If you’re anywhere near Le Pain Quotidien (there’s a location in Rye), you HAVE to stop in for their refreshing Watermelon Cucumber Cooler. Imagine sweet summer watermelon mixed with garden-fresh cucumbers and invigorating mint, and you’ve got a drink that rejuvenates with every sip. Even my toddler loves it. (I’m not joking when I say that I look for reasons to go to Rye, just so I can order the watermelon juice to go.)
I wanted to try to make it at home, so I went online to see how other people mix up watermelon coolers. Some recipes use mint, some add agave nectar. But few take more than 10 minutes to throw together. Food blogger Laura Friendly‘s recipe is uber-easy and tastes so good, you can’t lose. Note: She lists two shots of vodka as an optional ingredient — obviously, if you’re making this for your wee ones, I’d leave that out.
Here’s what Laura’s recipe instructed me to do:
-4 cups of seedless watermelon, cubed
-1/2 cup seedless cucumbers, skin removed, cubed
-1 cup of ice
-2 tbsp of Agave nectar
-2 tbsp of lime
-2 fresh mint leaves
I put the watermelon, cucumber and ice in a blender until it was smooth, then added in the Agave nectar, lime and mint. After it was blended, I used a strainer to separate the juice from the food bits. I poured it into a glass and garnished with mint. Et voila!
Here’s a mid-summer refresher that everyone can enjoy!
Did you miss our last hot weather cocktail, Cucumber Mint Limeade? It’s another goodie on a hot day.