Monday, September 2, 2013

COOKING: Watermelon & Coconut Water Cooler


I'm currently drowning in a refrigerator full of farm fresh produce courtesy of my brother, a local farmer. I know, there are much worse things. I am very appreciative to have access to delicious, brightly-colored edibles that I know were grown sans-chemicals a few towns away by the very same guy who used to delight in destroying my beloved Jonathan Taylor Thomas posters. The only hitch is finding enough ways to use up everything before it goes bad, which is why I'm on day five of inventive cucumber salads (so far a basic feta and balsamic mix is the winner).

I'm trying lots of new things, so I wanted to create a simple watermelon drink with stuff I had on hand. I hesitate to call this a "recipe" because it's basically a drawn out set of instructions telling you to put a few things in a blender and push a button, but bear with me, okay?

WHAT YOU NEED
Watermelon  //  Coconut Water  //  Lime Juice  //  Ice  //  Blender

HOW TO MAKE IT
Cube the watermelon and add about 3 cups of it to your blender.
Honestly, when was the last time you saw black seeds in a watermelon?! Pretty much everything from the grocery store has been modified to lose unsightly elements like these, which is really weird to think about.

Add about 1 cup of coconut water to the blender. FYI, Trader Joe's now makes their own coconut water which is pretty delish and pretty cheap, at least in the world of coconut water, which means it's still kind of expensive for the amount you get (mine was $2.99 for 33 oz/1L).

Add a healthy squeeze of lime juice, depending on how much you like, which in my case is QUITE A BIT, THANK YOU. You can obviously also use a real lime which is the better option, but alas I was uncharacteristically lime-less this afternoon. I'm working through it.

Add the ice and blend, baby, blend! 

Enjoy with a color coordinated straw and a sliced watermelon wedge, which is what everyone does naturally and definitely not just because they're taking pictures of their drinks to put on the internet.

It even looks cheerful perched atop my ancient radiator!
The flavor is very distinctly watermelon, but the coconut water is pronounced, as well. That's great unless you don't like coconut water, which it seems plenty of people do not. Well, I do, but if you aren't feeling it, sub in fruit juice or even just more watermelon.

What blender drinks are you mixing lately? Are you still into summer drinks like these or are you like everyone else on my Facebook feed who is losing their minds over the reintroduction of pumpkin drinks already? Doesn't it seem kind of fun to drink a watermelon? (p.s. it is!)


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24 comments:

  1. This just may possibly convince me to drink coconut water. Haha I'm not a big coconut person but I love watermelon. Great recipe!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. Thanks! I love coconut, but I think you could enjoy coconut water even if you didn't. It has a distinct flavor, but is surprisingly not that coconut-y tasting (at least to me). xo

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  2. That drink looks so refreshing and delicious.

    xo erica

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    1. Thank you! It is SO refreshing and super hydrating. xo

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  3. Yummy!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  4. Wow! This sounds delicious! Hugs from Cali! xx The Golden Girls

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  5. That looks so good! I think I'll try making this myself! <3

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Super cute blog btw.

    :)

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    1. Thank you - you definitely should try it! xo

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  6. This looks delicious! I love watermelon and coconut water so this will definitely be on my to-do list as of today. Lovely site you've got, btw!

    http://chictrends.co.uk/ x

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    1. Thanks - I hope you enjoy the drink if you try it out! xo

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  7. That sounds so simple, delicious, and most importantly - refreshing! It's still hot as balls in New Orleans, so I may have to find some end of summer watermelon for this one...

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    1. Yes, it is SO refreshing! It's getting cooler in New England, but the humidity is insane this week so this drink has been my best friend! xo

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  8. wow this looks so easy and yummy :)

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  9. Delicious and so healthy for you. Thanks for posting the recipe and how to do. And feel free to drop by me too anytime.

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    1. No problem! And it was extremely delicious! xo

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  10. This is so fab and sounds so good! Thanks for sharing, and your blog is awesome! Would you like to follow each other? Swing by and let me know dear! xx Pip
    Easy Outfits by Pip

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    1. Thank you so much! Following you on Blogger! xo

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