Mint and Watermelon Cooler

Watermelon juice.Early summer is upon us! The weather is warm, the days are long, everything is a vibrant green, farmers markets are back, and my home garden is full of activity. As I must wait patiently for some vegetables there is one herb that always buds first and is abundant in my garden now. That is Mint. Seeing it inspires me to use my recipes that include mint! From mint tea, to fresh pea and mint soup, a quinoa salad with fresh herbs and a mint-watermelon cooler. Nothing says summer quite like this. Made with fresh mint, juicy watermelon, fresh squeezed lime juice, and club soda. It’s deliciously thirst quenching on a hot day and made with only the freshest ingredients. It is loved by adults and kids alike. I often make a pitcher before friends come over and while it sits the flavors are enhanced.  If you don’t have mint in your own garden, it is plentiful, fresh, and inexpensive at farmers markets.

I always like to highlight the health benefits of my recipes. The fragrant herb, mint, supports good digestion and contains antioxidants for good health. Watermelon is hydrating, low in calories and high in nutrients including vitamin A and lycopene. Finally, with the lime juice you get a good dose of vitamin C. Yes, there is a small amount of sugar, but in moderation can be enjoyed.

Mint and Watermelon Cooler

  • 1 cup of mint leaves
  • 1 cup of pureed watermelon
  • 6 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 3 Tablespoons of simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 cup of club soda

Muddle the mint leaves in a pitcher. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Let it sit for an hour if possible to let the flavors meld, though not necessary! Fill 4 cups with ice, pour and enjoy!

*Note: Add 1 cup of high quality rum to this recipe and you have a delicious watermelon mojito, an amazing summer cocktail.

Simple syrup

Combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Heat on medium, bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes and stir to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.


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