I posted this on Instagram last week and have been surprised by its popularity. The color is entrancing and the taste is like pure summer. Can summer have a flavor? If so—this Watermelon Cooler is it.

5-minute Watermelon Cooler

Picking out a good watermelon is like hoping you get the gooey caramel-filled truffle in a box of chocolates. They all look the same. And sometimes you end up with the marzipan filling.

And that was the case with this watermelon. It wasn’t sweet and juicy, but a bit mealy. Turns out, that is the best kind of watermelon for juicing.

I have since learned to look for one that has a large discolored and slightly yellow spot on one side. This means that the watermelon was sitting on the ground ripening for a longer period of time. But it shouldn’t be squishy or soft.

Anyways, if you get a dud watermelon that isn’t the best tasting to eat on it’s own, blend it up like this.

Also, I made this in the middle of the afternoon. But I am so not opposed to splashing in some vodka or gin. Or even dress it up with some club soda or sparkling water to add some bubbles.

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5-Minute Watermelon Cooler

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

5-Minute Watermelon Cooler


  • 1 cup cubed cold watermelon, rind and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Place the watermelon and lime juice in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher. Serve over ice. *Keep the watermelon cubes in the refrigerator until you are ready to blend. It tastes much better cold!