When the scorching heat is at its peak during the summer, all that you want to do is to replenish your dehydrated body with a lot of appropriate fluids and fruit juices. And in such conditions, there is nothing better that you can ask for than those watery Watermelons. Before sharing our exclusive easy-to-make watermelon recipes, let us discuss some health benefits of watermelon.
Watermelon is one of the finest anti aging fruits due to the Zinc and Selenium content in its seeds. It is also rich in vitamins and researches have shown that it can arrest even colon cancer and diabetes not to forget that its antioxidants are helpful to maintain a healthy heart.
When you make your watermelon recipes, make sure that you are not throwing away those seeds. This is true for other melon varieties as well.
Here are our picks of summer drinks based on watermelon. Well, what qualifies for a summer drink? Obviously something that serves you loads of H2O, glucose, vitamins, minerals and less of things that dehydrate you (e.g. caffeine, alcohol).
1. Watermelon Lemonade – Our variant
Ingredients (To serve two): Two tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice, 6 Oz (175ml) of orange juice, 6 Oz of drinking water, Three tablespoons of sugar, One pinch of salt, Two cups of fresh cut watermelon cubes
Method of preparation: Blend all ingredients (except the watermelon cubes) very well in a cocktail shaker or blender. Pour it into large glasses till 2/3rd level and top it with the watermelon cubes. Serve with a straw and a spoon. You have an amazing thirst-quencher there!
2. Watermelon Iced Tea
Well, strong tea or coffee is not exactly meant for summer. However, a little bit of Iced tea could be consumed as a chiller refresher for sure! Here’s a special iced tea variant.
Ingredients (To serve two): 4 teabags, 1 pint (or 500ml) of water, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoon of sugar, 1/3rd watermelon cut into cubes, 2 cups of ice.
Method of preparation: Brew the teabags in a teapot or in a pan of hot water for 3 minutes. Remove the teabags and keep this brew in fridge.
Blend the watermelon cubes, sugar and lemon juice well in a blender for a few seconds and strain and store this in the fridge as well.
When it’s time to serve, take equal quantities of the tea brew and juice, mix well, pour into a glass and top with ice cubes. Decorate with mint leaves and serve.
(And what about making the same drink with green tea? Well, I have tried that as well. It is even better and offers more health benefits. Needless to say, if you want to make this drink taste like juice than iced tea, you might want to add more sugar.)
3. Watermelon and coke
Ingredients (To serve one): 1 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/6 watermelon cut into cubes, 1 cups of ice and coke as needed.
Method of preparation: Blend the lemon juice, sugar, watermelon cubes and a few ice cubes in a blender and strain. Pour it into a highball glass till 3/4th level and add 3-4 ice cubes. Very slowly pour up to two ounces of coke on top so that it creates a very good texture of the pink juice and coke separated by the ice. Server with a straw and decorated with a couple of fresh mint leaves.
Have fun this summer with our watermelon recipes!