Watermelon Cooler

Watermelon Cooler

On a visit to Unity Farms in Riverside, California, we got ourselves an extra large and juicy watermelon. We ate a ton of it but there was simply soooo much. So what do you do with excess watermelon that you don't want to go bad? You make a delicious cocktail! Since watermelon is completely a seasonal fruit, it's best enjoyed as a frosty drink in the summer. You can keep it a virgin for kids and those not imbibing or add in some vodka to make it a tasty summer ade for the grown folks. 


  • Watermelon, cut into blender-friendly pieces

  • Splash of water

  • 1 lemon

  • Several sprigs of lemon basil (to taste)



You can also put some of the blended (virgin) mixture into a martini shaker with ice, shake, strain, and serve.


  1. Combine the ingredients in the blender on smoothie setting and blend until it’s not too pulpy or clumpy.

  2. Pour into a pitcher and let cool in the fridge. (If you prefer yours very smooth, you should strain the blended mixture before cooling).

  3. Optional: If you want to turn this tasty fruit drink into a yummy adult beverage, add 1 ounce of citrus-flavored vodka to the shaker and serve. Otherwise, serve chilled as is.