Watermelon juice coolers are so refreshing. Cool, sweet, and perfect for a hot summer day. Plus, they’re really easy to make. I have a few tips for you below on how to remove the seeds and pulp, and a few suggestions on what to add to create a little variety to your watermelon juice coolers or turn them into a cocktail.
Once upon a time there was a very hot day in Florida. And, on that very hot day my air conditioner decided to stick it’s tongue out at me and quit. And it’s 90. And the A/C guy can’t make it out until tomorrow. Are you playing a violin for me yet?
But my friends would call me optimistic in the midst of adversity and sweltering heat. I’m a glass is half-full kind of girl. Literally! I googled fresh frozen drinks and about 5 recipes for watermelon drinks came up. I took my favorite bits out of each recipe (based on what I had in the refrigerator) and created my own.
Champagne is optional. Here it goes … really simple ingredients.
INGREDIENTS FOR WATERMELON JUICE
- a quarter of a watermelon (approx. 2 cups cubed)
- a cup of coconut water or fruit juice
- 2 cups of water (to make a simple syrup)
- a cup of sugar
- a cup of ice.
HOW TO PREP THE WATERMELON
The easiest way to prep your watermelon is to cut the fruit into cubes. I used a melon baller in the photos below. Cutting it into cubes is quicker, but the melon baller will give you a few nice round pieces to use as garnish. You can pick up a melon baller at most local supermarkets or on Amazon.
Be sure to not waste a single drop of watermelon juice. As your cutting the cubes (or using the baller) just tilt over the rind so you can pour any extra juice into a bowl.
Making Watermelon Garnish or Ice Cubes
Add a few melon balls to a bamboo skewer for garnish. Pop them into the freezer to make them ice cold. If you have time, you can freeze them over night and create a nice little swizzle stick to keep your drink cold. I’m sweating — or rather — my forehead is getting all sparkly, so I’m just going to use these as garnish.
This next step is what makes the Watermelon Juice Coolers irresistibly delicious. We’re going to make a simple syrup to sweeten it up. Add 2 cups of water to a pot and bring to a boil. Once it starts to boil, add 1 cup of sugar, stir, and remove from heat.
Sweeten With A Homemade Simple Syrup
Add 2 cups of watermelon to a blender. (We’re gonna get rid of the pulp and stray seeds in a later step).
Blend until smooth. Watermelon is a pretty soft fruit. It shouldn’t take too long to pulverize it.
Strain The Watermelon Juice To Remove Pulp And Seeds
After blending the watermelon cubes, strain the juice through a sieve to remove the pulp and seeds. You can skip this step if you like juice with pulp. But personally, I like it more smooth once it is strained.
Once you’ve strained the watermelon juice, add it back into the blender and pour in the cooled simple syrup along with a cup of ice. Blend together, then serve!
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO SERVE WATERMELON JUICE
- Fill each glass half with juice, and half with sparkling wine to make Watermelon Mimosas.
- Fill each serving glass half with juice and half with sparkling water to create a Sparkling Watermelon Juice Mocktail.
- Add a cup of coconut water and squeeze of lime for a thirst-quenching after-sports drink.
- Add a cup of your favorite fruit juice (cranberry, lemonade, etc) to create your own blend.
- Freeze the watermelon juice in popsicle molds for a fruity frozen treat.
- Add a shot of vodka to each serving glass along with watermelon juice and crushed ice for a refreshing summer cocktail.
Oooooh yeaaaah! AC guy can take his time now. I’m chillin.
Watermelon Coolers Recipe
A refreshing watermelon juice cooler drink that's perfect for summertime entertaining.
- 2 cups chopped watermelon
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup ice (optional if melon is not frozen)
- extra watermelon pieces for garnish
- Chop or scoop watermelon and blend in a blender or food processor.
- Strain the watermelon juice to remove pulp and stray seeds. Pour strained juice back into blender.
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add 1 cup of sugar to create a simple syrup. Remove from heat, stir until sugar is dissolved, and set aside to let cool.
- Add one cup of ice, coconut water, and simple syrup to watermelon juice in blender. Blend together.
- Serve with extra watermelon as garnish.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 70mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 1gSugar: 61gProtein: 1g
Nutritional information is only an estimate.
MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE!
- Watermelon Limeade
- Watermelon Feta Salad
- Cucumber Melon Smoothie
- Mint Lemonade
- Melon Salad with Honey, Lime, and Mint
- Tropical Fruits Around The World
Originally Published Aug 2, 2009. Updated 2020
Linn @ Swedish home cooking says
I can imagine having your coolers a hot day like this. I’m in Paris and it is 25 degrees C. Watermelon, mm.
I make something very similar with cantaloupes, but watermelon sounds pretty darn good too… thanks for sharing!
Those are beautiful drinks–how perfect for warm weather.
Congrats on your Top 9!
I love the pink colors so fitting for Florida. I hope you A/C is working now because of the sweltering heat.
A/C is FREEZING now. Could make a chai and pretend it’s fall. But love these for grillin out. :o)
Patty Price says
Wow, what a delicious looking blog you have, great detail with all your photos and I love the watermelon coolers!