Did you know you can make this watermelon juice recipe in just a few minutes, no juicer required? All you need is a blender for this refreshing, hydrating drink.
“I think I like watermelon juice more than actual watermelon.” That was Alex, after our first sip of watermelon juice out of the blender. And I have to say: I completely agree! Lately we’ve been making all sorts of cocktails using watermelon juice, like watermelon margaritas, gin cocktails, vodka drinks, and even watermelon mules. But what about drink straight watermelon juice? It’s seriously refreshing and full of vitamins and nutrients. And like Alex said, it tastes almost better than watermelon itself! At least, we think so.
We’ve been on a mission to find healthy drink alternatives to soda that still feel special. Anyone else feel the pain? Here’s how to make watermelon juice: it only takes a few minutes to make, and it’s a unique and super refreshing drink. Oh: and our toddler Larson was all about it! He gulped it up along with us.
How to make watermelon juice
Contrary to how it might seem, watermelon juice doesn’t even require a juicer! You can whip it up using a simple blender and a fine mesh strainer. And it comes together in minutes. The basic formula is that for every 1 cup of cubed watermelon, you’ll make 1/2 cup juice. You can use this ratio to determine the quantities of you’d like to make.
Here’s how to make watermelon juice:
- Place cubed, chilled watermelon in a blender.
- Blend until a liquid forms.
- Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container. The strainer will remove any particulates to get a more pure juice.
There are some schools of thought that believe you don’t need to strain the watermelon juice. But if you don’t strain it, within minutes it will start to separate and parts of the blended seeds will start to float to the top. Alex and I prefer a more uniform and pure watermelon juice, and we feel like the extra 1 minute to straining is well worth it!
Then, place it in a glass and enjoy! Another great addition would be fresh lime: stir in a squeeze of lime to taste and it adds a pleasant zing to the watermelon juice.
Another reason to drink watermelon water? Watermelon is full of health benefits. It has a lot of the antioxidant lycopene, which studies show could help curb your risk of cancer and diabetes as part of a healthy lifestyle. Interestingly, watermelon has more lycopene than any other veggie! It’s high in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. And it’s full of water, so it’s very hydrating. Plus, it’s very low calorie and naturally sweet. (Source WebMD: Health Benefits of Watermelon.) Basically, why not drink watermelon juice? It’s a fun way to add a unique spin to your everyday water drinking habit — which we know do you: right?
Looking for more watermelon recipes?
Outside of this watermelon juice, here are a few of our favorite recipes with this hydrating, juicy fruit (and many of them use this method as the first step!):
- Watermelon Salad with Feta & Cucumber
- Gazpacho with Watermelon
- Watermelon Smoothie
- Gin & Watermelon Cocktail
- Watermelon Mule
- Watermelon Vodka Drink
- Watermelon Cucumber Juice
- Watermelon Drink Ideas
More fancy water recipes
Looking for healthy drinks that taste amazing? Alex and I have been on a years-long quest to find drink alternatives to soda that are thirst quenching and healthy at the same time. We’ve also been trying to give up our La Croix habit. Outside of this watermelon drink, we have several infused water recipes that are beautiful and feel fancy, even though they take minutes to make. Here are all our infused waters:
- Fruit Infused Water Recipe
- Lemon Water Recipe
- Easy Mint Water Recipe
- Cucumber Lemon Water
- Lemon Herb Cucumber Water Recipe
This watermelon juice is…
Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and naturally sweet.Print
Did you know you can make a watermelon juice recipe in just a few minutes, no juicer required? All you need is a blender for this hydrating drink.
- 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon, chilled, plus more for small watermelon wedge garnishes
- 1 lime, optional
- Add the watermelon cubes to a blender and blend until a juice forms.
- Pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container.
- Pour into glasses. If desired, add a squeeze of lime juice to taste (optional). Garnish with watermelon wedges.
- Category: Drink
- Method: Blended
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Watermelon juice, Watermelon juice recipe
Looking for more drink recipes?
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Blackberry Margarita
- Gin Fizz Cocktail
- Best Moscow Mule Recipe
- Best Piña Coladas (or Virgin Piña Coladas)
- Basil Gimlet Recipe (or Classic Gin Gimlet)
- 4 Must-Try Gin Cocktails
- Best Blueberry Smoothie
- Blackberry Bourbon Smash (or Maple Bourbon Smash)
- Whiskey Smash Recipe
- Berry Vodka Smash
About the Authors
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 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.