watermelon cooler

 watermelon cooler 

Freezing the watermelon before blending makes this drink thicker, similar to an agua fresca. It’s a refreshing summertime sipper and perfect for everyone to enjoy. For an adult version, add vodka or tequila.

  • Mint simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, plus extra for garnish
     
  • 6 cups seeded and cubed watermelon (about 1/4 of a medium watermelon)
  • Juice from 2 lemons or limes
  • 1/2-1 cup water
  1. Make simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, and mint. Simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Remove and discard mint. Refrigerate syrup until ready to use.
  2. Place watermelon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Place in freezer until frozen, about 2 hours.
  3. Place frozen watermelon in a blender along with mint simple syrup and lemon or lime juice. Blend until smooth and thick. Divide among serving glasses, garnish with mint, and serve.

Serves 4.

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