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.
8 cups (1/2-inch) watermelon cubes
1 1/2 cups ginger ale
1/3 cup water
1 (6-oz.) can frozen limeade concentrate
How to Make It
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.
This was very good, though I did change it a little. I didn't have time to freeze the watermelon so I added a bit of ice. I also had a bottle of limeade in the fridge instead of the concentrate so added a 1/2 cup of that for a half recipe. Turned out great and my daughter and husband really liked it as well.
Absolutely refreshing on a hot summer day! The ginger ale and watermelon is a great combination. We just made on a hot weekend day as a treat after doing yard work, but I would definitely make again for a bbq, especially for the kids. The little white seeds from the watermelon caused a little fuss from the kids, but worth it to get fruit into them!
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