Photo: Van Chaplin; Styling: Ashley Wyatt
Prep Time
30 Mins
Freeze Time
8 Hours
Stand Time
15 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

shelby61's Review

July 31, 2012
Looks delicious, what is the glass rimmed with?

Trishia64's Review

July 11, 2010
This little concoction is outstanding! Icy, not-too-sweet and delicious. My kids beg me to make it.

saracat's Review

July 05, 2010
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.

NCfloridians's Review

June 06, 2010
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!