Easy Watermelon Juice

Here’s how to make watermelon juice in a blender! It’s hydrating, full nutrients, and easy to make at home…no juicer required.

Watermelon juice

Got a blender? Got a watermelon? Great: let’s make watermelon juice! Watermelon juice is a tasty way to hydrate. Instead of plain old water, it’s full of nutrients too! You get all the benefits of watermelon from this tasty juice. Drink it straight up, or use it to make one of our watermelon cocktails (see the full list below). You don’t even need a fancy juicer: a blender does the trick! Let’s get juicing.

What you need for watermelon juice

Watermelon juice is so easy to make: you barely need anything outside of the melon itself! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Blender: No need for a fancy juicer. All you need is a blender! Of course, a powerful blender is best (or high speed), but it works with anything. You can also use a juicer if you have one.
  • Watermelon: Make sure it is ripe! There’s nothing worse than an unripe watermelon that tastes flat and tart. See the section below on how to find a ripe watermelon. The natural sweetness is what makes the beautiful flavor in this juice.
  • Lime (optional): Add a hint of lime to give more complexity and tang. This is our preference, but it’s not needed (especially if you’re using it for cocktails…).
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Finding a ripe watermelon

For any of our watermelon recipes, a ripe watermelon is key. It’s what provides the natural sweetness, so it’s got to be at its peak. Here are a few tips for picking out a ripe watermelon:

  • Buy it during watermelon season. Buy a watermelon out of season and you risk it being unripe. Watermelon are best when they’re in season.
  • Look for the field spot. To make sure you get ruby red, sweet flesh inside, look for a lighter spot where the watermelon rested in the field: it’s called a field spot. If the field spot is white, it’s unripe: if the spot is yellow, it’s ripe.

How to make watermelon juice: basic idea

The basic idea of watermelon juice is simply: blend and strain! Unlike other juices, you don’t need to add water or any other ingredients. Here’s what to do:

  • Blend any quantity of cubed watermelon in a blender until a juice forms.
  • Strain out the particulates using a fine-mesh strainer. Some people say you don’t need to strain, but we prefer not having floaties in our drink.
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Watermelon juice variations: flavor add-ins!

Want to add some interesting flavors? You can add some other ingredients to your juice to add nuance in flavor. Here are a few other ideas to liven up your basic watermelon juice:

  • Cucumber: Add 1/2 cup roughly chopped cucumber (see this recipe).
  • Basil: Add a few fresh basil leaves to the blender.
  • Mint. Add a few mint leaves to the blender.
  • Pineapple: Add 1/2 cup chopped fresh or canned pineapple. (You’ll get a larger yield with this addition).
  • Mango: Add 1/2 cup chopped fresh or frozen thawed mango. (You’ll get a larger yield with this addition).

Ways to use watermelon juice: cocktails!

Another way to use watermelon juice? In cocktails! Here are a few watermelon drink recipes that use watermelon juice:

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Benefits of watermelon

Why drink watermelon juice? Well, it’s way more fun than drinking water! It’s refreshing, hydrating, and you get all the benefits of watermelon. Here are a few highlights of the health benefits of watermelon, according to Healthline:

  • Low in calories vs other fruits: 1 cup has 46 calories
  • High in nutrients, especially carotenoids and vitamin C
  • Has heart-healthy & eye health components, like lycopene

This watermelon juice recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Watermelon juice

Easy Watermelon Juice (in a Blender!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make watermelon juice in a blender! It’s hydrating, full nutrients, and easy to make at home…no juicer required.


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Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon, chilled, plus more for small watermelon wedge garnishes
  • 1 lime, optional

Instructions

  1. Add the watermelon cubes to a blender and blend until a juice forms.
  2. Pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container.
  3. Pour into glasses. If desired, add a squeeze of lime juice to taste (optional). Garnish with watermelon wedges.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Juice

Keywords: Watermelon juice, How to make watermelon juice

More with watermelon

When it’s watermelon season, you gotta eat (and drink) it all day! Here are a few more watermelon recipes to use up more of that melon:

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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