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Watermelon Lime Shake

Watermelon Lime Shake

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Watermelon and lime shake.

The watermelon flavor is subtle, and the lime is a zingy, refreshing complement, making this the best picnic milkshake ever. If you are using a watermelon with seeds, try to pick out most of them, but leaving a few is OK; they will get chopped up and lend a pretty, black speckle to the shake.

Excerpted from Malts & Milkshakes, by Autumn Martin (St. Martin's Press, 2013)


  • 1 3-to 5-pound watermelon
  • 1/4 Cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 3 medium limes)
  • 12 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 4 paper-thin lime slices

Watermelon Lime Cooler

We moved to Arizona last summer — at the END of the summer. Sure, it was hot, but the mornings and the evenings were divine. It has been such a great move for us in so many ways. I read several books outside, sitting on the patio, sipping this drink. Good times!


lime wedges and fresh mint, for garnish

In a small saucepan, combine the lime juice and sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool.

Place the watermelon cubes in the bowl of a food processor or a blender, and process until smooth. This may have to be done in batches, depending on the size of your blender or food processor.

Pour the watermelon into a mesh strainer set over a large bowl. Discard the solids in the strainer, and stir the lim syrup into the liquid watermelon in the bowl. Transfer the mixture to a 2-qt. pitcher, and pour in the ginger ale right before serving. Garnish the glasses with the lime wedges and a sprig of mint, fill with ice, and pour the mixture in.

Uses Fresh Ingredients:

I use fresh limes in this drink, as it marries well with the fresh flavors of the watermelon.

If you aren’t able to juice them yourself, this electronic juicer on Amazon is under $20 right now and small enough to store in a cabinet.

I recently purchased it myself, and it’s a great size for smaller fruit such as limes and key limes.

You could always try prepared lime juice, but be aware that it may change the flavors of the drink. I personally use prepared lime juice for baking and cooking but do not use it for beverages.

It just has a little more of a bitter flavor and you don’t want that in your fresh juices.

Next up is the watermelon. Just slice and cube into small pieces, that can be blended up easily in a blender or food processor.

You will blend/puree the juice until it has a smooth texture. Do not over-blend.

I like my Ninja blender since it has pulse and Auto-IQ options, so I hardly ever over-blend my smoothies or beverages.

If froth develops you can let it sit a few minutes and it will dissipate.

This beverage has a fun pink color which is perfect for summer barbecues, sipping on the porch and more.

I love how it looks in the clear mason jars glasses, but for kids you can opt for plastic cups and some fun straws for parties!

Optionally, add ice to turn into more of a smoothie, or use seltzer or soda water to put some fizz into this drink.

Garnish with fresh lime slices.

If you want to spice up the evening a bit with a cool refreshing adult beverage, try this Strawberry Pineapple Cocktail recipe.

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Make it Thinner

The thickness of a blended drink will depend on a few factors, such as whether or not ice is used, and whether the fruit is fresh or frozen. If your smoothie isn’t sip-able, you can add one of these healthful ingredients to thin it down just a bit.

  • 2 tablespoons green tea or chamomile tea
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut water
  • Add a small amount of a high-moisture food, such as celery, lettuce, cucumber, lemon or lime
  • Add some water---important to re-hydrate!
  • Unsweetened almond milk to add richness---great with tropical fruits!

Watermelon Lime Spritzer – Summer Drink Recipe

On Tuesday, hubby and I decided to take a trip to a neighboring town, called Bastrop. We putzed around in the historical downtown district, which was really neat. A lot of the old buildings were restored, without losing that sweet original charm, and turned into varying businesses. There was even a little walking area and park along the Colorado River, which we went down, despite it being 108 degrees outside.

We visited a few farmer&rsquos markets while we were there too. While most of the markets are dwindling down, getting ready for their fall/winter crops, we still scored some okra, cucumbers, and a big juicy watermelon.

The lady we bought the watermelon from told us how she used some of the leftover watermelons she had to make 4 GALLONS of juice. I guess I never really thought about turning watermelon into &ldquojuice&rdquo, but I was intrigued. She was super friendly and even gave us a recipe for pickled watermelon rind. We were both so perplexed by the concept of pickled watermelon rind!

Now, don&rsquot get me wrong, I LOVE pickles, and my hubby loves pickled eggs. I have even eaten pickled fish before, but pickled watermelon rind sounded pretty unappealing. Being the sweet lady she was though, she busted open a jar she had and let us both try it. Hey, I&rsquoll try anything once! I&rsquoll admit it wasn&rsquot the worst thing I&rsquove tasted, but it reminded me of old fashioned clove candy.

