Watermelon Refresher – A delicious drink full of natural electrolytes and no added sweeteners that’s good enough to punch this summer heat in the face!
It. Is. Hot.
It’s like that sweaty scene from The Sandlot right before they go swimming at the public pool. “I’m bakin’ like a toasted cheeser, IT’S SO HOT HERE!”
Our daily rhythm usually puts us outside in the backyard for an hour or two in the afternoon, when it’s well over 100 degrees. We’re usually playing with the water table, or the baby pool, or taking turns using the “mist” function on our hose. But by the time we all come in–flushed cheeks, sticky with sweat, and pretty worn out–we need something to pick us back up. Smoothie popsicles have been our go-to for the most part, but sometimes a girl needs more.
Enter: the Watermelon Refresher
It doesn’t get much easier than this, ladies and gents. Three ingredients: watermelon, lime, and coconut water. Both watermelon and coconut water are great at restoring your body’s electrolyte balance without any added sugars or weird dyes (like you’d find in sports drinks). They’re excellent sources of a host of vitamins (especially B vitamins), magnesium, potassium, and naturally occurring sodium. All of that means that they’re great at naturally reducing your body temperature and blood pressure.
The lime gives just the right note of acidity and doesn’t overpower the whole thing. What you end up with is a delicious, frothy, gorgeous drink that tastes amazing and does amazing things for you.
It’s a great use for watermelon leftovers that are cold from the fridge. If you’re not using cold watermelon and coconut water, you’ll probably want to serve this with a few ice cubes.
Notes on this Watermelon Refresher:
For variety, you can swap out 1 cup of the watermelon for 1 cup of fresh or frozen berries (raspberries or strawberries are nice) or 2 peeled kiwi. You can also try freezing this in cubes, then blending it up for a slushy. Fight the heat! You’ve got this!
Don’t like/can’t afford/can’t find coconut water? No worries! Feel free to skip it and add an extra 1/2c of watermelon or water. Or you can even use sparkling water for a change of pace! If you use sparkling water, puree your watermelon first, THEN pour over the sparkling water so you don’t blend out the fizz.
Cool Off With These Other Summer Favorites:
- The BEST Homemade Popsicles (10 ideas!)
- Honey-Sweetened Berry Lemonade
- Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles
- Pineapple Peach Perfection Smoothie
This is a great use for cold leftover watermelon. If you’re using watermelon at room temp, you’ll probably want to serve this with a few ice cubes.
- 4 cups cubed watermelon
- 1/2 cup coconut water (or an extra 1/2c watermelon, if not using)
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until very smooth. Pour into glasses and serve cold!