When the hot summer day is scorching, there’s nothing quite like a glass of homemade watermelon juice to help you cool off and stay hydrated. Good Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and that irresistible sweet and slightly tart flavor, watermelon juice is incredibly healthy and a delightful treat to beat the heat. If you love Trader Joe’s watermelon or Cookout watermelon juice drinks, making one at home will make you one happy person! This watermelon juice is simple, tasteful, and refreshing. Grab your glass, and let’s make a delicious easy watermelon juice recipe.
What is watermelon juice?
A seedless watermelon recipe made for those hot summer days. In its simplest form, watermelon juice is precisely what it sounds like juice extracted from the lusciously juicy, sweet melon. This delightful beverage captures the essence of summer in a glass. It’s not just the fruity sweetness that makes it so appealing; it’s loaded with nutrients like vitamins A and C, plus a hefty dose of hydration thanks to the high water content of watermelons.
A glass of this juice is like taking a sip of summer. It’s made from the sweet, juicy pulp of natural watermelon and is one of the most refreshing drinks you can enjoy. And the best part? It’s so easy to make that once you start, you might keep a jug in the refrigerator all summer. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, having a picnic in the park, or just craving a burst of summertime flavor, this is the way to go! So get ready to slice into that watermelon, and let’s get juicing!
Ingredients for watermelon juice
You can enjoy a delicious hydration drink with simple ingredients: The complete ingredient list is in the recipe card below.
- A Whole Watermelon: I recommend a seedless one to make your life easier. But if seeds don’t bother you, go for any type you like! This recipe calls for one thing and one thing only – a natural watermelon! No fancy additives or sugars, just pure, natural watermelon goodness. When buying watermelon for this recipe, choose the right one. It should have a uniform shape and color, free from blemishes, cracks, or dark spots. When you tap or knock on a ripe watermelon, it should sound hollow. The watermelon may be overripe or not mature enough if it sounds dull.
- Frozen Strawberries- I suggest using frozen strawberries and not fresh strawberries.
- Fresh Lime: The zing of lime adds a surprising kick and citrusy flavor that balances out the sweetness of the watermelon. Add lime juice to watermelon juice and use its slices for garnish.
- Ice Cubes: Use ice cubes to serve the juice. Ice cubes will make sure the juice is nice and chilly.
Steps to make watermelon juice
The beauty of this watermelon juice recipe is its simplicity. You’re just moments away from a delicious hydration drink. Now, head to the grocery store for the ingredients for this fresh fruit juice. Now let’s get down to the easy method of making delicious watermelon juice.
STEP 1: CUT THE WATERMELON INTO HALF USING A SHARP KNIFE. NOW, CUT THE HALF LENGTHWISE INTO HALF. SLIDE THE KNIFE ACROSS THE LENGTH OF THE WATERMELON WHERE THE FRUIT MEATS THE watermelon RIND. SEPARATE THE FRUIT FROM THE RIND AND DISCARD THE RIND. CUT THE WATERMELON INTO large CHUNKS. YOU CAN ALSO REMOVE THE black SEEDS BY MAKING AN ADDITIONAL EFFORT IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE SEEDS IN THE JUICE. Add fresh watermelon to a large bowl.
STEP 2: PLACE THE WATERMELON CHUNKS INTO THE BLENDER. IF YOU’RE OPTING FOR A SWEETENER, THIS IS THE TIME YOU ADD IT TO THE BLENDER.
STEP 3: CUT YOUR LIME IN HALF AND SQUEEZE THE Lime of Lemon JUICE INTO THE BLENDER WITH THE WATERMELON.
STEP 4: BLEND THE WATERMELON AND LIME UNTIL SMOOTH. YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A BEAUTIFULLY PINK, FROTHY MIXTURE.
STEP 5: STRAINING IT IS A PERSONAL PREFERENCE. IF YOU LIKE A BIT OF PULP IN YOUR JUICE, FEEL FREE TO SKIP THIS STEP. IF NOT, PLACE A FINE MESH STRAINER OVER THE JUG AND POUR THE JUICE OVER IT. STRAIN YOUR JUICE THROUGH A FINE MESH STRAINER.
STEP 6: PLACE THE JUG INTO THE REFRIGERATOR TO CHILL. POUR YOUR CHILLED WATERMELON JUICE INTO GLASSES. IF YOU’RE USING MINT LEAVES OR OTHER HERBS, GIVE THEM A QUICK SLAP BETWEEN YOUR PALMS TO RELEASE THE OILS, THEN POP THEM INTO YOUR GLASSES AS A GARNISH. SERVE UP YOUR REFRESHING DRINK AND ENJOY!
There are so many ways you can turn this humble watermelon juice into something more exciting and flavorsome. Here are a few fantastic ideas for you to try:
Citrus: If lime isn’t your thing, swap it out with fresh lemon juice or even a splash of orange juice for a sweeter twist. Citrus adds freshness, and the tangy flavor cuts through the natural sweetness of the watermelon.