You know the kind I&rsquom talking about. The kind that you can smell and even taste the clove about a mile away! The texture was a little different, not bad, but man was the clove and ginger overpowering. I guess if clove is your thing, you might want to give pickled watermelon rind a try!

So back to the point of my story. We ended up going home with a HUGE watermelon. I mean this baby was giant! There was no way we would be able to eat all of it so I decided to try out the whole &ldquojuicing&rdquo idea. It was pretty easy to make! All you do is take your cubed and seeded watermelon and mix it up in your blender (a food processor may work if you don&rsquot have a blender).

Since watermelon is mostly water, you don&rsquot need to add any liquid to it. The watermelon &ldquojuice&rdquo was just fine by itself, but I got to thinking that maybe I could make a refreshing summer drink recipe too. I had some limes, a little bit of simple syrup leftover from another recipe, and some club soda. I combined all of those things and came up with this Watermelon Lime Spritzer. It&rsquos perfect for cooling off from the summer heat!

This watermelon lime spritzer drink recipe was pretty easy to put together too. I just used the juice from 2 limes and mixed it with the &ldquojuiced&rdquo watermelon. I added a bit of club soda and a splash of simple syrup and it was perfect! Easy, refreshing Watermelon Lime Spritzer!

Watermelon Lime Soda

A refreshing sparkling summer drink of watermelon and lime.

Summer temperatures are here and with them, my aversion to turning on the oven. I still do plenty of baking in the summer, just not as much, and usually only in the morning. So when I had a hankering for something sweet and refreshing on one particularly hot afternoon earlier this week, I turned to one of my new favorite things— club soda flavored with the perfect summer flavor combo, watermelon and lime.

This beverage is super easy, very refreshing, and a million times better than whatever processed fountain drink you’re currently a slave to. So ditch the drive-thru and make a pitcher of this flavored soda instead, I guarantee you won’t regret it.

I love a good cocktail as much as the next gal, but often this alcohol-free drink is all I need. Still, I have been known to add a splash (or two) of vodka, gin, and even rum to to my glass to kick it up a notch. Perfect for summer weekend sipping.

The most important thing to remember is that flavored sodas are 100% customizable. Buy a bottle of club soda or sparkling water and go crazy! Strawberry and basil, raspberry lemonade, peaches and mint… the options are endless.

This is the best coconut water just the way it’s written, but if you want to add in some extra flavors, go for it!

Try this lime refresher with any of these ideas:

  • Cantaloupe – Either exchange the watermelon for cantaloupe entirely or make the healthy coconut water drink recipe with half watermelon half cantaloupe. It will be refreshing and flavorful both ways.
  • Lemon Juice – You can swap lime juice for lemon juice with this watermelon coconut water recipe.
  • Honey – You can add a drizzle of honey to cool lime refresher. Don’t go overboard, just a little taste will bring out a lot of sweetness.
  • Cucumber – Adding cucumber gives makes coconut water drink recipes even better flavor! Remove the seeds for optimal texture.
  • Pineapple – Anything with pineapple and coconut is going to be amazing! My only advice is that you might want to strain the drink before drinking if you aren’t a fan of pulp. Otherwise, you can drink up! Yum!

Healthy Watermelon Mint Lime Smoothie

In this hot summer, Watermelon Mint Lime Smoothie is the perfect cooler drink to make yourself fresh and healthy. This mint watermelon smoothie is best partner with light snack in summer evening. I sometimes, take only watermelon juice, but plain juice is not enough for me. Pinch of salt gives it punch and makes perfect watermelon smoothie for me.

Now, summer officially at its peak temperature, (It was 45 degree yesterday in my area. ), this is the best time to make refreshing cooler drink and get rid of dehydrated.

In my city, summer got wild during April and may. sometimes temperature goes beyond 45 degree… In these hottest days, watermelon and chia seeds are my best coolest ingredients.

Chocolate banana smoothie with chia seeds is best summer breakfast for me. I always try to include chia seeds in my breakfast drink. So it helps me to survive in those hot days of summer.

Healthy Watermelon Mint Lime Smoothie

Watermelon and Mango are both summer special fruits and both are full of vitamins and minerals. Especially watermelon has 92% water which helps to maintain water level in body during hot summer days.

