There’s nothing better than a slice of juicy watermelon on a hot summer day. (It’s one of the foods that help your body stay as you snack.) But have you ever wanted to drink that precious juice at the bottom of the watermelon bowl? Here’s an easy watermelon juice recipe to keep your summer laid-back and cool.
Yesterday evening, I made a pitcher of sweet, refreshing watermelon juice to keep me while I packed up my house.
It took me back to San Pedro Island, where I sipped watermelon juice under the shade of a palm tree earlier this month.
We walked down the beach from Sun breeze, where we were staying, to Estel’s, where we enjoyed a leisurely, traditional Belizean breakfast scrambled eggs, refried black beans and fry jacks, complete with watermelon juice. It was a good start to a very good day.
How to Make Watermelon Juice
Watermelon juice couldn’t be easier to extract. You don’t need a fancy-schmancy juicer, just a blender.
Scoop the watermelon into the blender, blend for about thirty seconds, and ta da! You’ve made watermelon juice.
Taste your juice straight from the blender. If you like it as is, you don’t need to strain it.
If your watermelon had seeds in it, or you want your juice to be less pulpy, pour it through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher. Easy!
If your juice separates as it sits, give it a little whirl with a spoon. If you’re thinking about adding a splash of tequila or white rum… I can verify that that is indeed a good idea.
I thought my juice was perfectly sweet without any added sugar, but I added a squeeze of lime juice for that extra zing.
How Long Does Fresh Watermelon Juice Last?
It tastes best immediately after making it, but any leftover watermelon juice can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can also freeze watermelon juice for up to one month, but be sure to store it in a freezer-safe container and leave at least an inch at the top of the container to allow for the juice to expand as it freezes.
Watermelon Juice Recipe
Refreshing, naturally sweet watermelon juice couldn’t be easier to make in a blender. Yield will vary based on the size of your watermelon, but my 6.5-pound watermelon yielded about 5 cups of juice.
1 small sweet watermelon (a 6 pounder will do)
1 small lime, juiced (optional)
Slice the watermelon in half. Using a big spoon, scoop chunks of sweet watermelon into the blender. Discard the rind.
Blend the watermelon until it is totally pulverized. This shouldn’t take more than a minute. For extra flavor, squeeze the juice of one small lime into the blender and blend for a few seconds.
If your watermelon is notably pulpy or seeded, pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. If not, you can pour it directly into glasses filled with ice. Watermelon juice will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days. The juice will separate over time; stir it with a spoon to recombine.