Why go out of your way to buy one at the store when making homemade watermelon juice is so simple and easy? Head to the farmers' market and pick out a melon, whip out the blender, and turn this fleshy fruit into a delightfully smooth beverage. Drink it straight up, enjoy it was sparkling water or a zest of citrus, or even blend it with some booze. Either way, you're sure to be ultra quenched and hydrated.
Watermelon Juice
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When it comes to the quintessential flavors of summer, there’s none quite like the refreshing, sweet flavor of a crisp slice of watermelon. Think about it—is there any other fruit you’d rather sink your teeth into on a hot afternoon in July? No, there is not and that is a fact! And just when you thought that chomping on the flesh of this delightfully red-pink fruit was as revitalizing and invigorating as it gets, along came watermelon juice. If you’re a traditionalist and have only had watermelon in the wholesome form, I cannot emphasis enough just how delightful a sip of watermelon juice is—that stuff will just barely touch your lips before your entire body feels a stimulating burst of energy and hydration. You’re practically a new person after throwing back a full glass.

While it’s pretty easy to find this sweet, sweet nectar of the summer fruit gods in bottles on the shelves of your local grocery store, it’s also super easy to make it at home. Crack open that juicy melon of yours that you so laboriously muscled home from the supermarket (did you pick the perfect one?), and toss the flesh in a blender or food processor, pulsing until it’s smooth and liquidy. You can add lime juice for a kick of zesty flavor, raw sugar for a boost of added sweetness, or leave the mixture as is, pure and simple. Regardless of whether or not you decide to throw in some extra additions, your next step is to run the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to extract only the liquid. Press the solids in the strainer with the back of a spoon to make sure you get every last drop of juice.

Watermelon-Mint Margarita
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If I haven’t sold you enough on the sheer ease and thirst-quenching abilities of this drink, let’s go over the basics as to why this is about to become your new fruit juice of choice. For one thing, it’s a great way to stay hydrated. Loaded with important electrolytes, nutrients, and antioxidants, watermelon juice is a great beverage to sip on when you seriously owe your health a favor.

Speaking of treating your body like a temple, on mornings after a long night of boozing, this stuff is sure to come to your aid. On top of that, if you’re smart enough to take preventative measures during your next encounter with alcohol, you can use watermelon juice as a refreshing and tasty mixer to help balance the dehydrating effects of booze. I don’t know about you, but that definitely calls for another round of watermelon margaritas in my book.

By Sara Tane and Sara Tane