VARIATION: This spicy version excludes the mint and has a bit of jalapeño. Grate (with a microplane) frozen jalapeño pepper into the watermelon juice and serve with a squeeze of lime and a splash or shot of tequila for a spicy adult beverage.
Watermelon Mint Cooler
Total Time: 30 min. Servings: 8
Posted by Danny
On a hot summer day there is nothing that hits the spot quite like a watermelon cooler. It simply defines summer, spending a lazy afternoon in the garden sipping watermelon mint cooler from a tall glass, under a shady tree. It is truly refreshing and just the right amount of sweetness.
Burdened with half of a huge watermelon you brought home from market but couldn’t finish? Juice it and turn it into a tasty refreshing beverage. It’s fast, simple and delicious. You can use any size watermelon but I always think the bigger the better. This juice will last in the fridge for about 5 days.
large red watermelon (seeded or seedless)
(One 9-10 lb watermelon = about 2 quarts liquid)
1/3 cup mint leaves (washed)
squeeze of lime (optional)
Cut watermelon into cubes, discard the rinds. Seeds are ok though. Place several cups of watermelon cubes into the blender and mix. If you need to add a bit of water to get it to blend that is fine. Keep adding watermelon until blender is full.
Add 1/3 cup mint to bottom of pitcher and muddle.
Strain juice into pitcher with thick cheesecloth, doubled over or a fine mesh strainer.
Add optional squeeze of fresh lime.
Serve chilled or over ice and garnish with whole sprigs of mint.
Escarole season is just around the corner, and these bold tasting heads should be popping up in our fields (and market-stands) in the upcoming weeks. Check out a great recipe for this unique green, and get ready for a winter-time treat!