Watermelon is one of the best parts of summer. Join me in a super easy to make watermelon ricky that deserves to be called a mocktail.
If you’re like me you may get a little overzealous at times. If something is priced per piece, or perhaps per watermelon, I am going to find the biggest one in the store – even if I can barely lift it into my cart by myself. I’m just
thrifty cheap that way.
Well, it’s only saving money if you use the whole thing. I may have over bought on watermelon a couple time (or dozens). You know those big ones that can’t possibly fit in the fridge? Even if you cut it up you would need a whole fridge for the giant tupperware containers full of that juicy watermelon… what do you do then? Read on, rejoice with me and never throw out any watermelon again!
The easiest and most portable way to use up a watermelon is to make watermelon juice. Now that makes a lot of sense and it’s refreshing too! You don’t need a fancy juicer or even a high-speed blender to juice your watermelon.
It’s so simple and easy – just add cut up watermelon into your blender and blend as smooth as you can, then strain it through a fine mesh strainer. This removes the fibrous pieces and leaves you with watermelon juice. Ta-da!
Go to my Etsy store and get some cool vintage glasses to serve your drinks in. I’m in love with the old etched glasses and have a ton of them.
Now that you have a pitcher of deliciously refreshing watermelon juice that you can even drink as is, if you can’t bear to wait any longer…but I say let’s fancy it up a little more.
Mix in the juice of 2 limes and if it’s not sweet enough on its on you could lightly sweeten with liquid stevia or sweetener of your choice. I would definitely sweeten to taste since one watermelon could be sweeter than another. The batch I made today was sweet enough with just the watermelon juice and lime.
You could also toss in some fresh herbs like mint or lemon balm to the blender with the watermelon chunks. Make it a cocktail by adding a shot of gin or tequila. It’s your drink so dress it up the way you want it.
Refreshing Summer Watermelon Ricky Sweetened with Stevia
Simple to make and with watermelon juice, lime juice, and an optional sweetener, this is just the perfect summer mocktail. You can also add a little gin to make it your new favorite cocktail!
- 6 cups seedless and peeled watermelon chunks
- 2 limes
- 8 drops liquid stevia or 2 small packets, or sweetener of your choice, to taste, optional
- 1 ounce of gin per serving, optional
- Add the watermelon to a blender and blend well. If you have a high-speed blender, it will take about 1 minute, but if you have a less powerful one, it could take 3 to 4 minutes.
- Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl with a pour spout. Pour into a serving pitcher.
- Add in lime juice, stir and taste for sweetness. Add the sweetener of your choice if it isn't sweet enough by itself.
- You can garnish with a lime or watermelon slice.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6
Amount Per Serving Calories 53Sodium 2mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 1g
Be sure to try my watermelon gazpacho and the Watermelon Lemon-Balm Mint Cooler to use up some more of your watermelon. Now there’s no reason to not get the biggest one!
Ah, thanks for this. I’ve thrown away too many half-eaten watermelons for the reasons you mentioned!
Barbara | Creative Culinary says
Just ‘juiced’ an entire watermelon and it’s true nothing fancy required. I made a watermelon margarita; very similar to your recipe but with blanco tequila. It was slurped down really easily!
Kathy Hester says
That sounds delicious! I’m getting ready to make a new watermelon concoction today, so wish me luck 😉
Barbara | Creative Culinary says
I’m betting no luck required! Another fun thing I’ve done? If you get REALLY good watermelon, you slice it and then pour on a margarita mixture and let it soak in. My guests literally asked if they could lick their plates.I love watermelon so I’ll be seeing what you’re up to! 🙂
this sounds so refreshing, I cannot wait for watermelon season!
Florian @ContentednessCooking says
Just in time for summer! Refresher at its best, thank you kathy!
Holly @ Twisted Tastes says
That looks so good. I love watermelon. I never thought about juicing it since I never have leftovers, even when I buy the biggest in the store. Maybe I should just start a watermelon farm. My five kids would ensure nothing goes to waste, especially if I make a kid-friendly version of this recipe for them (not me…I get the real version!).