Fresh Watermelon Coolers

For my sixth birthday, my mom threw me a pink and green-themed birthday party, my two favorite colors at the time. Watermelon fit in nicely with this theme. My mother gathered napkins, plates, cups and goody bags featuring watermelons. I got my first big-girl bike that year, a big sea-foam green bike with light pink streamers. Watermelon will forever bring me back to my youth.

Fresh juices, like these watermelon coolers, give us a chance to stay healthy and hydrated, especially during the hot summer months. It’s the perfect fruit to juice because it’s hydrating (about 92% water), nutritious, and yet, still has great flavor. It’s loaded with good stuff: vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, B6, B1, potassium and magnesium. Juicing is a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen because it’s so much fun.

The coolers are not too sweet so feel free to add a sweetener of your choice to it. If you’re like my husband, opt for a splash of Amaretto. I had a taste and it makes the perfect summer cocktail :) Enjoy!

Fresh Watermelon Coolers
Serves: 3 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound watermelon, seedless
  • 10 ice cubes
  • juice of 1 orange
  • zest of 1 orange
  • sprig of mint to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Remove rind and chop watermelon into chunks. Add watermelon pieces, juice of orange, orange zest and ice cubes to a blender.
  2. Blend on high for 30 seconds. Pour over ice and garnish with mint.

Try my Spicy Watermelon Salsa and Sweet Watermelon Ice-Pops!

  • http://www.cooks-book.blogspot.com/ Marisa

    Love the story of how watermelon reminds you of your pink and green birthday party! These look so refreshing. It is like summer in a glass!

    • Trish

      They’re very refreshing. Thanks for reading, Marisa!

  • http://www.frenchpressmemos.com FrenchPressMemos

    My husband would add a bit of tequilla and some simple syrup + lime to mix me up a nice watermelon margarita! Very refreshing!

    • Trish

      Oh… those sound fun! A nice variation from your typical margarita. Maybe I’ll try it with what’s left of my watermelon. Thanks for reading!

  • http://www.wheelsandlollipops.com Sharlene (Wheels and Lollipops)

    These look delicious, something that I could probably get my kids to try. I could see this being a base of so many other adult beverages as I call them :) Thanks for sharing your memories, I may keep that idea in mind for my little girl.

    • Trish

      Thanks, Sharlene! Your blog name is adorable. I look forward to reading about some of your French-inspired recipes! Cheers!

  • http://www.authenticsuburbangourmet.blogspot.com Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

    These look perfect to keep cool during the warm weather. A splash of prosseco would be really tasty too. Great job!

    • Trish

      I did try Pellegrino because I originally wanted to make a spritzer but it didn’t taste very good. Prosecco would be the perfect bubbly! Thanks for reading, Lisa!

  • http://kitchen-confidante.com Liren

    Oh, this reminds me of my daughter’s bedroom! Pink and green stripes beneath a white chair rail, and pink above! I love melon drinks, and watermelon coolers with amaretto sounds a wonderful grown up version :)

  • http://alittleyum.wordpress.com A Little Yumminess

    So refreshing….kiddo loves watermelon and this could be a fun drink her as a treat since we don’t give her much “juice”

    • Trish

      check back soon for my watermelon popsicles :)

  • http://jeroxie.com/addiction penny aka jeroxie

    I miss summer…..

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