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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.

Recipe by Southern Living June 2007


Credit: Van Chaplin; Styling: Ashley Wyatt

Recipe Summary

30 mins
8 hrs
15 mins
8 hrs 45 mins
Makes about 8 cups (serving size: 1 cup)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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 3g (sat 1g, mono 0g, poly 1g); Protein 1g; Carb 30g; Fiber 4g; Chol 0mg; Iron 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 3g (sat 1g, mono 0g, poly 1g); Protein 4g; Carb 29g; Fiber 1g; Chol 0mg; Iron 5mg; Sodium 32mg; Calc 19mg.

Nutrition Facts

102 calories; fat 0.2g; mono fat 0.1g; poly fat 0.1g; protein 1g; carbohydrates 25.9g; fiber 0.7g; iron 0.5mg; sodium 7mg; calcium 15mg.