Watermelon Cooler {Miss July; Hot, Hot, Hot}

July 17, 2014

I don’t know about you, but the weather here in south central Mississippi has been hot and miserable. My husband and I used to enjoy sitting on our back porch during the summer months, watching the squirrels play on the trees in the backyard, but now that it’s so humid they seem more content to just stretch out on the tree branches and relax. LOL. (I really can’t blame them. Can you?)

A few days ago I was browsing Pinterest, and I came across this beverage recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. Since we have a local farmer’s market just down the road from our house, I decided to try it, and the whole family loved it, so I thought I would share it here with all of you. If you try it, let me know what you think about it. Enjoy!

WATERMELON COOLER

Ingredients:

3 cups coarsely chopped seeded watermelon

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves

2 cups white grape juice

1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel

3/4 cup fresh lime juice, chilled

32 ounce (4 cups) club soda, chilled

Fresh mint sprigs (optional)

Watermelon wedges or balls (optional)

Directions:

Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend until smooth. Strain watermelon puree through a fine mesh sieve; discard pulp.
In a large bowl combine sugar and mint. Using the back of a wooden spoon, lightly crush mint by pressing it against the side of the bowl. Add grape juice, lime peel, lime juice, and watermelon puree, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir in club soda. Serve in glasses over ice. If desired, garnish with mint sprigs and watermelon wedges or balls. Serve immediately. Makes 9 servings.

Nutrition Facts:

Per serving: 121 kcal cal., 31 mg sodium, 31 g carb., 1 g fiber, 28 g sugar, 1 g pro.

(Recipe courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens)

Stephanie

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