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Clean and simple, it just takes a blender to whip up this DIY watermelon juice. You can enjoy this refreshing drink with no added sugar on its own, or jazz it up with one of our variations (see below).

Source: EatingWell.com, February 2020


Recipe Summary

10 mins
10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cut watermelon in half. Using a large spoon, scoop out and reserve the pink flesh (you will have about 8 cups). Discard rind.

  • Process the watermelon and lime juice in a blender (in batches if necessary) until smooth and frothy, about 30 seconds.

  • Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher, pressing with a spoon to release juices. Discard solids. Pour the juice into 4 ice-filled glasses.


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate juice for up to 4 days. Stir before serving.


Spicy Watermelon Juice: Cut 2 serrano peppers in half; muddle (seeds included) in a small pitcher until a chunky paste forms. Stir in watermelon juice; let stand for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. Combine 2 Tbsp. kosher salt and 1 Tbsp. chili powder on a small plate. Run a lime wedge around rims of 4 glasses; dip the rims into the salt mixture, rolling them around to coat. Fill the glasses with ice. Pour the juice mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into the glasses. Discard solids. Garnish the glasses with lime wedges and sliced serrano.

Watermelon Lemonade: Combine 2 cups cold water, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice in a large pitcher; stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add watermelon juice; stir to mix. Pour the mixture into 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh mint.

Watermelon Margarita: Combine 1 cup watermelon juice, 1/3 cup silver tequila and 1/4 cup fresh orange juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice; cover and shake vigorously to mix. Place 2 Tbsp. kosher salt on a small plate. Run a lime wedge around rims of 2 glasses; dip the rims into the salt, rolling them around to coat. Fill the glasses with ice. Strain the juice mixture into the glasses. Garnish with lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts

1 1/4 cups
208 calories; protein 4.2g; carbohydrates 52.6g; dietary fiber 2.8g; sugars 42.4g; fat 1g; saturated fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 3879IU; vitamin c 59.7mg; folate 21.9mcg; calcium 49.7mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 69.3mg; potassium 779.7mg; sodium 7.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg.