When it’s just too darn hot outside, a big slice of watermelon really hits the spot. The trouble is, you often end up with watermelon juice all over yourself (your face, your clothes, everywhere).
This watermelon slush solves the drippy watermelon problem. It’s sort of like a smoothie (and technically called a licuado), but without yogurt.
I could just drink these all day. It’s cool, refreshing, and really easy to make.
There’s just a few ingredients: watermelon, ice cubes, and lime. And, if you like, you get the added attraction of making it into an adult beverage with a shot of rum or vodka.
The original recipe called for a bit of sugar, but I found it was sweet enough without it. This way you get more watermelon flavor.
This watermelon slush is cool, refreshing and super-easy to make. Serve it with (or without) alcohol.
1 cup seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
1 cup ice (about 8 cubes)
2 ounces rum or vodka (optional)
1 slice lime
Add the watermelon, ice, and rum (if using) to the beaker of a stick blender. Mix thoroughly until ice is crushed and watermelon is puréed.
Pour into a tall glass and squeeze the lime into the drink. Then garnish the glass with the lime. Add a sprig of mint if you like.
Substitutions and Variations for Watermelon Slush
- make half and half mango and watermelon
- add a sprig of fresh mint (or basil)
- swap some of the watermelon for strawberries
- add half a banana
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Tools and Ingredients to Make a Watermelon Slush
Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender
This hand blender is the best! Use it to make smoothies, puree soup, salad dressing, milkshakes, applesauce, or dips. Just stick the blender in the pot or bowl, push the button, and blend. Unlike my last blender, this one has a detachable attachment. Just remove it to clean (without worrying about damaging the motor).
A strawberry basil mojito is cool, refreshing, and the perfect way to relax after a long, hot, summer day. Much as I love standard mojitos, this version is even better.
The berries add extra sweetness, the basil adds freshness (and the whole combination just shouts “summer!”). Then you get the added sweet-sour citrus punch from the lime.
I use minimal sugar, particularly in June, when the strawberries are at their peak, but you can add more if you like it sweeter, or if the strawberries aren’t sweet enough.
Coating the edge of the glass with sugar and lime juice transforms your everyday mojito cocktail into something that looks like you got it at an upscale restaurant.
Pour your strawberry mojito into a tall glass, slice yourself some cheese, put out some crackers and olives and you have a party for one. Then, close your eyes and pretend you’re lounging on a soft, white beach surrounded by palm trees. Ahhhhhh.
Strawberry Basil Mojito with Lime
A refreshing summer cocktail with strawberries, rum, lime, and basil.
1 T sugar (add more if you prefer sweeter drinks or if the berries need it)
2T white rum
2-3 fresh basil leaves
pinch of salt
Run the edge of the fresh lime over a cocktail glass.
Pour the sugar into a shallow dish, turn the glass over and coat the edge with sugar.
Set the glass aside.
If you have a stick blender, add strawberries, rum, the remaining sugar from the dish, seltzer, lime juice, and salt to the beaker. If not, use a standard blender.
Blend everything together.
Pour into a cocktail glass and add ice.
If you want to be extra fancy, crush the ice in the stick blender before you add it. Stir it all up and you have an strawberry slushie for adults.
If you don't have strawberries, or just want some variety, you could use blueberries or raspberries instead of strawberries.
If you have more strawberries, use them to make strawberry spinach salad with balsamic dressing and feta cheese.
Ingredients and Tools for This Recipe
Cuisinart Smart Stick 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender
Use this to make your mojito, for smoothies, to make salad dressing, to puree soups, or for milkshakes. The cleanup is minimal (just push a button and remove the part with the blades). It comes in lots of colors, so you can get one to match your kitchen.
A banana smoothie certainly isn’t a complete meal, but this recipe makes a delicious, refreshing drink. It’s perfect with a crisp strawberry and spinach salad on a hot day (yes, we’re back to summer again).
The nice thing about smoothies is that they’re easy and quick to make. It’s also a good way to use up extra bananas. The bunches of bananas look so good in the store, but you get them home, eat a few, and then watch the rest turn brown if you don’t eat them quickly enough. In the winter, I make banana bread, but in the summer I really don’t want to run the oven that long.
So, I make smoothies instead. This time I just used banana, but you could add strawberries or blueberries (it will turn purply though) if you want to.
Sometimes, I take the extra bananas, peel them, and pop them in a bag in the freezer. When you want a quick smoothie, just take out a frozen banana (and reduce the ice in the recipe a bit).
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This lemon mango banana yogurt recipe isn’t mine, but I’ve tried it and it’s delicious. One thing, since I don’t have a food processor (only a mini-chopper), blending the frozen banana is a bit tough. So I did it the other way around (blend first, then freeze).