Watermelon Cooler

This was a delicious and refreshing drink. I doubled the recipe for my recent party and it all got drank up! Even though Summer is coming to a close, it’s not too late to enjoy your watermelon in a whole new way.

Watermelon Cooler

6 cups chopped seedless (or de-seeded) watermelon*

3/4 cup sugar

Mint leaves

2 cups white grape juice

1 tsp finely grated lime peel

3/4 cup fresh lime juice

32 oz (4 cups) club soda

Place watermelon in food processor or blender and puree. I first used my hands to crush the fruit up some and then finished it off in the blender until smooth. I had to add a small amount of grape juice to help get the blender going.  Strain pulp through a sieve and discard the pulp.

*Your goal is 3 cups of liquid watermelon juice.

Add grape juice, club soda, sugar, lime peel and lime juice and mix well. The sugar will dissolve over time; The sugar will mix in easily after a chilling period in the fridge. Lightly crush the mint leaves in your hand as you add them to the pitcher. Strain them out before serving, or if using a pitcher with a lid you can leave them in. Most of the leaves will be caught in the spout anyway.

Chill no more than an hour or so. Cooler should be served as immediate as possible. (If you are serving it immediately then it helps to have the lime juice and club soda already chilled.)

Enjoy!

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