy watermelon juice recipe to keep your summer laid-back and cool.
Yes! Don’t be fooled by its high water content—watermelon is a nutritional powerhouse, too. It is an excellent source of vitamins including A, B6 and C. It also has a very high lycopene content. Plus, since watermelons are more than 90% water, drinking watermelon juice is a tasty way to hydrate.
How to Make Watermelon Juice
- 2 cups watermelon, diced
- 1 cup water (or coconut water)
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup or granulated sugar, to taste
- Lime juice (optional)
Step 1: Blend It
Add the diced watermelon and water to your blender and puree until smooth. Add more water if you prefer a smoother consistency. Alternately, if you like a more slushie-like texture, add in some ice.
Step 2: Flavor It
Depending on the sweetness of your watermelon, you can sweeten with simple syrup or sugar. (Learn how to make simple syrup here.) You can also give your drink a tart, refreshing squeeze of lime juice.
Make the Drink Your Own
Once you’ve got the basic watermelon juice recipe down, it’s time to get clever. Add fresh mint, fruit juice or even coconut milk! One of our favorite summer refreshments is this watermelon cooler made with lemonade.
How Long Does Fresh Watermelon Juice Last?
It tastes best immediately after making it, but any leftover watermelon juice can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also freeze watermelon juice for up to one month, but be sure to store it in a freezer-safe container and leave at least an inch at the top of the container to allow for the juice to expand as it freezes.