BEVERAGE – WATERMELON STRAWBERRY COOLER
December 20, 2018
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For a refreshing summer drink, you can’t go past this watermelon and strawberry cooler. Bonus: you get to consume one of your daily fruit servings at the same time!

For a refreshing summer drink, you can’t go past this watermelon and strawberry cooler. Bonus: you get to consume one of your daily fruit servings at the same time!

Serve this delicious cool beverage to your guests when they arrive and send them straight into relaxation mode! It works just as well without the rum too, as a mocktail.

 

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For a refreshing summer drink, you can’t go past this watermelon and strawberry cooler. Bonus: you get to consume one of your daily fruit servings at the same time!

WATERMELON AND STRAWBERRY COOLER

Keyword: BEVERAGES
Difficulty: Easy
Ready In: 10 minutes
Serves: 8

For a refreshing summer drink, you can’t go past this watermelon and strawberry cooler. Bonus: you get to consume one of your daily fruit servings at the same time!

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Ingredients

WATERMELON AND STRAWBERRY COOLER

  • 600 g seedless watermelon flesh (1lb 5oz)
  • 8 large strawberries
  • 2 small handfuls mint leaves (10g)
  • 1 cup white rum (250ml) (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups chilled lemonade (500ml)
  • 2 cups chilled soda water (500ml

TO SERVE

  • Ice cubes
  • 8 slices fresh watermelon
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 8 reusable or paper straws (optional)

Instructions

  1. MAKE COCKTAIL BASE

    Add watermelon, hulled strawberries, mint, rum and lemon juice to a blender. Depending on the size of your blender, you may need to do this in two batches. Process until well blended. At this point you can strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove strawberry seeds and mint pieces, if you like.

  2. SERVE

    Divide mixture between individual glasses. Add a couple of ice cubes to each glass and top up with an equal mixture of lemonade and soda water. Stir gently to combine. Cut a slit in the top of each watermelon slice and arrange on the rim of each glass. Garnish with mint leaves and add straws, if using.

Recipe Notes

SPIRIT OPTIONS: Vodka or coconut rum (i.e. Malibu) are both good alternatives.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: This drink is naturally gluten-free.
INGREDIENT NOTES / SWAPS: You could use raspberries instead of strawberries. If you prefer a sweeter drink, use all lemonade. Alternatively, if you prefer less sweet drinks try just soda water instead. You can add a little caster sugar to the cocktail base if need be.
MAKE AHEAD: The cocktail base can be made a couple of hours in advance. Add the lemonade and soda water just before serving.
STORING: Drink it all up - this doesn’t keep for long!

 

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