This watermelon lime slushie is an extremely refreshing drink with watermelon, lime, strawberries and coconut water. Summer in a cup.
If you live anywhere in the northeast, you’d have wanted this in your hand over the last 2 days. My car said 102 the entire 2 hour drive from Connecticut to New York yesterday. 1-0-flippin’-2.
I’m not one to complain about heat usually. My favorite part about summer is stepping out of an over air-conditioned store into that blast of hot air. I dream of that feeling when I’m wrapped in fleece blankets, fuzzy socks and oversized sweat pants in January. I’d rather be sweating bullets than freezing cold any day. But yesterday, it was literally hard to breathe. My sunglasses fogged up when I opened the car door. I’d equate it to that suffocating feeling you get when you step into a sauna and force yourself to stay in there for at least 5 minutes because gosh darnit, it must be good for you! Sometimes I personify my car and actually feel bad for it in extreme conditions. Yesterday, I watched the temperature gauge like a hawk fully expecting it to just shoot over to the H at any moment and give up. Any normal person would’ve in those conditions. Poor thing had to blast the A/C in traffic for half the trip and then speed along at 75 for the rest of it. That’s like 45 minutes of HIIT followed by a marathon in 102 degree weather.
Ok, this is getting weird. I’ll stop.
I’ve decided 12 pound watermelons are a good thing. Mainly because I don’t want to go another day without this drink in my hand.
Watermelon, lime, strawberries, coconut water. Can you say summer in a glass?
It’s the most refreshing thing my lips have ever tasted and it makes 102 degree days seem like a breezy walk in the park.
Watermelon Lime Slushie
- 2 cups watermelon, cubed
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1/2 tablespoon agave, honey or other sweetener will work also
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1 cup ice
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until ice is broken up into a "slushie" consistency.
- Serve over more ice and garnish with mint if desired.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.