With a rosy hue and bright, fresh flavor, this delicious Watermelon Juice is about to become your favorite summer drink! Made without any added sugar, this pure and refreshing fruit beverage is sure to quench your thirst on even the hottest of days.
Why You Will Love This Juice
Whether you're looking to revivify post-workout or need a kid-friendly drink for your family barbecue, this naturally sweet watermelon juice spiked with just a hint of fresh lime is the perfect solution.
When the weather is hot and sticky, finding cool ways to refresh your mind and body is of utmost importance. This restorative, 100% fruit juice drink is a fuss free way to hydrate on the sultriest of summer days.
This simple recipe requires just a few easy-to-find ingredients and takes just a couple of minutes to whip up. Next time you're thirsty, put down that artificially colored and flavored "sports drink" and make your own the way nature intended! I promise you'll be glad you did.
While you are welcome to customize this yummy summer drink with your own twist, I love that watermelon juice is so easy and straightforward. Nothing celebrates the clean, sweet flavor of fresh watermelon better than this simple juice.
Watermelon Juice Health Benefits
Aside from being mouthwateringly delicious, my simple recipe for pure watermelon juice is full of nutrients that are beneficial to your health.
- With high levels of lycopene and beta-carotene, this wondrous beverage may reduce blood pressure, risk of cancer, and "bad" cholesterol levels.
- This hydrating watermelon drink helps to increase arginine (amino acid) levels in your body which may boost the body burn fat, hence great for weight loss.
- Other studies indicate that watermelon may prevent inflammation, with some even linking it to lowering the incidence of Alzheimer's disease!
- In terms of being a post-workout beverage, you can't do much better than watermelon drink. Watermelon has also been linked to reduced muscle soreness and quicker heart rate recovery after exercise (Source).
- As if that weren't enough, watermelon is great for both your hair and nails as well as your skin. It can even help to ward off sunburn!!
When something tastes as good as this fresh summer drink does, you might not think it could possibly be good for you. However, as demonstrated above, this fresh juice of watermelon is brimming with health benefits AND flavor. What's not to love?!?
This invigorating beverage requires just a few ingredients: juicy watermelon, fresh lime, a pinch of black salt or regular salt and fresh mint. That's it!
Here's everything you'll need:
How to Make Watermelon Juice
Add cubed watermelon along with salt and lime juice to a high-speed blender jar and blend for 15 seconds or until smooth and frothy.
If your watermelon was with lot of pulp or with seeds, then pass the juice through fine mesh strainer. Since I used watermelon with almost no seeds, I had skipped this process.
Add few ice cubes and fresh mint in serving glasses, pour the prepared juice and serve. YUM!
If you want your juice to be extra fortifying, try adding some small watermelon chunks or balls to the glasses to serve. Having a little textural contrast is not only delightful, it also helps the person imbibing become more present and mindful while drinking.
FAQs + Storage and Freezing
Since watermelon is 92% water, the distinction between these two terms is non-existent.
Some people call the drink "watermelon water," but since there is still some pulp in it, I believe that "juice" is the more technically correct term.
Whatever you call it, though, one thing is certain: this drink is simply the best!
While I always recommend that you discuss diet goals with a certified healthcare professional, I think it will be safe to say that watermelon fruit juice can absolutely be a part of a healthy diet.
With just 92 calories per serving and the whole host of health benefits mentioned above, it seems quite clear that this is a nutritious beverage.
The best time to enjoy this fresh watermelon drink is during the day. I especially love having it for breakfast, but it is wonderful for sipping poolside, after your exercise routine or even in the late afternoon after a day in the sun.
Leftover juice will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Since there is a bit of pulp in the drink, it will have a tendency to settle while resting in the fridge. Simply stir the juice with a spoon and it'll be ready to drink!
Absolutely! I love freezing juice of watermelon into popsicle molds as an energizing afternoon snack, but it's also quite fun to freeze into ice cubes. Pop a few into a glass of seltzer for a lightly sweetened drink that is both cheaper and tastier than any of the canned versions on the market.
- First, since this is such a simple juice recipe, it is important to choose the best possible ingredients. Be sure to choose a watermelon that feels heavy for its size - this indicates that it will be extra juicy.
- You should also look for a creamy yellow looking field spot (where the watermelon rests on the ground); if it is white, the watermelon is too young. The skin should also look rather dull. If the skin is shiny, it was picked too early!
- Seedless watermelon works great for this recipe! Contrary to popular belief, seedless watermelon has been shown to be just as sweet and juicy as traditional watermelons. As an added bonus, you don't have to remove the seeds after juicing!
- For the best flavor, chill the watermelon prior to juicing. Just trust me - cold watermelon juice is far superior to tepid.
Watermelon juice in itself is so delicious and refreshing, but there's no harm in trying out some other juice combinations. Whether you opt to add other juices or try your hand at making mocktails with this summer drink, you're sure to enjoy them.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Mix and match your fruit juices to suit your tastes. Here are some great flavors to match with watermelon:
- Orange, lemon, grapefruit or pomelo
- Mixed Berries
- For an added dose of potassium, try adding coconut water.
- If you want to tone down the sweetness, try adding cucumber or lettuce to the juice while blending.
- For a bit of herbaceousness, add chopped fresh mint leaves or peeled ginger while blending.
- If you prefer a more floral drink, try combining it with rose syrup and dried petals, orange blossom water, or even hibiscus.
- To turn your watermelon drink into more of a mocktail, add some bubbles using club soda or sparkling mineral water.
- If you like a bit of texture and want some added protein, try adding chia seeds and/or sweet basil seeds (a teaspoonful of seeds per glass) to soak for about 30 minutes. They'll swell up and act as mini-boba!
However you serve this refreshing summer drink, I have a feeling you'll love it. If you come up with any must-try combinations, please let me know in the comments below!
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Watermelon Juice Recipe
- 4 cups Sweet Watermelon (cubed, deseeded and chilled)
- A pinch of Black Salt or Regular Salt
- 1 teaspoon Lime Juice
- Few Ice cubes and Fresh Mint for serving
- Add deseeded and cubed watermelon along with salt and lime juice to a high-speed blender jar and blend for 15 seconds or until smooth and frothy.
- If your watermelon was with lot of pulp or with seeds, then pass the juice through fine mesh strainer. Since it used watermelon with almost no seeds, I had skipped this process.
- Add few ice cubes and fresh mint in serving glasses, pour the prepared juice and serve.
- I love to adding small watermelon chunks or balls to the juice while serving, its tastes so good, having a little textural contrast makes it more delightful and refreshing.