Health highlights of watermelon: though watermelon to be mostly water, it is full packed with lots of nutrition. It is also good for skin because it contains vitamin a lot. Due to more water and fiber content, helps to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

And in summer, kids have vacation season. So, main activates for kids is just PLAYING. If they ask for cool water or something to drink between their playing activates, this watermelon mint smoothie is best cooler for them.

Healthy Watermelon Mint Lime Smoothie

When kids, want to play, and you ask to watermelon slices as it is, they surely reject it. So to minimize their playing break, give a glass of watermelon mint smoothie, they never reject it. And get hydrated with good minerals and vitamin to enjoy vacation.

Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail with Lime – The Firecracker

After a three year battle with the builder of my home they finally had to accept the fact the I was not giving up or giving in on some issues and have finally started to manage them. Which means I’ve missed some Friday Cocktails and that is just wrong. Hopefully this Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail will make up for it!

My sod was originally put into place without actually prepping the clay underneath it and it’s left both a bumpy mess to walk on but also means a great deal of the water I pay for to keep it green simply rolls off underneath it.

Two weeks ago the sod was removed and the soiled prepped with organic matter and last week they started sod replacement on Friday. I felt I needed to watch the contractors like a hawk…so no cocktail but a repeat of one of my all time favorites.

This Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail is such a unique combination of flavors but the end result is beautiful and so tasty great for all of your summer holiday get to-gethers!

I moved into this house with a builder landscaped front yard and just grass and rock and more rock in the back yard and I thought I could handle it. I was wrong. I have completely redone the front yard, removing most of the plants deemed suitable by the company that does lot after lot after lot with the same look, and it’s getting there.

While I did replace all of the foundation plants (not sure who the landscape designer is but grass is NOT a foundation plant!), my biggest change has been to include a variety of landscape perennials along the front border.

I have worked unimaginably hard…getting the grass done will hopefully be the final piece and I can pat myself on the back and take a break for a bit. It’s time for a cocktail or two right?

Daisies, yarrow, purple speedwell and ever-blooming daylilies are starting to provide the mass of blooms I longed for.

I like perennials that not only last almost all summer but tolerate dry conditions they get a bit of water from the sprinklers watering the grass so I haven’t had to add them to my drip line which is perfect…color without using more water!

Still it’s hard work as every hole requires digging out heavy, compacted clay and replacing it with a planting mix before even considering taking the plant out of the pot. At the end of the day I’m tired and when I should be making a cocktail and taking photos…I’m sort of crashing.

The heat is here and my days of planting are almost over a couple of shrubs after the deck is in and I’m done for the season. Yes, once I’m done I will absolutely do a post with photos!

I was fortunate to have a bottle of Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka on hand it was sort of perfect for this Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail. Prairie has taken their corn-distilled vodka and added garden fresh cucumber flavor.

I liked the simplicity of this blend pretty straightforward without additional flavor notes. One reviewer said and it’s true, ‘A quiet recreation of cucumber sandwiches, hold the sandwiches.’

The thing about cucumber in a cocktail is that it’s not extraordinary but is at the same time. It’s adds a cool element, much like cucumbers do to a salad or sandwich. Not overwhelming or overpowering, nope just something almost indiscernible yet still so refreshing.

If you can’t find cucumber vodka, just add a couple of slices of cucumber when you muddle together the lime and watermelon that should do the job nicely.

This is so perfect one of those ultra refreshing cocktails that I think I need to have ready after a day of that gardening stuff…and today I do. So while I head out to get a second lavender bush in the ground you can start before me and be enjoying one of these in your own garden. It’s not just a beautiful look this is one damn fine cocktail.

This was supposed to just be a watermelon limeade post….but I apparently can’t stop putting booze in every drink I create. I suppose there are worse character flaws I could suffer from.

It was all going perfect for this “kid-friendly” post. Everything was photographed and wrapped up. And then there was 1/2 a bottle of Moscato sitting out from another recipe and our half empty glasses…so I just topped them off. Sometimes accidents are the best ideas yet.

This blending watermelon up and adding copious amounts of lime juice kick happens each summer, last year it was the Watermelon Lime Cocktail and ever since it’s gotten warm I can’t stop thinking about it. I got to thinking that it was such a good kids drink that it deserved it’s own post. The boys drink this stuff down in the summertime like it is going out of style.

It’s light and so refreshing and though you can sweeten it with a bit of honey or agave if you want, we love it in it’s simplicity and the boys have never once complained that it wasn’t sweet enough. They are delighted with their “fancy juice” and I’m happy they aren’t chugging down sugary soft drinks. Win-win.
It’s summer in a glass. Cheers!


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