Go Green: Add a handful of fresh spinach or kale to your blender for an extra nutrient kick. The flavors of the greens won’t overpower the sweet watermelon flavor, and it will still shine through!
Spice It Up: A dash of cayenne pepper can add an unexpected and exciting zing and heat to your juice.
Herbs: Try adding fresh mint leaves to the watermelon juice. It adds a refreshing burst and makes the whole experience even more enjoyable. You can also try other fresh herbs like basil, rosemary, or cilantro for an herbaceous note.
Tropical Vibes: Mix in some pineapple chunks and a splash of coconut water before blending. This version will transport you to a sunny beach, even if you’re sitting in your kitchen.
Berry: Adding a handful of your favorite berries will add a delightful fruity twist to your watermelon juice. Think strawberries, raspberries, or even blackberries. Your juice, your rules!
Cucumber: Add some cucumber slices to your watermelon juice for a refreshing, spa-like treat. The cucumber adds a unique twist to the flavor profile and boosts the juice’s hydration power. Plus, cucumber’s detoxifying agents will offer so much for your well-being.
Watermelon Mimosa: For the adults in the room, a splash of vodka or tequila can transform this juice into a delicious and refreshing cocktail, making it a perfect drink for a summer barbecue or just a lazy Sunday afternoon. The watermelon mimosa strain is something I used to make sure there won’t be too much pulp.
Melon: Who said only watermelons get to have all the fun? Add some cantaloupe or honeydew melon chunks to your blender for a sweet melon juice that’s sure to please.
Sparkling soda/water: Adding sparkling water or soda to watermelon juice is a fantastic way to create a refreshing, fizzy summer drink. The result is a bubbly, delightful watermelon beverage that’s perfect for hot summer days. Use any brand of sparkling water or soda as per your liking.
Ginger: Consider adding a chunk of fresh ginger to your watermelon juice for an extra layer of complexity. It adds a warm, zesty flavor that’s utterly irresistible. You can either blend the ginger or add whole to infuse in your drink.
Added Sugar: If you prefer sweeter juices, add ingredients like Honey, agave, or sugar. You can use artificial sweeteners like stevia as well.
Blender: This is crucial for transforming watermelon chunks into a smooth, juicy treat. Any blender will do, but that’s even better if you’ve got a high-speed one.
Fine Mesh Strainer: If you prefer a clear juice, you will need a fine mesh strainer to spate the pulp from the liquid. You can also use cheesecloth if you don’t have a fine mesh strainer.
Jug: Use a glass jug with a lid to store your juice. Place it in the refrigerator if you’re not drinking it immediately.
Does Watermelon Juice Stain?
Let’s be honest; watermelon juice is bright red and can leave a stain. But fear not; there is a way to get rid of it quickly. If you spill a little on your favorite shirt, soak it in cold water and a little laundry detergent. It should help lift the pink mishap right out.
Is Watermelon Juice Good for You?
You bet it is! Watermelon juice is a delightful, refreshing drink bursting with nutrients. Loaded with vitamins A and C, packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, it is a fantastic source of hydration – it’s truly nature’s energy drink. So, sip away guilt-free!
Where To Buy Watermelon Juice?
In a pinch and no time to make your own? No problem! You can typically find bottled watermelon juice in most supermarkets’ juice or health food section. It’s also available at many health food stores and online. I enjoy Trader Joe’s watermelon juice, a good substitute for natural watermelon juice. Just remember to check the label for added sugars.
How Long Does Watermelon Juice Last in The Fridge?
Once you’ve made your delicious watermelon juice, it should last 2-3 days in the fridge. Store it in a covered container, preferably a glass, to keep it fresh and tasty. If you see any signs of separation or a funky smell, it’s best to toss it and make a new batch.
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How To Make Watermelon Juice?
- 1/2 Cups frozen Strawberries
- 2 Cups Watermelon
- 1 Lime or Lemon Squeezed
- Top with Mint leaves
- 1 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar Optional
- Cut your Watermelon into chunks
- Place the watermelon chunks and frozen strawberries into the blender. if you're opting for a sweetener, this is the time you add it to the blender.1/2 Cups frozen Strawberries, 1 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar, 2 Cups Watermelon
- Cut your lime in half and squeeze the juice into the blender with the watermelon and strawberries. Blend the watermelon and lime until smooth1 Lime or Lemon
- Straining it is a personal preference. if you like a bit of pulp in your juice, feel free to skip this step. if not, place a fine mesh strainer over the jug and pour the juice over it. strain your juice through a fine mesh strainer.
- Place the jug into the refrigerator to chill. pour your chilled watermelon juice into glasses. Top with mint leavesTop with Mint leaves