Who could ever imagine something as simple as puréeing fresh watermelon yields something so refreshing?
This might possibly be the simplest beverage recipe we’ve ever made. Ripe, seedless watermelon with fresh mint. That’s it. And after a busy week and dealing with this heat we need an easy way to quench our thirst.
Fresh precut watermelon is commonly found at most food markets but the flavor is sometimes a miss. I will say, if you live in Tarrant County, the North Richland Hills Farmer’s Market has precut watermelon that always hits the mark. But if you’re looking to purchase a whole fresh watermelon there are some of tricks to picking a ripe one.
My Grandmother was a “thumper”. If it sounded hollow when she thumped it with her thumb it was ripe. Her method never failed her. Watermelon, like most fruit, will feel heavy for its size when it’s ripe. Then turn the melon over – there should be a light yellow spot where the melon has rested on the ground.
Now some tips when cutting up the watermelon. Make sure your cutting board is secure and doesn’t slip around. Placing a kitchen towel underneath the board wil help keep it in place. Use a sturdy, sharp knife – a dull knife is actually more dangerous than a sharp one. You can cut it into thick slices and trim out the melon or you can cut off the ends, stand it up and carve the rind away from the fruit.
Serve this gorgeous watermelon juice chilled, straight up or over ice. Toss in an extra sprig of mint for garnish, kick back and relax – Enjoy the weekend!
For each batch:
6 cups cubed watermelon
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
Extra sprigs of mint for garnish
Place the watermelon in the canister of a Vitamix or blender along with the mint leaves.
Remove the cap from the lid and turn the machine on the lowest setting. Using the plunger, push the melon down into the blades until it begins to liquefy. Put the cap back into the lid and process using the “juice” or highest setting for about 2 minutes.
Refrigerate until well chilled. Makes 4 cups of juice. (One medium-sized watermelon will make about 3-4 batches of juice.)
Watermelon Juice, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock
This might possibly be the simplest beverage recipe you'll ever make! Who could ever imagine something as simple as puréeing fresh watermelon would yield something so refreshing?
- For each batch
- 6 cups cubed watermelon*
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- Extra cubed watermelon and mint sprigs for garnish
- *A medium-sized watermelon will make about 4 batches.
- Step 1 Place the watermelon in the canister of a Vitamix or blender along with the mint leaves. Remove the cap from the lid and turn the machine on using the lowest setting. Using the plunger, push the melon down into the blades until it begins to liquefy.
- Step 2 Replace the cap to the lid then process using the juice or highest setting for about 2 minutes.
- Step 3 Refrigerate until well chilled.