Today, I’m showing you how to make a simple watermelon berry mint cooler – hydrating, refreshing and full of delicious berries and mint. I wasn’t sure that I would even bother with this post, since a watermelon cooler seems pretty trivial in comparison to what just happened in Orlando.
I’ve been grieving for the past two days – for the victims and their families, for the LGBTQ community, and for the slight social progress in the USA, which now seems completely lost. I spent the past few days reflecting a lot on how my thoughts are shaped as a parent. I feel a shit ton of compassion and heart ache, especially for those that just lost their children. I hope that I can teach my children to be strong, loving, supportive and open, but also alert and aware of those that are not. It’s going to be a long road from here, and I hope that we can all unite again and build ourselves back up after such a terrible display of hatred.
I ended up posting this recipe in hopes of bringing back a little bit of that summer time happiness (or distraction, whatever you need). It’s going to be the 4th of July before we know it, and watermelon drinks are the perfect party beverage for kids, since it’s naturally sweet. You could easily make this an “adult drink” by adding whatever type of alcohol you want, and a simple syrup. I try to avoid adding extra sugar if I can, so I left it with just the watermelon, berries, mint and sparkling water, but agave or honey would work well as a sweetener in this drink.
You’re basically going to blend about half of a watermelon in a food processor, and then strain the juice as the base for the cooler. I used a regular strainer over a bowl and a spoon to help push most of the liquid out, which really only takes a couple of minutes. Half of the watermelon was enough to make three separate coolers, about 6-8 ounces of fresh watermelon juice per glass. I then added sparkling water, fresh mint leaves, watermelon ice cubes, and fresh berries. The watermelon ice cubes are really easy to make, and you just need a regular ice-cube tray to do it! My ice-cube tray had enough molds to make 14 watermelon ice cubes. You just need to cut up enough small cubes of watermelon to fill your ice-cube tray and freeze it for about 20-30 minutes.