Essence of Eats: (errrrr… drinks) Homemade Watermelon Juice

When Hannah and I first arrived at the resort we stayed at in Puerto Plata, we were greeted with red-liquid filled champagne glasses while we checked in. Turns out … it was fresh watermelon juice … and it was delicious. I discovered that watermelon juice was available to me every morning at breakfast, and most days I drank it with my coffee, in lieu of water. I thought, “why is this not available in large containers like orange juice is at home?” Apparently there is a company Beyonce just invested in that does bottle fresh watermelon juice with a *hint* of lemon juice, but why bother with that when you can make a large batch at home, in minutes? (And it’s also much cheaper.)

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In addition to being delicious, watermelon is also super-hydrating (it is 92-percent water after all!) which makes it perfect for the hot summer days ahead. There are also about a million-and-one other health benefits, since it’s chock full of vitamins, has more lycopene than tomatoes, can help recoup sore muscles and helps with inflammation and blood flow. So … get crackin’! ….or chopping … that watermelon!

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What you’ll need

  • 1 large, ripe watermelon
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • a blender/food processor
  • whisk or wooden spoon
  • a chef knife and cutting board
  • a container/pitcher to store your juice

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Let’s make it

  1. Cut watermelon into 1-inch cubes, removing green rind. The white rind can stay on (it’s chock full of vitamins!)
  2. Try not to eat all of your watermelon while you’re cutting it, like I did
  3. Put chunks into blender, when blender is about 3/4 full, secure the lid, and blend on the highest setting.
  4. Move to container where it will be stored, and repeat until you have as much juice as you want, or until watermelon is gone.
  5. In storage container/pitcher, add 1/4 cup of lemon juice per 5 cups of watermelon juice.
  6. Mix thoroughly, using a whisk or wooden spoon.
  7. Pour into a glass and enjoy! Add ice cubes if you prefer juice a little colder.
  8. Juice will store, refrigerated, up to one week.

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