Watermelon Cooler

Watermelon Cooler Recipe
Photo: Van Chaplin; Styling: Ashley Wyatt
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.

Yield:

Makes about 8 cups (serving size: 1 cup)

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Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Freeze: 8 Hours
Stand: 15 Minutes

Nutritional 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

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

Preparation

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.

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.

Per (1-cup) serving: Calories 118; Fat 0.3g (sat 0.1g, mono 0g, poly 0.1g); Protein 1g; Carb 30g; Fiber 1.4g; Chol 0mg; Iron 0.4mg; Sodium 36mg; Calc 15mg.

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.

Per (1-cup) serving: Calories 117; Fat 0.3g (sat 0.1g, mono 0g, poly 0.1g); Protein 1.4g; Carb 29g; Fiber 0.1g; Chol 0mg; Iron 0.5mg; Sodium 32mg; Calc 19mg.

Note:

June 2007
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