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Watermelon Juice and Recipes

Updated on August 5, 2012
4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Watermelon Juice

I love lightly sweet, cooling drinks in the summer, but I'm not a fan of boring, store-bought juices or cloyingly over-sweetened juice drinks. So I decided to make my own!

Reader, meet Watermelon Juice. A cup of this juice is surprisingly satisfying without added sugar, and guess what... it's healthful in the bargain!

Two ingredients: watermelon and ice!
Two ingredients: watermelon and ice! | Source

Ingredients

  • Fresh watermelon, scooped out or cut up (1 to 1.5 cup per person)
  • Cocktail ice or crushed ice, 1 to 1.5 cup per person
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 5 min
Yields: 1.5 cups of watermelon equals a scant cup of juice
Either puree in a blender or press through a strainer (pictured here).
Either puree in a blender or press through a strainer (pictured here). | Source
I jury-rigged a strainer with a clean plastic container inside, then pressed with both hands to extract the juice.
I jury-rigged a strainer with a clean plastic container inside, then pressed with both hands to extract the juice. | Source
Pressed watermelon juice.  Just look at that natural pinkness!
Pressed watermelon juice. Just look at that natural pinkness! | Source

How to Make Watermelon Juice (Two Ways: Frothy or Strained)

  1. For frothy watermelon juice, follow these blender directions: Add cut up watermelon to a blender, and make sure you have enough juice in the bottom so the blender starts up without trouble. Press the appropriate button on your blender to whip it... I used "liquefy", but your blender may have "puree", "blend", or simply "on". The fruit is so soft that it will not take a long time to extract all the yummy watermelon goodness.
  2. Alternatively, strain the fruit for a clearer-looking drink. Place the scooped watermelon into a strainer (choose a mesh strainer or a pasta strainer -- I used a pasta strainer) and press through with the back of a spoon or a clean bowl (I used an empty plastic container). Yes, this method may be more labor-intensive, but it's ideal for working out stress. Parents, why not make your kids a nice glass of pressed watermelon juice, alone? If you want, use gloves and squeeze it in your hands directly. But don't throw the remains away! Personally, I like eating the squeezed watermelon with yogurt for breakfast the next day.
  3. After your have made your juice, it's time to taste the fruit of your labors! Fill a tall glass with ice, add the juice, and serve with a straw. Enjoy!
Frothy watermelon juice on the left and strained watermelon juice on the right. The polka dots are on the glass, not seeds!
Frothy watermelon juice on the left and strained watermelon juice on the right. The polka dots are on the glass, not seeds! | Source
Frothy juice on the top and strained juice underneath. They both taste great, but the two ways provide different visuals.
Frothy juice on the top and strained juice underneath. They both taste great, but the two ways provide different visuals. | Source

Other Uses for Watermelon Juice

If you like the taste of watermelon but want to mix it up, here are other equally delicious options:

Some more juice ideas (and great for kids!) are to:

  • Add several frozen strawberries or blackberries and blend
  • Add a handful of shredded carrot and blend
  • Add 1/4 cup apple juice to the pressed juice for a surprise twist
  • A little lime juice adds tartness

For adults, try these:

  • Blend with sweet herbs like mint or savory herbs like tarragon
  • Rim the glass with salt for salty watermelon juice (It tastes better than it sounds!)
  • Freeze in ice cube trays and add to your favorite iced tea
  • Add some apple juice, freeze, and scrape for a refreshing watermelon apple granita
  • Blend with chilled vodka or light rum for a cooling alcoholic version.

Watermelon Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: About a cup of juice
Calories 70
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Watermelon's Nutritional Benefits

Searching for the perfect vitamin A and vitamin C feel-good treat? Look no further than your friendly neighborhood watermelon! 2 cups of this cooling fruit provides 20% and 25% of an adult's recommended daily values, respectively.

Watermelon also contains B-6, which humans use to produce the brain chemicals dopamine and serotonin. You may have heard of these neurotransmitters -- they help alleviate mild symptoms of depression.

Other minerals and compounds found in watermelon are lycopene and potassium. Lycopene (suggested by the reddish color) has anti-cancer properties and 1.5 cups of this fruit contains 13.63 mg of lycopene. Potassium regulates fluids and minerals in the body, and can help keep one's blood pressure from becoming too high. Two cups of watermelon contains approximately 120 mg of potassium (about 9% of an adults' daily requirement).

Watermelon is also loaded with fiber, which helps move things along on their way out of your body. It helps to make you feel full. All in all, watermelon is rated highly for its numerous health benefits... and the way it tastes is nothing to sneeze at, either.

Cost of Fresh Juice Vs. Bottled

Another benefit of fresh watermelon juice is its cost. Consider ordinary bottled juice or "juice drink" at 64 ounces for about $3.00. Specialty juices can cost upwards of $5.00 for half the amount or less.

One large watermelon costs about $6.00 and half the fruit can yield approximately the same 64 ounces of juice, with no added sweetener or preservatives!

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    • theclevercat profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Vega 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi, Jason! Great to hear that you two enjoyed the hub. Thanks for stopping by, and commenting!

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      Jason F Marovich 

      5 years ago from Detroit

      Watermelon juice is a tasty refreshment all year round, but your watermelon juice and ice offering looks especially inviting on a hot day. My wife and I both enjoyed this article.

    • theclevercat profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Vega 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi, teaches! Thanks so much for the compliments! This juice is really refreshing and I bet you'll love it! Let me know. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I heard somewhere that watermelon is one of the most healthiest fruits that you can eat. I love this hub post idea. I just passed up buying one this week, but I am going to pick one up next time out and try one of these refreshing drinks. Good video also!

    • theclevercat profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Vega 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hiya, Rachael! Thank you so much for the compliment! :^D

    • theclevercat profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Vega 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi, Cristale! Thanks so much for commenting!

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      Rachael 

      5 years ago

      Clevercat, you always know how to mix it up!

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      Cristale Adams 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Glad to know that the juice is also great and healthy also. Thanks for the great information and tips.

    • theclevercat profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachel Vega 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi, Teresa! Thanks for stopping by - I'd love to know if you end up trying the juice... if you like eating watermelon, you will be pleasantly surprised at drinking it! :^)

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      Teresa Coppens 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We just had watermelon last night with company. I had not thought of making a drink out of this popular summer fruit. Definitely a must try. Love your layout and the video was a great touch!

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