Watermelon-Cucumber CoolerPhoto Credit : Photo by Linda Campos, Styling by Chantal Lambeth, Anchor Artists (food), Korey Seney (props)
On hot summer days, why not take the two most traditionally cooling ingredients, watermelon and cucumber, and combine them with mint and lime juice to make an ultra-refreshing drink? The seltzer is a perfect finish, but you can also add a glug of vodka and call it a cocktail. For a slushy treat, freeze the watermelon chunks before blending.
2 ¼ pounds peeled watermelon, cut into large chunks
½ medium cucumber (6 ounces), peeled and cut into large chunks
1 ½ cups water
¼ cup granulated sugar
Juice of 2 limes
2 tablespoons packed fresh mint leaves
In a blender, combine the watermelon, cucumber, water, sugar, lime juice, and mint leaves. Blend on high until the mixture is very smooth and liquid. To serve, fill a cup three-quarters full with the watermelon mixture, then top with a splash of seltzer.