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Watermelon Cooler

Photo: Van Chaplin; Styling: Ashley Wyatt
Prep time 30 mins
Freeze time 8 hrs
Stand time 15 mins
Yield Makes about 8 cups (serving size: 1 cup)
Seasonality is an important factor for this drink because ripe watermelon offers the sweetest flavor. Our panel suggested adding more ginger ale and blending it just a bit more to make it supremely slushy. Sub cantaloupe or honey dew for a fun flavor twist.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups (1/2-inch) watermelon cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups ginger ale
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 (6-oz.) can frozen limeade concentrate

Nutrition Information

  • calories 102
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 0.2 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.1 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 1 g
  • carbohydrate 25.9 g
  • fiber 0.7 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 7 mg
  • calcium 15 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place watermelon cubes in a single layer in an extra-large zip-top plastic freezer bag, and freeze 8 hours. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes.

  2. Process half each of watermelon, ginger ale, water, and limeade concentrate in a blender until smooth; pour mixture into a pitcher. Repeat procedure with remaining half of ingredients; stir into pitcher, and serve immediately.

  3. Honeydew Cooler: Substitute 8 cups (1/2-inch) honeydew melon cubes for watermelon cubes and 1 (6-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate for limeade concentrate; proceed as directed.

  4. Per (1-cup) serving: Calories 118; Fat 3g (sat 1g, mono 0g, poly 1g); Protein 1g; Carb 30g; Fiber 4g; Chol 0mg; Iron 4mg; Sodium 36mg; Calc 15mg.

  5. Cantaloupe Cooler: Substitute 8 cups (1/2-inch) cantaloupe cubes for watermelon, and add 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger to mixture in blender. Proceed as directed.

  6. Per (1-cup) serving: Calories 117; Fat 3g (sat 1g, mono 0g, poly 1g); Protein 4g; Carb 29g; Fiber 1g; Chol 0mg; Iron 5mg; Sodium 32mg; Calc 19mg.