When it comes to Summer drinks, I love to use watermelon. The juicy fruit is 92 percent water — meaning it's pretty easy to puree, strain, and drink. It tastes wonderful on its own, fresh from the blender, or works well in a cocktail.
This recipe combines watermelon puree with white grape juice, lime juice, and club soda. It's refreshing, fruity, delicious, and can be served to kids. For an adult version, add a splash of vodka or gin. To offer this concoction at your Fourth of July barbecue, get the recipe now.
3 cups coarsely chopped seeded watermelon
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves
2 cups white grape juice
1 tsp. finely shredded lime peel
3/4 cup fresh lime juice, chilled
32 oz. (4 cups) club soda, chilled
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)
Watermelon wedges or balls (optional)
- Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend until smooth. Strain watermelon puree through a fine mesh sieve; discard pulp.
- In a large bowl combine sugar and mint. Using the back of a wooden spoon, lightly crush mint by pressing it against the side of the bowl.
- Add grape juice, lime peel, lime juice, and watermelon puree, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir in club soda.
- Serve in glasses over ice. If desired, garnish with mint sprigs and watermelon wedges or balls. Serve immediately.
- Drinks, Summertime
- North American