watermelon smoothie/slush

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.


Watermelon Lime Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Category: beverage

Cuisine: American

one serving

watermelon smoothie/slush

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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

More Smoothies/Slushies and Cocktails

Banana Smoothie Recipe for One

Strawberry Basil Mojito with Lime

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).

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