It’s officially Fall today but it’s never too late to make this refreshing watermelon juice. Watermelon is still in season and I have 10 mini watermelons sitting in my kitchen. A few days ago, I got 5 more watermelons since it was on sale for 75 cents. On Labor day, I made Tequila Watermelon Agua Fresca and it was a hit with everyone.
Growing up I never liked watermelon. It felt like eating sand and everyone around me kept saying it’s the best part. You know how grainy it is when sweet. Well, now that I am older it seems like everything I never liked as a kid is becoming a favorite. This summer after every meal, I’m always having watermelon as my dessert. I can’t believe I’ve craving it like crazy maybe because this summer is too hot. Thank God it is already Fall but we’re still in the triple digits.
Usually when I make watermelon juice I have 2 pitchers in the fridge. While relaxing I might have a glass or two with a shot of tequila or vodka. Yum, it such a refreshing drink for the summer time. It’s a summer thirst quencher especially if I’m out in yard barbecuing. Now, I am craving for pork belly bbq too.
How to Make Watermelon Juice
When I prepare this juice or any watermelon drink I use 2 mini watermelons. After removing watermelon from rind and cut into cubes I take half and place it in the freezer while the other half goes to the fridge. Make sure when you freeze the watermelon to separate it into portions so it is easier to blend. Once watermelon is frozen you can start making your juice. Depending on how big your blender is I take ½ frozen and ½ chilled watermelon. Add water and simple syrup. Blend and pour in pitcher with ice. If you desire, rim your glasses with sugar, salt or a combination of both and garnish with lime wedges, fresh mint or basil leaves.
If you are so anxious to make this watermelon juice and have no time to freeze or chill it just add about 8 – 10 ice cubes in the blender.
If you don’t have simple syrup or lazy to make one you may substitute it with granulated white sugar. Honestly, when making any drink I prefer using simple syrup. It annoys me to see sugar that did not dissolve at the bottom of pitcher. Simple syrup is so easy to make. In a sauce pan, add equal parts of sugar and water. Boil it until sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a sealed container and place in the fridge. I even leave it in my kitchen counter for 2 weeks and it is fine. That’s it. It is ready anytime you need it.
Also, when I make watermelon juice I don’t strain it. There’s hardly any seeds in mini watermelons. If there are any they’re very tiny and soft. So it is your choice. Strain or not strain!
Watermelon Juice Recipe
OK, get hydrated this summer with this refreshing watermelon juice. Watch my video or print the recipe. Enjoy!
- 6 cups watermelon or 1 mini watermelon chopped- 3 cups chilled & 3 cups frozen
- ½ cup simple syrup
- ½ cup water
- slices of lime garnish, optional
- mint or basil leaves garnish optional
Cut one mini watermelon into cubes. Discard rind and seeds if any.
Take half of watermelon and freeze while the other half put in fridge.
In blender, combine chilled & frozen watermelon, simple syrup and water. Liquefy.
Add ice in pitcher and pour watermelon juice.
Rim glasses with salt or sugar or a combination of both. Garnish glasses with lime wedges, mint or basil leaves.
Add ice in glasses.
Pour watermelon juice in each glass. Enjoy!
Note: In my video I doubled the recipe.