Frozen watermelon is a special treat on a hot day. Learn how to turn that treat into a drink that everyone will love. Plus tips on how to freeze watermelon.
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Watermelon is the quintessential summer food. It will fill you up and cool you down, plus it’s portable! There’s nothing quite like biting into a wedge of this melon on a hot day.
There are so many ways you can enjoy watermelon, including frozen! This is such an easy way to cool down even more. Then you can turn that icy melon into a delicious drink.
How to freeze watermelon
To get started, chop up a seedless watermelon into chunks. Then lay a piece of parchment paper onto a large baking tray. Arrange the watermelon in a single layer on the tray and pop it, uncovered, in the freezer for 2 hours.
Make sure the pan you are using will fit into the freezer and lay flat. Adjust the size of the pan if needed, you can use multiple smaller pans to make this work in a small or narrow freezer.
Large chunks will take longer to freeze, stick to pieces roughly 1 inch in size.
After 2 hours in the freezer, you will have delicious frozen watermelon that you can still bite into. It’s a cooling treat you can eat at any time.
Leaving it in the freezer for longer than 2 hours won’t hurt the melon, but it will become more solid. You’ll just want to let it sit out for a while before eating it.
How to store frozen watermelon. After 2 hours in the freezer, if you are not going to use it right away, transfer the chunks to an airtight storage container and put it back in the freezer.
When storing frozen fruit it’s best to freeze it first in a single layer, then move it to a zip bag or container. This ensures the fruit will not clump together. This works well for bananas and other fruit you might want to blend into drinks.
Silicone bags like these are great storing frozen watermelon and other fruit in serving size qualtities. They seal out freezer burn and fit nicely into a tight space.
Watermelon is aptly named because it contains mostly water, this is why it’s such a great summer treat. There are so many options for watermelon drinks with or without alcohol.
The recipe below is for a non-alcoholic watermelon slushie, but I share some tips for adding alcohol.
A few other watermelon drinks for summer
When choosing a watermelon for drinks, opt for a seedless variety. You will be able to blend up all the pieces without the need to strain away any seeds.
For some drinks, like those listed above, straining is still necessary to achieve a smoother taste. However, for a blended drink like this one, it’s best to start with a seedless variety.
Frozen watermelon can be blended with juice and alcohol to create a daiquiri or slushie.
For a non-alcoholic watermelon drink, use this ingredient list.
Frozen watermelon, about 4 cups. This will create roughly 2 cups of blended melon. Freeze and blend an entire watermelon to make a pitcher of drinks for a large group.
Orange Juice watermelon is sweet and complemented by citrus. Combining too many sweet juices will be overwhelming, opt for orange juice as the main mixer in this drink.
Lime juice a small amount of lime juice will balance the sweetness.
Simple Syrup the amount here is up to you. If your watermelon is a little underripe you may need up to 2 tablespoons. Or none at all if it’s perfectly ripe. Simple syrup is sugar and water that you can make yourself or purchase premade.
If you want to make a cocktail, add a light rum or coconut rum that will blend well with the above flavors.
Choosing a blender
A good blender is a necessity in the kitchen, especially if you intend on making a lot of drinks. From smoothies to slushies and margaritas you will need a machine that can easily crush ice and blend ingredients into a smooth and delicious drink.
The Nutri Ninja blender is well suited for making all kinds of drinks. It has a smoothie setting and a multi-level blade that will combine all ingredients and crush every frozen bit in the mixture.
Watermelon isn’t difficult to blend and will work in just about any blender. If you’ve ever been frustrated while pureeing or crushing ice I highly recommend investing in a Nutri Ninja.
Are you ready to make a frozen watermelon drink this summer? Be sure to pin and share this recipe.
- 4 cups frozen seedless watermelon
- 4 oz orange juice
- 2 oz lime juice
- 1 Tbsp simple syrup
- Chop up a watermelon into 1 inch chunks.
- Lay chunks on a parchment lined baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours
- Add frozen watermelon, orange juice, lime juice and simple syrup to a blender.
- Blend for 15 seconds or until smooth.
- Pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.
Frozen watermelon cocktail
4 cups frozen watermelon, 4 oz light rum, 2 oz orange juice, 2 oz lime juice, 1 TBSP simple syrup.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g