Watermelon Slush

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.

Ahhhhh.




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

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).

More Smoothies/Slushies and Cocktails

banana smoothie for oneBanana Smoothie Recipe for One

Got overripe bananas? They make great smoothies. This one has nutmeg, cinnamon, and yogurt. Easy, healthy, and refreshing too.

 

strawberry basil mojito

Strawberry Basil Mojito with Lime

For the adults in the room (that’s us), try this wonderful summer quencher. It’s a twist on the usual mojito. This one has strawberries in it (peach would be good too).

 




Banana Smoothie Recipe for One

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).

Or, take your banana and drizzle it with chocolate syrup.  Instant dessert!




More Fruit Recipes and Cocktails

watermelon smoothie/slushWatermelon Slush

Cool, refreshing, and just perfect for blistering hot days.  All you have to do is get out your blender (or blender stick), pop in some melon, ice, and lime, and go.

 

cinnamon sugar bananasCinnamon Sugar Bananas with Brandy

An easy dessert that’s great all year round. And it only takes a few minutes to make.

 

strawberry basil mojitoStrawberry Basil Mojito with Lime

Just the thing after a long, hot day.  Get the full flavor of summer berries, plus a refreshing rum kick.  Or, make it a mocktail with club soda.  This will also work with other berries.

mango cottage cheese and honey

Cottage Cheese Yogurt and Fruit

A meal without cooking (that takes under 5 minutes to prepare).  Perfect when it’s too hot to do just about anything.